Susan Mellott Ph.D., RN, CPHQ, CPPS, FNAHQ



Susan Mellott Ph.D., RN, CPHQ, CPPS, FNAHQ

6700 Fannin St.
Houston, Tx 77030


Over the past thirty plus years Dr. Mellott has focused on healthcare quality and patient safety in multiple settings including hospitals, long term care centers, home health settings, clinics, and networks. She has experience with patient safety, improving patient/customer satisfaction and quality, decreasing costs, medical staff credentialing, OPPE/FPPE, and other areas while involving teams from the facility, including physicians and administrative staff. Currently, Dr. Mellott is a Professor for Texas Woman's University in Houston, Texas nursing program. Dr. Mellott is also the President, CEO of Mellott & Associates LLC., which provides educational services to healthcare facilities and groups. Dr. Mellott is a member of the State of Texas Healthcare Safety Advisory Committee. Dr. Mellott has held CPHQ certification since 1991, her CPPS certification since 2015, and has been a Fellow of the National Association of Healthcare Quality since 1999. Dr. Mellott has numerous publications and addresses groups around the country regarding healthcare quality, patient safety, and performance improvement. Dr. Mellott's research focus is patient safety and performance improvement.


Ph.D., Health Education & Wellness, Texas A&M University System : College Station, 1987
M.S.N., Pediatric Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, 1978
B.S.N., Nursing, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1973

Research Interests

Patient Safety; Performance/Quality Improvement; Female Veterans; Evidence-based Practice

Latest Articles

Body Image Perceptions of Women Veterans with Military Sexual Trauma
Issues in Mental Health Nursing (2018)
Wyona Freysteinson, Susan Mellott, Tania Celia, Jinlan Du, Marilyn Goff

The language of scholarship: How to rapidly locate and avoid common APA errors
Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing (2015)
Wyona M Freysteinson, Rebecca Krepper, Susan Mellott

The Efficacy of High-Fidelity Simulation on Psychomoter Clinical Performance Improvement of Undergraduate Nursing Students
Computers Informatics Nursing (2014)
Mary Anne Vincent, Susan Sheriff, Susan Mellott


Healthcare Quality Handbook
JB Quality Solutions (2018)
Susan Mellott

Healthcare Quality Handbook
JB Quality Solutions (2015)
Susan Mellott

The Janet Brown Healthcare Quality Handbook 28th edition
JB Quality Solutions (2014)
Susan Mellott


Enterprise Risk Management in Healthcare
in Surgical Patient Care: Improving Safety, Quality, and Value | Springer (2017)
Susan Mellott

Perioperative Risk and Management of Surgical Patients
in Surgical Patient Care: Improving Safety, Quality, and Value | Springer (2017)
Susan Mellott

Performance Improvement
in Hyperbaric Nursing and Wound Care | Best Publishing (2011)
Susan Mellott, K Barr

Patient Safety Initiatives
in Nursing Malpractice, 4th Edition, Vol.1 | Lawyers & Judges (2011)
P Iyer, S Mellott

Patient Safety Initiatives and Medical Records
in Medical-Legal Aspects of Medical Records | Lawyers & Judges (2010)
P Iyer, S Mellott

Informed Consent
in Nurse Consulting, Principles and Practice, 3rd ed. Vol 1 | CRC Press (2010)
Susan Mellott

Patient Safety Initiatives
in Nursing Malpractice | Lawyers & Judges (2007)
P Iyer, S Mellott, T Haas

Current Projects

Patient Safety Research – Infusion of patient safety in the didactic and clinical portions of courses in an undergraduate nursing curriculum. Research project is an over 3 years endeavor with patient safety infused into all of the clinical courses in the TWU undergraduate nursing curriculum. Homeless Female Veterans and their self-image related to military sexual trauma (MST) and/or sexual harassment. Part 1 (Qualitative research) completed identifying a need for these individuals to work through their residual effects from this trauma. Part 2 (Quantitative research) will focus on the development of a program to assist these individuals with coping with their MST issues. Evidence-based Practice Research - Comparing competency and perceived value of learning evidence-based practice (EBP) in TWU traditional undergraduate nursing students. Measured the differences in students' EBP knowledge throughout the 4 semesters of undergraduate courses. Results indicated that there are little significant differences between semesters in terms of EBP competency. As s result, interventions are being made and re-measurement will occur.

Externally Funded Projects

Lucile Perry Leone Research Grant Year 1 of 1
Sigma Theta Tau - Beta Beta Chapter | 2017
Role: Co-Investigator

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society Of Professionals in Patient Safety
  • National Association for Healthcare Quality
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Theta Tau
  • Telluride Experience Alumni Network
  • Texas Association for Healthcare Quality
  • Texas Gulf Coast Association for Healthcare Quality