Dr. Marianne Hattar-Pollara is the founding Chair of the Nursing Department of California State University Northridge. Her research and publications examine cross cultural and global women’s health issues and international nursing. She had held several professorial and administrative positions including the Associate Dean for research and graduate programs and Chair of the Ph.D. program positions at APU, where she led the wok in developing and of the Nursing Ph.D. program. She holds a doctoral degree from the University of California, San Francisco and a Master’s degree She from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN)) and is past Chair of the Expert Panel of the Global Nursing and Health of the American Academy of Nursing.