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Dawn Straiton

Contributing Faculty

College of Nursing

Degree Program Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Dr. Dawn Straiton is a global mental health specialist with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice[1] from Chatham University (2014), MSN from University of Pennsylvania (1999), and BSN from Holy Family University (1995). She has worked in the field of Psychiatry/Mental Health for over 20 years, across all clinical settings prior to expanding to international work first in the Jamaican Ministry of Health (2003) then global mental health with the United Nations (UN since 2007). She currently works as the Chief/Senior Staff Counsellor at UN Headquarters and has also worked as a Global Project Manager for health & psychosocial risk assessment (PRA) projects. She has completed health/psychosocial risk and healthcare facility assessments in Madagascar, Nepal, Jamaica, Djibouti, Yemen, and Iraq. Her work has allowed her to develop and development mental health services including crisis intervention, counselling, and wellness training that is delivered to UN Personnel around the globe.

Dr. Straiton provides global leadership across the UN common system in her positions in the UN Staff/Stress Counsellors Group[2], Implementation Board for Mental Health Strategy, and UN Lab for Organizational Change & Knowledge. While working in the international healthcare setting, she has maintained her ANCC dual license as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist and skills to provide independent clinical assessment and diagnosis and treatment (psychotherapy and psychopharmacology). Dr. Straiton was appointed as Adjunct Faculty for the Department of Psychiatry at the New York University, School of Medicine (2010-2013). In 2020, she joined Walden University as Contributing Faculty in the School of Nursing.

[1] DNP Capstone project focused on training on healthcare workers to increase knowledge, improve attitude, and enhance interventions to improve medication adherence in patients with psychiatric conditions.
[2] Chairs/participates on Psychosocial Risk Assessment, Ethics, and Critical Incident Working Groups


DNP, Chatham University - Pittsburgh, PA United States

MSN, University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, PA United States

BSN, Holy Family University - Philadelphia, PA United States


Straiton, D. A. (2018). Professional Training on Psychosocial Risk Assessments at Work. United Nations.

Straiton, D. A. (2020). Psychosocial Aspects of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Train-the-Trainer for Mental Health Professionals. United Nations.