Colleen Halverson, Ph.D., RN

Assistant Professor


Colleen Halverson, Ph.D., RN

IHSD 7609


Dr. Halverson, Assistant Professor at TWU in Dallas, is a critical care/resuscitation science specialist with over 40 years of clinical, education, and product development experience. She has been involved with the American Heart Association (AHA) Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) development of resuscitation guidelines throughout the United States (U.S.) and internationally. She worked with AHA ECC teams to develop the ECC Handbook and advanced life products such as the teaching tools for the Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support courses. Her dissertation, Predictors of Cardiac Arrest in Rapid Response Systems, was conducted using an AHA data base from the Get With The Guidelines®-Resuscitation (GWTG-R).


Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX
M.S., Clinical Nurse Specialist, Texas Woman's University College of Nursing, Denton, TX
B.S., State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Research Interests

Critical Competency Integration; Adult Health; Resuscitation Science; Cardiopulmonary Pre-Arrest Surveillance; Interprofessional Practice and Collaboration; Pediatric Advanced Life Support; Nursing Surveillance

Current Projects

Her current research centers on improving professional nursing care for medical-surgical and critically ill patients in the areas of detection and management of patients in crises.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses
  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Beta Beta Chapter
  • Textbook & Academic Authors Association