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Linnea Axman, DNP, DrPH, RN

Associate Dean of Graduate Programs

College of Nursing

About Axman

Dr. Axman is the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in the College of Nursing at University of Phoenix. In that role, she directs the design and delivery of academic programs for the college. She is also the Acting Program Chair for the Master of Science in Nursing with concentrations in Nurse Administration, Informatics and Nurse Education, and Full Time Faculty for the Master of Science in Nursing/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program (MSN/PMHNP). 

Prior to this appointment, she was the Associate Dean of Doctoral and Undergraduate Studies. Before her promotion to Associate Dean, Dr. Axman was the Program Chair for the Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner program (MSN/FNP) for the Online and Southern California campuses. 

Dr. Axman maintains her clinical practice as a FNP and PMHNP at the Whole Person Clinic/Family Health Partnership, Escondido, CA.

Prior to her arrival at the University of Phoenix, Dr. Axman was employed by the Family Health Partnership in Crystal Lake, IL to lead the Clinic Mobile Outreach Team providing primary care to unsheltered people living in McHenry County, Illinois where she was an appointed member to the McHenry County Board of Health. Dr. Axman was an Associate Professor and Lecturer in the School of Nursing at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) where she developed and taught courses in the FNP and Advanced Public Health Registered Nurse programs. 

Dr. Axman retired as a Captain (06) from the United States (US) Navy in 2010 after 25 years of active naval service. While on active duty, Dr. Axman maintained an active clinical practice as a NP while holding a variety of positions to include Special Assistant to the Navy Surgeon General for Women’s Health, Senior Nurse Executive for the Director of Professional Education at Naval Medical Center San Diego, Department Head for Nursing Research and Analysis, Chief Operating Officer, Naval School of Health Sciences, San Diego, CA, and Navy Medicine West Regional Research Integrity Program Manager. 

Dr. Linnea Axman’s teaching philosophy is experiential and pragmatic. She believes that learning is creative, inter-professional, and includes the application of knowledge in real life situations. 

She served as President of the Uniformed Nurse Practitioner's Association, as Military Representative to the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) and to Women in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Dr. Axman was the Department of Defense Core Team Representative on the US Government Team for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief in Sub-Saharan Africa. While on active duty, Dr. Axman deployed to Kuwait and Cuba and served with the International Red Cross in the demilitarized zone between Iraq and Kuwait.

Dr. Axman earned a Doctorate in Public Health from George Washington University in 2003. She received her Master of Science in Nursing as a FNP from the University of Kentucky, a post master’s certificate as PMHNP from the University of Cincinnati, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan, and a Diploma in Nursing from Hurley Medical Center School of Nursing. Dr. Axman is an alum of the Interagency Institute for Federal Health Care Executives and a graduate of the United States Naval War College. She most recently earned the Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Linnea Axman’s teaching philosophy is experiential and pragmatic. She believes that learning is creative, inter-professional, and includes the application of knowledge in real life situations. 

Research interests:

Dr. Axman’s broad clinical practice and research interests include working with historically marginalized persons and populations and more specifically improving access to healthcare and basic services for homeless and medically underserved people, development of culturally appropriate interview tools for use in cross-cultural environments and evaluating the effects of structural barriers on the delivery of care in the US and abroad (e.g., Haiti, Mexico, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe).  

Publications and projects: 

  • Cypher, M., & Axman, L.M. (2022). Determinants of Location of Death: A Secondary Analysis Utilizing Multinomial Logistic Regression. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 0(0), 1-6. doi:10.1177/10499091221077883
  • Saude, J., Baker, M., L. & Axman, L. M. & Swider, S. M. (2020). Applying the chronic care model to improve patient activation at a nurse managed student-run free clinic for medically underserved people. Sage Open Nursing, 6, 1-6. Retrieved from
  • Axman, L., Boren, D., Andera, S., Baker, M. (2019). Advanced nursing education: Family nurse practitioner students improve health outcomes for the medically underserved at nurse-managed student-run free clinics. International Journal of Nursing and Health Care Research, 2(8), 1109-1119.
  • Axman, L. (2015). Final Report. Back to Basics Bundle of Nursing Care. Tri-Service Nursing Research Program. Fort Belvoir, VA: Defense Technical Information Center.
  • Axman, L.M. & Boren, D.M. (2010). The integrity of research. The Journal of Research Administration, XLI (2): 74-80. 
  • Hunter, L., Bormann, J., Belding, W., Sobo, E.J., Axman, L.M., Reseter, B.K. Hanson, M.N. & Miranda, V. (2009). Satisfaction and use of a spiritually based mantram intervention for childbirth-related fears in couples, Applied Nursing Research, 18 September 2009. Available online at
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2006). Nursing recommendations from frontline nurses. Rockville, MD: DHHS (Contributing member Global HIV-AIDS Program). 
  • Axman, L.M. (1999). Sexual behavior and risk reduction counseling: A component of clinical management. Navy Medicine. 6:14. 


  • Axman, L.P. (2009). The Participatory Action Research Empowerment Measure: Development of a New Measure of Empowerment. Germany: Verlag Dr. Muller (VDM) Publishers. 

Publication Work in Progress: 

  • Axman, L. M., Tyson, R.L., & Brilee, M. (In progress). The complex psychiatric patient: Focus on bipolar disorder and COPD 
  • Axman, L., Prior, R., Saude, J, & Baker, M. (In progress). Implementation of a posttraumatic stress disorder clinical practice guideline in a free clinic setting.  


  • Sage Legacy Fund. Family Health Partnership Mobile Outreach. PI: Suzanne Hoban, MPH. Lead Healthcare Provider: Linnea Axman, DrPH, MSN, FNP-BC, FAANP ($300K). 
  • HRSA Grant Award. Advanced Nursing Education Addressing Health Disparities, Access, and care Transitions in Underserved Populations. Project Director: Denise Boren, PhD, RN. Methodologist: Linnea Axman, DrPH, MSN, FNP-BC, FAANP. ($1.1M). Completed. 
  • Tri Service Nursing Research Program (TSNRP)* Grant Award, Back to Basics: Development of an Evidence Based Practice Protocol. Principal Investigator: CAPT Linnea M. Axman, NC, USN. December 2008 to 2012. Completed. ($250K) 
  • American Association of Ambulatory Care Nurses Grant Award, Evaluation of Two Nurse-Run Interventions for Blood Pressure Control: An Evidence-Based Practice Project. Principal Investigators: CAPT Linnea Axman and CAPT Sara Marks, NC, USN. 1 July 07 to present. Ongoing ($2K) 
  • Epsilon Zeta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Grant Award. Continued Development of an Interview Tool to Guide Patient-Practitioner Encounters during Complex Humanitarian Emergencies: Focus on Women’s Health, Principal Investigator CDR Linnea Axman 1 July 2005-30 June 2006. Completed. ($2K) 
  • TSNRP Grant Award. Development of the PAR Empowerment Measure, Principal Investigator CDR Linnea M. Axman, 1 July 2002- 30 June 2003. Completed ($16K) 
  • TSNRP Grant Award. Evaluation of Computerized Medication Management (CIP # N- 00-168). Principal Investigator-Administrative: CAPT Linnea Axman. PI: Dr. Nancy Staggers. Completed 2005. ($199K) 
  • TSNRP Grant Award. Stress Inoculation Therapy Intervention for Deployed Personnel. Principal Investigator CAPT Angelica Almonte. CAPT Linnea Axman Associate Investigator and Mentor. 2010. ($120K) 
  • NIH/NINR Grant Award. Genitourinary Self-Diagnosis for Deployed Military Women. Principle Investigator Nancy Ryan-Wenger. CAPT Linnea Axman Associate Investigator. 2003-2005. Completed. ($432K) 

*TSNRP is the only program funding and supporting rigorous scientific research in the field of military nursing. TSNRP seeks to advance military nursing science and optimize the health of military members and their families. Current levels of funding range from $50K–$500K. 

Teaching experience:

Dr. Axman holds qualifications for content area requirements (CARs) to teach courses in the Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner, Master of Science in Nursing/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs.

 Actively taught courses: 


  • Outstanding Graduate Student Award, University of Kentucky, 1992  
  • Inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) in 2005 
  • Recipient of the George Washington University Recent Alumni Achievement Award, 2007 
  • While on active duty, Dr. Axman received many military awards including the Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award.  


  • Nationally board certified and licensed to practice as a Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner in Michigan, California, Illinois and Arizona
  • Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Whole Person Care Clinic, Escondido, CA  

Professional associations:

  • Member of the American Nurses Association
  • Member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • Member of SIGMA
  • Member of Delta Omega National Public Health Honor Society
  • Member of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty
  • Member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association  

Pro bono:

  • Volunteer healthcare provider for the Whole Person Care Clinic, Escondido, CA 

Contributed to: 

  • Fentanyl overdose. Los Angeles Times. Jan 4, 2022  
  • Allergy Season. Arizona News Radio. March 24, 2022  
  • Heat Exhaustion. PopSugar. July 18, 2022  
  • Heat Exhaustion. Fox Las Vegas. August1, 2022  
  • How alcohol abuse impacts your body/overall health and wellbeing. Fortune. Release date pending.