Professional Bio


  • M.S., Nursing-Leadership in Health Care Systems, Regis University, 2007
  • B.S., Nursing, University of Phoenix, 2001
Professional Memberships
  • American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
  • Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum
  • Association for Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing

Clinical Expertise & Certifications

  • Obstetric and Maternal/Child Nursing

Research & Scholarship

Research Interests

  • Models of ethical behavior in nursing practice and the related influences on moral distress among nurses and others
  • Intersection of organizational and clinical ethics in the hospital setting

Recent Presentations

Abbot, J. & Roybal, D. (2013). What do we say? What do they hear? A review of the recent literature and research. Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum 2013 Conference, Denver, Colorado.

Roybal, D. (2011) Bioethics Series: The Basics - Part 1: Ethics in Principle. Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum, Denver, Colorado.

Roybal, D. (2011) What's New in the Literature: Case Reviews and Discussion, Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum, Denver, Colorado.

Roybal, D. and Abbott, J. (2009) Building Your Ethics Toolkit, Physician CME, Exempla Lutheran Medical Center, Denver, Colorado.