Meet the Faculty

Judi Theresa O'Hara
Assistant Professor

C.A.G.S., Rivier College
M.S., University of Massachusetts at Lowell
B.S., University of Massachusetts at Lowell

Phone: (603) 897-8495; Email:

• Multicultural Health
• Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention in Higher Education
• Health Assessment


After graduating from the University of Lowell with a BS in Nursing in 1982, Judi O’Hara worked as an oncology/ hematology nurse at New England Medical Center, in Boston, MA. In 1985 Judi completed a MS from University of Lowell in Primary Health Care Nursing, Adult Nurse Practitioner Track. Upon relocation to the Midwest she worked as a CCU nurse at Saint Louis University Hospital, as a hospice home care nurse for the Visiting Nurse Association and as clinical instructor for Jefferson Memorial Community College.  Judi has been employed full time at Rivier since 1991and currently teaches courses both face to face and in the online learning environment. Teaching responsibilities include Health Assessment, Nursing Leadership, Families and Health in a Multicultural Society, Policy and Politics in the Nursing and Professional Nursing Capstone.  In 2000, Judi obtained a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Leadership and Learning from Rivier.  Judi serves as co-chair of the Rivier’s Task Force on Alcohol and Other Drugs and serves on New Hampshire Higher Education Alcohol and Other Drug Committee. She actively participates in regional initiatives related to health equity.

Academic Philosophy
"My academic philosophy has been greatly influenced by the teachings of Parker Palmer. Within the learning community, I strive, as a facilitator, to support each student in his/her own inner learning journey. Connections are encouraged between members of the learning community and the greater communities in which we exist. Through Rivier’s Nursing Center I attempt to  facilitate learning side by side with students and encourage connections within these greater communities. As a nurse and an educator I have a passion for lifelong learning and want to share that passion with students.”


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For info, contact:
Dr. Paula Williams
Dean of Nursing
(603) 897-8530  

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