Angela F. Amar

Dean and Professor, UNLV School of Nursing
Expertise: Mental Health Nursing, Sexual and Dating Violence, Diversity in Nursing Leadership, Forensic Nursing


Angela Amar is professor and dean of UNLV’s School of Nursing. 

An active researcher and administrator, Amar has dedicated her nursing career to enhancing diversity in nursing leadership and to improving care and support for survivors of violence, particularly dating violence. Her research on dating violence, sexual assault, and mental health responses to traumatic experiences has earned funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the National Institute of Nursing Research. She has published research in numerous academic journals and is co-author of the book, A Practical Guide to Forensic Nursing.  

Amar is certified as a clinical nurse specialist in advanced practice adult psychiatric and mental health, and as an advanced forensic nurse. She is on the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Future of Nursing Scholars program.

Prior to joining UNLV in 2018, she developed forensic nursing programs for Emory University, Georgetown University and Boston College, and she established an educational model for nursing schools nationwide. 


  • Ph.D., Nursing Science, University of Pennsylvania

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Angela F. Amar In The News

PHLV Radio
August 21, 2020
"Racism and Nursing" with Angela Amar, Dean at UNLV School of Nursing and Minnie Wood, Lecturer/Clinical Instructor at UNLV School of Nursing. Hosted by Doris Bauer, President of the Philippine Nurses Association of Nevada - PNANV.
National League for Nursing
August 14, 2020
View a complimentary recording of the Inside Higher Education webinar recorded on August 14. Drs. Angela Amar, Lisa Day, and Jenny O'Rourke explored how shifts in course delivery impact curriculum and assessment. We know for certain that key foundational principles of good teaching hold consistent and will impact how today’s nursing students benefit from their nursing education in the unique context of COVID-19.
Las Vegas Review Journal
July 22, 2020
It’s strange how getting a haircut, grabbing a bite to eat and planning a vacation have become so fraught with a sense of anxiety verging on impending doom over the past few months.
KCLV Channel 2
July 2, 2020
Deans of the UNLV Dental and Nursing schools Lily T. Garcia and Angela Amar discuss ways medical professionals are working to make doctor visits safe.