Decker nursing faculty

Pamela Stewart Fahs is associate dean for academics, director of PhD programs, a professor of nursing, and the Dr. G. Clifford and Florence B. Decker Chair in Rural Nursing at Binghamton University's Decker School of Nursing.

Her area of research focuses on cardiovascular disease in rural populations. She has built a research trajectory over the years combining her expertise in cardiovascular disease, passion for rural health care and community-based participatory research. She has been published in some of the top journals in her discipline such as Nursing Research, Annual Review of Research and Journal of Nursing Scholarship. She has also had work published in interdisciplinary journals such as Journal of Adolescent Health and the Journal of Rural Health.

Fahs has successfully sought funding from a variety of sources ranging from local and regional nonprofit organizations to national professional organizations and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She has served as an advisor for the University of Nebraska Medical Center on its NIH P20 grant entitled Interdisciplinary Healthy Heart Center: Linking Rural Populations by Technology and the University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing as a rural content reviewer on their HRSA grant, Advancing Nursing Education: Interprofessional Collaboration Addressing Multiple Chronic Conditions in Rural Communities.

She has taught in the undergraduate and graduate programs at the Decker School, most recently in the graduate program in the areas of research, theory and rural health. Over the years Fahs has worked with several graduate students, guiding their research endeavors including dissertation research for students in the PhD in rural nursing program and capstone projects for DNP students. 

Fahs spearheaded the organization of international rural health and nursing research conferences, one in 2002 and one in 2011. She is a member of several professional associations including the American Nurse Association (ANA/NY) and the Professional Nurses Association of South Central New York (PNASCNY); Zeta Iota chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, International; Eastern Nurses Research Society; National Rural Health Association; and Rural Nurse Organization. She has held officer positions in many of these organizations.

In addition, Fahs is the editor-in-chief for the Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, the journal of the Rural Nurse Organization, which is supported by the Decker School of Nursing.


  • BSN, University of Kentucky, 1983
  • MS with family nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist certifications, Binghamton University, Decker School of Nursing, 1985
  • PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1991

Research interests

  • Rural health
  • Cardiovascular disease