Tamala David, a Rochester native, joined the SUNY faculty in the Fall of 2008. She teaches Senior-level clinical courses, including Community Health Nursing and the Senior Nursing Seminar (Capstone), in the traditional BSN program.
Dr. David received her Bachelor´s degree in Nursing and her Master´s degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Healthcare and Non-profit Management from the State University of New York College at Brockport. She also received her Master´s degree in Nursing, with a specialty as a Family Nurse Practitioner, from the University of Rochester School of Nursing while concurrently completing her PhD in Health Practice Research.
Dr. David grew up in a household with a deaf family member, so she also studied American Sign Language and Interpreting Education at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology during her undergraduate and graduate studies. In sum, her education has provided her with great insight on how to best aid in delivering health care to deaf populations.
Dr. David´s research interests include gaining an understanding of the health knowledge, health beliefs, and health behaviors of Deaf Sign Language users and identifying ways to promote health and prevent or manage diseases among under-served populations (including racial/ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, and especially, Deaf Sign Language users). She is actively involved in research activities with the National Center for Deaf Health Research at the University of Rochester´s Department of Community and Preventive Medicine. She has provided and/or participated in several poster and podium presentations at local, national, and international conferences and has a growing body of published research.
Dr. David is in private practice as a community health consultant and as a practitioner in long-term home care and other community-health related activities. She has worked with many businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and families in the upstate New York area.
Dr. David has received several awards for outstanding academic performance and professional community health service. She is a faculty mentor for EOP students who intend to major in nursing at the College at Brockport and she precepts RN and LPN students pursuing higher education, from various institutions, in long-term home care and other community-health related activities.
Dr. David enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering for her church, and having fun with her friends in her spare time.