Diana Odland Neal, PhD, RN, PHN, Lecturer


Dr. Diana Neal is currently Part-time Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Health Studies at the University of Washington- Bothell. She also worked in Nursing Education at Children’s Hospital and as a nursing professor at St. Catherine University and St. Olaf College in Minnesota. Dr. Neal’s areas of clinical expertise are Pediatric Medical-Surgical Care and Neonatal Intensive Care, where she worked as a staff nurse, transport nurse, and neonatal nurse educator. She was a staff nurse in the Intensive Infant Care Center (ICC) at Children’s Hospital Minnesota until 2021 when she moved to Washington. She is passionate about holistic care for children, healthcare in Africa, and educating nursing students.


Dr. Neal is a member of the Minnesota Consortium for Nursing Education Research (MCNER) whose team completed a pilot and full-scale study on Enhancing Clinical Reasoning: Teaching Thinking Through Debriefing. Dr. Neal and the MCNER team secured grants including the 2012 Debra L. Spunt from the International Nursing Association for Clinical Learning (INACSL) and the 2013 Sigma Theta Tau Chi-At-Large Chapter Scholarship Award. Dissemination of the findings included regional, national, and international presentations. Her areas of research focus are on developmental care for preterm infants in the NICU, educational strategies related to teaching nursing students, and complementary therapies.


University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

  • MS in Maternal-Child Health Nursing and Education, Master’s Thesis: The Physiological Effects of a Nursing Intervention of Intermittent Tactile Stimulation on Preterm Infants

University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

  • PhD in Nursing within the Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs and a minor in Complementary Therapies and Healing Practices, PhD Dissertation: Music as a Health Patterning Modality for Preterm Infants in the NICU


Email: dianane@uw.edu

Courses Taught

  • Theories and Methods of Teaching and Learning
  • Translating Scholarly Knowledge to Nursing Practice
  • Translational Research I