Professional Bio


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

Certifications & Expertise


  • Obstetric and Maternal/Child Nursing
  • 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
  • Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum
  • National Catholic Bioethics Center 

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

Recent Presentations

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

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

Abbott, J. & Roybal, D. (2011).  What’s new in the literature:  Case reviews and discussion. Colorado Health Care Ethics Forum, Denver, Colorado.