Devon Berry

Andrea SMith

Devon Berry, PhD

Director, Associate Professor

School of Nursing 936-202-5132 | TWC 400B

Curriculum Vitae


Devon Berry is an academic nursing leader and a Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholar. He has held leadership and faculty positions at multiple universities throughout the U.S. including Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Portland, OR; Wright State University, Dayton, OH; University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH; and Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH. He currently serves as the Director for the School of Nursing at Sam Houston State University at The Woodlands campus outside of Houston, TX.

Dr. Berry’s practice background is in mental health and his past research examines how religiosity and spirituality protects young adults from emotional extremes and risky behaviors. Over the past 10 years, he has focused on organizational leadership, organizational change, and process and performance improvement in nursing educational organizations. He is eager to see nursing education reach its full potential through strategic and operational excellence, strong partnerships with stakeholders in the workforce, and the formation of healthcare professionals who relentlessly pursue the highest good of patients and their communities. An additional area of interest for Dr. Berry is the continued reform of higher education to improve its quality, access, and impact on social mobility.

He and his wife and two sons enjoy spending their free time playing anything that includes a ball, hiking and camping, reading, and serving with their faith community.


  • PhD, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

  • MBA, Western Governors University, Salt Lake City, UT

  • MSN, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Areas of Expertise

  • Organizational leadership

  • Organizational change

  • Religiosity, Spirituality, and Health Research

Selected Publications

  • Swerdlow, B., Osborne-Smith, L., & Berry, D. M. (2020). Anesthesiologists Have an Important Role in Preclinical Nurse Anesthesia Education. Advances in Medical Education and Practice 11, 997-1003.
  • †York, K. J., Kabole, I., Mrisho, M., Berry, D. M., & Schmidt, E. (2015). Factors affecting community participation in the CDTI program in Morogoro, Tanzania. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 47 (1), 96-104. DOI: 10.1111/jnu.12121.
  • Stephenson, P. S., & Berry, D. M. (2015). Describing Spirituality at the End of Life. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 37, 1229-1247. DOI: 10.1177/0193945914535509
  • Shockey-Stephenson, P. & Berry, D.M. (2014). Spirituality and uncertainty at the end of life. Oncology Nursing Forum, 41 (1), 33-39. DOI: 10.1188/14.ONF.33-39
  • †Berry, D.M. & Bass, C.P. (2012). Risk, religiosity, and emerging adulthood: Description of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim college students at entering the freshman year. Journal of Mental Health, Religion, and Culture. DOI:10.1080/13674676.2012.715145