Chatham University

Nursing Faculty and Staff

Diane Hunker Ph. D., MBA, RN
Chatham Faculty

Director of Nursing Programs, DNP Program Coordinator & Assistant Professor

Hometown : Franklin Park, PA

Joined Chatham : 2007

Academic Areas of Interest
Graduate Nursing Education, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research in Womens Health

Dr. Hunker serves as the Director of Nursing Programs,DNP Program Coordinator and is a full-time faculty member in the RN-BSN, MSN and DNP Nursing Programs.
Bachelors of Science in Nursing, University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA) 1989
Masters in Business Administration, University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA) 1994
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA), 2007
Pessagno, R., Hunker, D.F. The use of short-term group psychotherapy as an evidenced-based psychiatric nursing intervention for first-time mothers at risk for postpartum depression. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care. July 2012
Gazza, E., Shellenbarger, T., Hunker, D.F. ,Developing Scholarly Writers: The Experiences of Students Enrolled in a PhD Nursing Program. , Nurse Education Today, June 2012..
Gazza, E., Hunker, D.F. Facilitating Scholarly Writer Development: The Writing Scaffold. Nursing Forum. 2011
Hunker, D.F., Patrick, T.E., Albrecht, S.A., Wisner, K.L. Is difficult childbirth related to postpartum maternal outcomes in the early postpartum period? Archives of Women’s Mental Health. July 2009
Wisner, K.L., Sit, D., Hanusa, B.H., Moses-Kolko, E.L., Bogen, D.L., Hunker, D.F., Perel, J.M., Jones-Ivey, S., Bodnar,L., Singer, L. Major Depression and Antidepressant Treatment: Impact on Pregnancy and Neonatal Outcomes. April 2009
2007 - present Pennsylvania State Nurses Association
2007-present National League for Nursing
1988-present Sigma Theta Tau International, Eta Chapter
Gazza, E.A, Shellenbarger, T., Hunker, D.F. Becoming a Scholarly Writer: The Experience of First Semester PhD Students. NETNEP 4th International Nurse Education Conference (Baltimore, MD), June 2012, Oral Presentation.
Spadaro, K. and Hunker, D.F. Developing an Online Mindfulness Intervention for Distance Learners. AACN Doctoral Conference (Naples, FL), January 2012. Poster Presentation.
Gazza, E.A., Hunker, D.F. Recognizing Doctoral Level Writing Deficiencies: Strategies for Success (January 2010). AACN Doctoral Conference, Captiva Island, FL
Doas, M.D, and Hunker, D.F. "Who are our DNP students?". NLN Education Summit, Philadelphia, PA September, 2009
Doas, M.D, and Hunker, D.F. "Who are our DNP students?". AACN Doctoral Conference (San Diego, CA), January 2009
Hunker, D. (April 2008). Effects of Adverse Birth Events on Maternal Mood, Functional Status, and Infant Care. National teleconference for
Hunker, D. (November 2007) Effects of Birth Events on Maternal Mood and Functional Status. Abstract for poster presentation, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, 39th Biennial Convention, Baltimore, MD