Dr. H. Michael Dreher
Dean, School of Nursing

Dr. H. Michael Dreher has worked in the field of nursing for thirty years, and at Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions in Philadelphia for the past seventeen years, before joining The College of New Rochelle in June 2014. At Drexel, he served as Associate Director of BSN Programs and Director of MSN Programs. As the founding Chair of the Doctoral Nursing Department, Dr. Dreher developed one of the first Doctor of Nursing Practice programs in the country in 2005. This program prepared doctoral advanced nursing practice clinical scholars and included the first mandatory doctoral nursing study abroad program in the U.S.

A graduate of the University of South Carolina (AS, BSN, MN), Dr. Dreher received his Ph.D. in Nursing Science from Widener University. He continued as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology, School of Medicine and School of Nursing, specializing in sleep in medical and psychiatric illness. He has been funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Center for American Nurses, and various other agencies.

Dr. Dreher regularly contributes to scholarly publications on advanced practice doctoral nursing education and has co-authored three books, including Philosophy of Science for Nursing Practice (with Michael Dahnke) which received a 5-Star Doody Review in 2011 and was selected as a Core Doody Title 2011-2013; and two first-place American Journal of Nursing Books of the Year: Role Development for Doctoral Advanced Nursing Practice (2011, with Mary Ellen Smith Glasgow) and Legal Issues Confronting Today's Nursing Faculty (2012, with Mary Ellen Smith Glasgow & Toby Oxholm, III).

Dr. Dreher is an Associate Editor for Clinical Scholars Review: The Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice and edits a column on practice evidence. He is well known as a national and international scholar on the professional/practice doctorate and was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) in 2012, for outstanding achievements in the discipline. He is a native of South Carolina, a longtime Philadelphian, and currently resides in Manhattan.