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Bette Mariani


Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Nursing

Villanova University


Bette Mariani is Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Nursing at Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing.

Dr. Mariani has distinguished herself across her 38-year career in nursing by her dedication to teaching, scholarship, and service to advance the science of nursing education and simulation. She served as President of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL), Chair of the Research Committee, and received its Excellence in Academia award. She was further recognized by the National League for Nursing (NLN) as a Fellow in the Academy of Nursing Education for her contributions to advancing the science and practice of nursing education. Dr. Mariani is known as a leader and expert in simulation, debriefing, instrument development, and psychometric testing. Her pioneering work with standardized patients with disabilities led to the development of unfolding simulation case studies and teaching strategies for the NLN Advancing Care Excellence Series on Caring for People with Disability, which are now publicly available for use around the world. Dr. Mariani has disseminated her work through multiple publications, book chapters, and national and international presentations, and she serves as Research Brief Editor for Nursing Education Perspectives. She has presented globally in Australia and Asia on best practices in simulation and has served as a consultant to promote international collaboration on simulation-based nursing education.

Dr. Mariani earned her BSN from Villanova University, MSN from the University of Pennsylvania, and PhD from Widener University.

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