Donna Sabella

Dr. Donna Sabella


Assistant Clinical Professor, Director of Global Studies at CNHP

Division of Graduate Nursing

Bellet Building, Room

Dr. Sabella is a mental health nurse and contributing editor for the Mental Health Matters column in the American Journal of Nursing. A former Program Director and a founding member of Dawn’s Place, a residential recovery program for trafficked and prostituted women in Philadelphia, she is currently founder and Director of Project Phoenix, an outreach program which provides support and facilitates groups for prostituted and trafficked women in Philadelphia. She has presented at numerous conferences on prostitution and trafficking-related issues and is Director of Education for the National Research Consortium on Commercial Sexual Exploitation (NRC-CSE). In addition she is a consultant for the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). She has experience working in crisis intervention, substance abuse, domestic violence, and forensic nursing and has provided direct services to vulnerable populations. She holds a BSN from Thomas Jefferson University, an MSN in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from Widener University and a post master’s certificate in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing. Aside from her nursing background Dr. Sabella holds a BA in Portuguese from Indiana University, an M.Ed from Temple University in English as a second language and a PhD in educational linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. She has lived and studied in Brazil and has taught Latin, English, English as a second language, Spanish, linguistics, world literature and writing, both at the secondary school level as well as at the university level. In addition, for over ten years she was the director of an international exchange program for college students between Ursinus College and Tohoku Gakuin University in Japan. She is looking forward to helping students and professionals in the health sciences experience the benefits of global study.