Jessica Varghese, Ph.D.

Assistant ProfessorIndustry Professional
Ph.D., Nursing, University of Buffalo, State University of New YorkM.S., Nursing Leadership in Healthcare Systems, Grand Canyon UniversityM.A., Urban Affairs, Queens College, City University of New YorkB.S., Nursing, St. John Fisher College

Dr. Varghese joined St. John’s University in the Fall of 2022 as an Assistant Professor/Industry Professional in the Nursing program at St. John’s University in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She earned a Ph.D. in Nursing from University at Buffalo, State University of New York, in 2017. She has a M.S. in Nursing Leadership and a M.A. in Urban Affairs. She completed her undergraduate nursing degree at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY.  

Dr. Varghese has been a registered nurse for more than 20 years. Her dissertation research was on structural empowerment and work engagement in managed care nurses. Dr. Varghese has a strong interest in global and environmental health, health policy, trauma-informed care, professional identity, and equity/justice research.

Areas of Expertise

Healthcare Workforce, Informatics, Advocacy and Global Health

Joseph, M., & Varghese, J. (2022). The Impact of an International Outreach Trip on Undergraduate Students Perspectives on Global Health and Future Practice. Nursing Economics40(1), 42–45.

Varghese, J., & Moss, E. (2021). The Power of Influence: Nurses’ Role in Advocacy and the Legislative Process, ViewPoint, 43(5).


Varghese, J. (2021). What Factors Impact Work Engagement Among Managed Care Nurses? Journal of Managed Care Nursing,  8(1).

Kopp, G.S., Overgaard, P.M., Varghese, J., & Webber, S. (2020) Understanding Legislation During COVID-19, ViewPoint, 42(5).