Faculty and Staff

Colleen Barbarito

Professor • Department of Nursing

Colleen Barbarito received a nursing diploma from Orange Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, graduated with a baccalaureate degree from William Paterson College, and earned a Master’s degree from Seton Hall University, all in New Jersey. She received her Doctor of Education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. Prior to a position in education, Dr. Barbarito’s clinical experiences included medical-surgical, critical care, and emergency nursing. Dr. Barbarito has been a faculty member at William Paterson University since 1983, where she has taught physical assessment and a variety of clinical laboratory courses,
critical thinking for undergraduate nursing students and curriculum development at the graduate level.
Dr. Barbarito co-authored two books with Donita D’Amico--Modules for Medication Administration and Comprehensive Health Assessment:A Student Workbook. She published articles on anaphylaxis in American Journal of Nursing and Coping with Allergies and Asthma. Her research includes physical assessment and a collaboration on revising a physical assessment project with results published as a brief in Nurse Educator. As a faculty member,Dr. Barbarito participated in committees to explore curricular change and to develop multimedia learning modules for critical thinking. Dr. Barbarito is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and served as an officer of the Iota Alpha Chapter, and is a member of the American Nurses’ Association.

Professional Interests

Critical Thinking
Clinical Judgment
Comprehensive Health Assessment

Other Interests

Fabric Crafts


EdD Nursing, Teacher's College, Columbia University New York,


Adult Nursing

Notable Courses Taught

Comprehensive Health Assessment
Critical Thinking and Inquiry
Curriculum Development

University Hall

By Appointment