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Dr. DeBellis has been a nurse educator for over 30 years. A graduate of MSMC, Teachers College-Columbia University, and Nebraska Methodist College, Dr. DeBellis has taught Fundamentals, Med Surg, Nutrition, Pharmacology and Critical Care nursing.  She serves on various state and national nursing committees.

Dr. DeBellis was the recipient of the MSMC SGA Teacher of the Year Award, Daisy Award, and named to the top 20 nurses for Hudson Valley Magazine in 2021. She was also the recipient of the prestigious SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. DeBellis serves as President of the Mu Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, National Honor Society for Nursing. She is currently the Chair of the MSMC School of Nursing. Dr. DeBellis believes it is an honor and a blessing to be teaching at her alma mater.


EdD Nebraska Methodist College
MA Teachers College Columbia University
BSN Mount Saint Mary College


HLT 3040 - Pharmacology
NUR 3022 - Adult Health Nursing II

Specialization/Research Interests

Medical Surgical; Critical Care Nursing
Cardiothoracic Nursing
Nursing Education - Curriculum
Development and Test Construction

Memberships and Professional Organizations

Sigma Theta Tau; Mu Epsilon Chapter-Inaugural Member; Current Chapter President
Teachers College Nursing Alumni Association
Academy of Med-Surg Nurses (AMSN) member
Member - National League for Nurses


SGA Teacher of the Year Award-MSMC
Nursing Excellence Award - Top 20 Nurses in Hudson Valley
Daisy Award - MSMC
SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
Clinical Excellence Award - Mount Saint Mary College
Aquinas Scholar - Mount Saint Mary College


  • DeBellis, L. (2022). Development of critical thinking skills in nursing students.
  • DeBellis, L. and Katz, N. (2013). Program Review and Nursing. ASSESSMENT TALK, 1(1), 6-8.
  • DeBellis, L. (2012, January 9). Practice makes perfect: student participation in mass vaccination drill and flu clinic., pp. 2-3.

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