Tamala David, Ph.D, MPA, MS, FNP

Associate Professor
(585) 395-5315
Office: Lathrop Hall


Dr. David is a native resident of Rochester, New York; an area with a large Deaf population. She grew up in a household with a Deaf grandmother (a sign language user) and is passionate about issues related to the health and well-being of deaf and hard of hearing older adults.

She received her bachelor’s degree in Nursing and master’s degree in Public Administration (with an emphasis in Healthcare and a certificate in non-profit management) from the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Brockport. She received her master’s degree in Nursing, with specialty as a Family Nurse Practitioner, and PhD in Health Practice Research from the University of Rochester.

She joined the Brockport nursing faculty in August of 2008. She also holds a faculty appointment at the University of Rochester. She has more than a decade of experience providing education related to community health nursing and Deaf Health to nurses and physicians at all levels (from students to seasoned clinicians/faculty) locally, nationally, and internationally. At SUNY Brockport, she teaches courses related to Community Health Nursing and, in 2011, developed the department’s first study abroad course; Community Health Nursing Clinical in Costa Rica. She expanded her work with the department’s study abroad initiatives by developing the department’s first exchange program for nursing students and faculty from the University of Costa Rica. She currently leads the Department of Nursing’s International Education committee.

She has been a member of the Rochester Prevention Research Center: National Center for Deaf Health Research (NCDHR) at the University of Rochester since 2004 and has been a member of other research/health project teams at the University of Rochester since 2015. Her projects have addressed population health issues at local, national, and international levels. She has presented at several local, national, and international professional meetings or conferences and has a growing body of published articles.

As a clinician, she has more than 20 years of clinical experience in the field of family and community health nursing. Her clinical knowledge and experiences include, sleep medicine, cardiovascular and respiratory care, health promotion and disease prevention, long-term care for children and adults, and more. She owns a professional nursing corporation and is in private practice as a community health consultant and practitioner on a part-time basis. She has worked with many businesses, not-for-profit organizations, nursing and public health degree programs, and families in the New York State area.

Dr. David is an ordained chaplain and enjoys being involved in various types of community outreach activities. She is married with a growing family that includes three adult daughters, several nieces and nephews, grandchildren, and in-laws. She enjoys, most of all, spending time with her family and their beloved family pets; a Yorkshire Terrier named Azucar and a Pit Bull named Chief.