UA Nursing Professor Donna McArthur Receives Joint Appointment in UA Department of Neurology

Dr. McArthur, whose current research is focused on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), is one of 12 nursing faculty members with a joint appointment in another discipline, strengthening interprofessional research collaborations and UA student education.

Dr. Donna Behler McArthurDonna Behler McArthur, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP, FNAP, clinical professor with the University of Arizona College of Nursing, has received a joint appointment as clinical professor in the Department of Neurology at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.

Dr. McArthur is one of 12 nursing faculty members with appointments in other disciplines, including public health, psychiatry, pediatrics, surgery and family and community medicine. Joint appointments across the health science disciplines strengthen interprofessional research collaborations and education for UA students.

Dr. McArthur has more than 45 years of experience as a nurse, including 35 years as a family nurse practitioner, nurse practitioner (NP) educator and administrator in ambulatory health-care settings in the United States and Saudi Arabia.

Her scholarly activities are focused on NP education and practice with ethnically diverse and vulnerable populations across the life span. Dr. McArthur was one of the first NPs inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Her current research is focused on initiatives involving amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). In 2006, Dr. McArthur was awarded the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Foundation/Endo Pharmaceuticals Grant for her research study, “Pain Perception in Adults with ALS."

Faculty at the University of Arizona College of Nursing envision, engage and innovate in education, research and practice to help people of all ages optimize health in the context of major life transitions, illnesses, injuries, symptoms and disabilities. Established in 1957, the college ranks among the top nursing programs in the United States. For more information about the college, please visit its website,