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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Las Vegas Sun
UNLV’s School of Nursing has earned two top 10 rankings for its online program, according to the U.S. News & World Report.
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A new report has ranked UNLV School of Nursing programs as among the best in the nation.
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The graduate nursing program at UNLV ranked higher this year than the previous, according to US News & World Report’s annual listing of the country’s best graduate degrees.
Vital Views Podcast
Why is gun violence considered a public health issue? UNLV School of Nursing Dean Angela Amar returns to the podcast to explain gun violence from a nurse leader perspective. Topics include potential preventive measures; the long-term mental health implications stemming from these incidents; and the risks of becoming desensitized to shootings in our society.

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Campus News | February 10, 2022

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