Dr. Naegle is Professor and Director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Geriatric Nursing Education at Rory Meyers College of Nursing, New York University. She is nationally and internationally known as a psychiatric-mental health/substance abuse content expert and educator and has designed and implemented advanced practice specialty nursing as well as continuing education programs on mental health and addiction. Dr. Naegle’s research has focused on alcohol use disorders and the evaluation of nursing intervention in generalist and specialty care settings. She is the founding member of the Journal of Addictions Nursing and has published extensively on nursing roles, education and practice standards in substance related disorders. In leadership positions, she has worked to disseminate research findings as foundational to policy and organization position statements on psychiatric-mental health/substance use, professional nursing responses to substance use as a public health problem and impaired professional practice. Her program development and interprofessional education and research program grants have been funded by NIDA, NIAAA and HRSA.
Since her appointment as Director, WHO CC in Geriatric Nursing Education in 2004, she has worked to build international recognition of geriatric nursing competencies and nursing capacity to care for older adults, using nursing and health organization networks in the Latin American and Caribbean. In elected and appointed organization positions, she has collaborated in the dissemination of best nursing practices in healthy aging/geriatric care, substance use and mental health and older adults, and in building nursing’s capacity to influence health policy in the Latin American/Caribbean Region. She serves as Associate Director of the Dissemination/Implementation Core of the NYUCN based Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR), an interdisciplinary NIDA funded collaborative of over 60 affiliated investigators from three universities and NDRI. She has held numerous leadership positions at her school and university and in nursing and inter-professional groups and organizations.