Diane K. Pastor: PhD, MBA, NP-C, FNAP, Professor

Diane PastorDr. Diane Pastor began her career with UNCW in 2013. Prior to this, she taught at Stony Brook University, Molloy College, Columbia University, and St. Joseph’s College. Her research interests include the needs of family caregivers caring in the community for frail elders, dementia/chronic illness, and palliative/end of life care. Molloy College Faculty Scholarship Committee, Sigma Theta Tau, Columbia University School of Nursing Alumni Association and the John A Hartford Interdisciplinary Summer Scholars Program have funded Pastor’s research.

In clinical practice, Pastor is experienced as a community health nurse, discharge planning, geriatric care manager and an adult health nurse practitioner in primary care. In addition to teaching, she is a volunteer adult nurse practitioner at Cape Fear Free Clinic. 


  • Advanced Certificate Adult Health NP, Molloy College 
  • PhD, Nursing, Columbia University
  • MBA, Finance, Boston College
  • BSN, Nursing, University of Maryland


  • Needs of Family Caregivers Caring in the Community
  • Palliative and End of Life Care
  • Educational Strategies for Nurse Practitioner Students

Community Engagements

  • Editorial Board Member, Home Healthcare Now Journal
  • Committee Member, National Academies of Practice Public Policy committee
  • Graduate Council Chair, UNCW SON

View Diane Pastor's Curriculum Vitae