Danielle J. Durant

Danielle J. Durant, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

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  • Ph.D., Public Administration, concentration in Health Management, Politics, and Policy at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy of the State University of New York at Albany (2018)
  • MS, Engineering Management (2012)
    Clarkson University (NY)
  • MBA, Management (2007)
    SUNY–Oswego (NY)
  • BS, Finance and Economics (2006)
    SUNY–Oswego (NY)

About Me

I received a bachelor of science degree in finance, with a minor in economics, and a master of business administration degree in management from the State University of New York at Oswego, in an accelerated 4+1 program. After graduation, I began working for Clarkson University as associate director of graduate business programs, responsible for recruitment and program management of their accelerated on-campus MBA program and online MBA program in supply chain management. I was transitioned into an instructor role and taught Principles of Marketing (1 semester), Personal Selling (1 semester), and Strategic Management (5 semesters). Additionally, while I was working for Clarkson University, I completed a master of science degree in engineering management. 

In 2018, I graduated with a Ph.D. in Public Administration, concentrating in Health Management, Politics, and Policy at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, of the State University of New York at Albany. While attending SUNY Albany, I worked as a teaching assistant for Introduction to Public Policy and as a Graduate Fellow for the New York State Department of Health, working directly under the NYS Medicaid director.

In 2015, I began working for the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) in the Quality, Advocacy, Research and Innovation (QARI) division under the New York State Partnership for Patients contract. This $15 million federally contracted program aimed to reduce hospital acquired conditions and improve quality in 11 initiative ares. I also spent some time in the for-profit side of HANYS working for Practice Advancement Strategies providing program support for primary care reform initiatives. I joined Widener in the fall of 2018 and remained a consulting researcher for the QARI division at HANYS conducting program evaluation and researching best practices for the prevention of hospital acquired conditions.

Research Interests

My research interests include healthcare quality and process improvement, prevention of hospital-acquired conditions, physician burnout, and evaluation of healthcare programs.


  • Durant, D. J. (2020). Can patient-reported room cleanliness measures predict hospital-acquired C. difficile infection? A study of acute care facilities in New York State. American Journal of Infection Control, 48(7), 733-739. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2020.08.024
  • Durant, D. J., Willis, L., Duvall, S. (2020). Adoption of electronic hand hygiene monitoring systems in New York state hospitals and the associated impact on hospital-acquired C. difficile infection rates. American Journal of Infection Control. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2020.04.005
  • Crowne, K. A., Brown, M., Durant, D. J., Baburaj, Y., Hornberger, P., McCloskey, D., Vike, L. (2020). A program for embedding career activities in multiple core business courses. The International Journal of Management Education, 18(3). doi: 10.1016/j.ijme.2020.100421
  • Durant, D. J. (2017). Nurse-driven protocols and the prevention of catheter-associated urinary tract infections: A systematic review. AJIC (American Journal Of Infection Control), (12), 1331. doi:10.1016/j.ajic.2017.07.020
  • Durant, D. J., Lowenfels, A., Ren, J., Brissette, I., & Martin, E. G. (2018). Changes in Sugary Beverage Consumption and Public Perceptions in Upstate New York After Implementation of a Community Awareness Campaign and Healthier Vending Strategies. Journal Of Public Health Management And Practice: JPHMP, doi:10.1097/PHH.0000000000000725

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