Professional Bio


  • M.S., Nursing-Leadership in Health Care Systems, Regis University, 2007
  • B.S., Nursing, University of Phoenix, 2001

Since the very beginning of my nursing career, I have been intrigued by what it means to care for others, not only in the nursing profession, but also as one individual to another in daily living. Through the Jesuit educational mission to glorify God through the facilitation of deep critical reflection and thoughtful action, I have cultivated a teaching style that is a blend of transformational and servant leadership theories with a constructivist pedagogy. The practical application of the resulting philosophy includes infusing the classroom with thoughtful engagement, directed dialogue, and a good dose of humor. Through the diligent exploration of personal and social values, students gain an understanding of the significance of the greater purpose to which they have been called as health care professionals. It is through this understanding that they are better equipped to make a difference. I take the responsibility of building their growth in this area very seriously; I expect excellence from my students, yet I am deliberate in providing the tools and support they need to be successful.

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Certifications & Expertise


  • Obstetric and Maternal/Child Nursing
  • Adult traumatic injury rehabilitation
  • Organizational and Clinical Ethics
  • Ethics in Health Care Leadership

Professional Memberships

  • American Nurses Association (ANA), Code of Ethics for Nurses Revisions Panel
  • American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
  • Center for Ethics and Leadership in the Health
  • National Catholic Bioethics Center 
  • Colorado Health Care Ethics Forum (CHEF), Board Nominating Committee, Chair

Research & Scholarship

Research Interests

Models of ethical behavior in nursing practice and related influences on moral distress among nurses and others
Intersection of organizational and clinical ethics in the hospital setting
Interprofessional education
Catholic moral tradition and health care delivery
Catholic social justice
Models for ethical leadership

Recent Presentations

Suit, L., Winkler, P., Campbell, L., Pennington, K., Szutenbach, M. P., Roybal, D., Haight, R., & McCollum, M. (April 2015) A correlation study of communication skill level and electronic social network usage among health care students.  [Poster Presentation, L. Suit]  48th Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference, Western Institute of Nursing, Albuquerque, NM. 

Roybal, D.L. (2014) Moral theory:  Thirteen ways of looking at a blackbird.  Ethics Committee Update.  Sisters of Charity Leavenworth Health Systems, St. Joseph’s Hospital. 

Abbott, J. & Roybal, D. L.  (2013).  What we say, what they hear.  Bedside, Boardroom, and Boulevard:  Ethics at the Intersections.  Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum, Workshop Presentation, Denver, Colorado USA.

Abbot, J. & Roybal, D. L. (2011) Exploring new ways of thinking about decision-making:  What’s new in the literature?  Head, Heart, and Gut: Ethical Decision-Making in Healthcare.  Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum, Workshop Presentation, Denver, Colorado USA.

Roybal, D. L. (2011).  Bioethics series:  The basics part 1 – In principle…  Head, Heart, and Gut: Ethical Decision-Making in Healthcare.  Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum, Workshop Presentation, Denver, Colorado USA.


Community Involvment & Service

Service to Profession

  • Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives (FACMPE)
  • American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) Chair – Colorado Chapter
  • ACMPE Professional Papers Peer Reviewer
  • American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Journal of Healthcare Management Academic Peer Reviewer

Service to University

  • Regis Neighborhood Health - Founding member