Dr. Naegle is Professor Emerita and immediate past Director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Geriatric Nursing Education at 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 interventions in generalist and specialty care settings. She is the founding editor 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 issue and impaired professional practice. Her program development and interprofessional education and research program grants were funded by NIDA, NIAAA, HRSA and the US State Department.
Beginning with 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 building nursing’s capacity to influence health policy in the Latin American/Caribbean Region. She is past Associate Director of the Dissemination/Implementation Core of the NYU based Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR), an interdisciplinary NIDA funded collaborative of over 60 affiliated investigators from three universities and NDRI, and Co-PI, the SARET project, NYU. She has held numerous leadership positions at Meyers and NYU and in nursing and inter-professional groups and organizations.