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Rebecca Zalenski, MSNED, BSN

  • Clinical Assistant Professor


My name is Rebecca Zalenski and I am a nurse educator for the Patricia H. Garman School of Nursing. With over ten years' experience, I bring my passion for nursing to the classroom. I believe in creating a positive and empowering learning environment. I hope to educate nursing students to be competent, compassionate, and knowledgeable by using innovative teaching techniques in the classroom and clinical experiences. In my free time you can find me reading evidenced based nursing and education articles, camping with my husband and three children, or cheering on the Buffalo Bills. 

Education & Training

  • MSN-Ed, Daemen College, 2019
  • BSN, Daemen College, 2014
  • ASN, Trocaire College, 2010

Awards & Honors

  • President's Excellence Award in Community Engagement (2023)
  • D’Youville Department of Health Administration and Public Health Preceptor of the Year (2019)
  • Buffalo Public Schools School Wellness Team Higher Education Partner of the Year (2019, 2016)
  • D’Youville Department of Health Services Administration Faculty of the Year Award (2019, 2015)
  • D’Youville American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Faculty Scholar Award (2015)
  • Scholarship Recipient ($5,000) The Morris E. and Lucille R. Opler Dissertation Writing Scholarship (2007)
  • Miami University Undergraduate Summer Scholars Academic Grant ($2,400) Awarded at Miami University to 100 students each year to fund faculty-supervised independent research (faculty supervisor: Peter Williams, Dept. of Religious Studies). (1997)

Research Interests

  • Community Health
  • Maternal/Child Health
  • Community Health Workers
  • Culturally Responsive Healthcare/Cultural Competency


  • Kayler L, Breckenridge B C, Thomas C C, Brinser-Day S C, Sierra, E C, Cadzow R, Feeley T, Tumiel-Berhalter L. (2022) Using Community-Based Participatory Research to Create Animated Videos to Attenuate Disparities in Access to Kidney Transplant Information. Prog Transplant (2022 Dec 13 online) doi: 10.1177/15269248221145031 
  • Keller MM, Lucas T, Cadzow R, Feeley T, Tumiel Berhalter L, Kayler L (2022) Patient perceptions by race of educational animations about living kidney donation made for a diverse population. PLoS ONE 17(9): e0266867. https://
  • AL-Rajie RMS, Whelan M, Ali-Sayeed N, Cadzow R, Leung JMS. (2022-accepted) Government-Assisted Syrian Refugee Perceptions of Dietary Acculturation in Canada: A Qualitative Study. Critical Dietetics In Press. 
  • Ranahan M, Dolph B, VonVisger J, Cadzow R. Feeley T, Kayler LK. (2021) A narrative review of qualitative studies describing access to kidney transplantation. Prog Transplant 31(2): 174-183, doi: 10.1177/15269248211002804
  • Smith S, Haseley N, Keller MP, Cadzow R, Feeley T, Kayler L. (2021) Development and preliminary evaluation of a patient-facing educational video about live kidney donor surgical complications. Transplantation Direct, doi: 10.1097/TXD.0000000000001194. 
  • Kayler LK, Seibert RE, Dolph B, Keller MMP, Cadzow RB, Nie J, Noyes K, Feeley TH. (2021) Video education to facilitate patient outreach about living kidney donation: a proof of concept. Clin Transplant 35(12)e14477. doi: 10.1111/ctr.14477.
  • Kayler LK, Dolph B, Ranahan M, Keller MP, Cadzow R, Feeley TH. (2021) Kidney transplant evaluation and listing: development and preliminary evaluation of multimedia education for patients. Ann Transplant. Mar 2;26:e929839. doi: 10.12659/AOT.929839. 
  • Dauphin C, Clark N, Cadzow R, Saad-Harfouche F, Rodriguez E, Glaser K, Kiviniemi M, Keller MP, Erwin D. (2020) #BlackBreastsMatter: Methods for Recruitment and Engagement of Pregnant African American Women using Social Media for an Intervention Trial to Increase Breastfeeding. Journal of Medical Internet Research,10(22): e16239. doi: 10.2196/16239 


Contact Information

Phone: (716) 829-7855 Email: Office: ALT 510