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

January 6, 2021
As the COVID-19 surge continues, hospitals across the United States – including Southern Nevada hospitals – are dealing with the ongoing nursing shortage.
October 28, 2020
Angela Amar, Dean of UNLV School of Nursing, is interviewed by former Lady Rebels basketball coach Jim Bolla on the importance of healthcare workers on the frontlines and SON's role in promoting nurses as essential workers.
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.
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.

Articles Featuring Angela F. Amar

Students walking with backpacks on UNLV campus
Campus News | January 25, 2021
Online master’s program for School of Nursing ranks 7th overall and College of Education earns highest-ever placement at 35th; Liberal Arts’ online bachelor’s in psychology debuts at 26th. 
Claytee White sits in a chair and gestures toward a woman sitting to her right
Arts and Culture | December 30, 2020
A sampling of university experts who sounded off on the year’s monumental movements surrounding race, ethnicity, and gender.