The Mary-Ann van Dam School of Nursing

The Mary Ann van Dam School of Nursing is an initiative of the Matibabu Foundation in partnership with local and international health stakeholders to promote quality healthcare in Kenya and in the international arena.


Awards, Honors and Grants

School of Nursing: Mary Ann van Dam School of Nursing in Ukwala, Kenya. Named after me for my “outstanding contribution to Nursing in Kenya and for nursing care of the people of the region”. Planned opening for Fall 2014.


SFSU 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award: Nominee


Keynote Speaker for the Undergraduate Students, Pinning and Hooding Ceremony, May 2013.


Keynote Speaker for the Undergraduate Students, Pinning and Hooding Ceremony, Dec 2012.



Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings & Presentations:


van Dam, M.A. 2009 “Lesbian identity disclosure assessment: The ALIDA instrument: A method to measure the degree lived disclosure for lesbian parents” presented in Copenhagen, Denmark at the International Conference for LGBT Human Rights.


Research and Publications

Current Research Projects

2013- present: The Gay Men’s Disclosure Study: Data collection has begun in late October 2014 collecting a data from gay men from all states and provinces the USA and Canada. The study will compare disclosure, social support and depression. It will also be testing the ALIDA instrument, which was designed to measure disclosure on Lesbian women, on gay men to further study the phenomenon of disclosure and to identify differences and similarity between gay men and lesbian women.

Mary-Ann A Van Dam, Ph.D.


RN, George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1978

BSN, University of California, San Francisco, 1986

MS in Nursing - Specialized in Pediatric Acute and Chronic Care, University of California San Francisco, 1989

Pediatric Nurse Practioner, University of California San Francisco, 1989


National Public Radio 50-minute interview On Point with Tom Ashbrook on "Chinese Astrology and Chinese New Year" (January 23, 2012).


Current Community and Professional Involvement

Chinese America: History and Perspectives, Editorial Board (2009-present)
Santisuksa: Journal of Peace Studies, Editorial Board (2014-present)
Southeast Asians in the Diaspora, Brill, Editorial Board  (2014-present)
Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement (JSAAEA), Editorial Board (2011-present)

Honors, Awards, and Grants

Early Career Award, Association for Asian American Studies
2012 & 2013   
Ernest A. Lynton Award for Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty, SFSU Nominee
SFSU Presidential Award
Emmett R. Quady Foundation Grant
California Lutheran University Diversity Professor of the Year Award Nominee
University of California Presidential Year Dissertation Fellowship


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