Sandra Gall-Ojurongbe, MSN, BSN, RN, is a Psychiatric Mental Health nurse and Assistant Professor at Palm Beach Atlantic University, in West Palm Beach, FL. She was educated initially at the associate degree level and worked for years as a Med-Surg nurse. More recently, she has been working with psychiatric and chemically dependent clients and served as the Director of an Acute Psychiatric Unit at a facility in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Currently she is a full-time PhD student in nursing at Florida Atlantic University, in Boca Raton, FL.
Her research focuses on mental health disparities in the Afro-Caribbean community. Of particular interest to Ms. Gall-Ojurongbe is the prevalence of psychotic disorders, particularly schizophrenia, in the Afro-Caribbean population as a possible stress-related response to immigration in at risk individuals. Ultimately, her career goal is to reduce the impact of mental illness and improve the overall well- being of American communities through research and education.
Ms. Gall-Ojurongbe is a member of the American Nurses Association, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses, where she is an active member of the diversity committee.