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Notable Faculty

Nearly every member of Capella’s Health Sciences faculty has a doctoral degree.  Many members have served as leaders of regional, national and international organizations including major hospitals, health care and legal nurse consulting, care providers, pharmaceutical companies, public health care organizations, and Veterans Administration.

F. Patrick Robinson, PhD, RN, FAAN


Dr. Patrick Robinson is currently dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Capella University. He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Indiana University, and he holds a PhD in nursing science from Loyola University Chicago. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in biobehavioral nursing research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to his fellowship, Dr. Robinson served as senior vice president of academics for Orbis Education, dean of curriculum and instruction at Chamberlain College of Nursing, executive assistant dean of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing, and chair of the Department of Health Management and Risk Reduction at the Niehoff School of Nursing at Loyola University Chicago. 

Prior to his academic career, Dr. Robinson held positions as an HIV/AIDS case manager, HIV/AIDS clinical nurse specialist, director of an HIV/AIDS specialty clinic, and dedicated HIV/AIDS inpatient unit. He has a distinguished record of service to the HIV/AIDS care community, having served as president of the National Association of Nurses in AIDS Care and as an officer of the HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board. He maintains certification as an AIDS nurse (ACRN) from the HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board and is a certified nurse educator (CNE) through the National League for Nursing. 

In 2006, Dr. Robinson was named distinguished alumnus of Indiana University School of Nursing and was awarded the Frank Lamendola Memorial Award for exemplary leadership in HIV/AIDS care. Also in 2006, the American Association of Colleges of Nurses named him an academic nursing leadership fellow. He was honored in 2008 by the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the University of Illinois Council on Excellence in Teaching and Learning for distinguished achievement in teaching. Two years later, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care for sustained contributions to the field of HIV nursing. DeVry, Inc., named Dr. Robinson the inaugural recipient of the Doing Well By Doing Good Award in 2011 in recognition for his contributions to community service. In 2014, during the Indiana University School of Nursing’s centennial anniversary, Dr. Robinson was honored as one of the institution’s top 100 Alumni Legacy Leaders. Previously, he served as executive vice chair of the board of directors of Howard Brown Health Center, one of the nation’s premier LGBT health centers. Dr. Robinson is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN).

Christy Davidson DNP, RNC–OB


Christy Davidson has been a nursing professional for nearly 20 years beginning as a staff nurse in Labor and Delivery, then growing in leadership as a Women’s Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, nurse manager of a Pediatric/Medical Surgical Unit, and as nursing faculty. Christy received her BSN and MSN from the University of Mobile, in Mobile, Alabama. She received her DNP from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. After several years as a core nursing faculty member, Christy is currently the Associate Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences and Director of Nursing at Capella. Christy holds several scholarly presentations to her credit, is a member of STTI (Sigma Theta Tau International), was a 2012 DAISY Faculty Award winner, and currently serves as a CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) site evaluator.

Ben Spedding, DHA


Ben Spedding, DHA has served in various faculty roles since 2004 and has over 20 years of experience working in the non-profit health care and social services arenas. His professional expertise includes responding to the health care industry’s demand for determining new methods of organizing, delivering and purchasing services. Ben states, “I enjoy teaching knowing that it assists in the development of the next generation of leaders and helps to prepare students for their roles in society as lifelong learners.” Ben grew up on the East coast but currently lives in Indianapolis, IN with his wife and family (son, Taylor and daughter, Cailyn). He enjoys cooking, music, sports, and visits to the beach.