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Aliza Ben- Zacharia, PhD, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, FAAN
Position: Assistant Professor
Campus Affiliation: Hunter College
Phone: 212-481-8890
Room Number: Brookdale Campus, W414
Degrees/Diplomas: PhD, MS, DNP, MS, BSN
Research Interests: Design, implementation and dissemination of evidence-based solutions to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of health care use in neurology, palliative care in neurology, and the impact of environmental factors such as BMI on the progression of multiple sclerosis and on cognitive function and brain volume in patients with MS.


  • Ben-Zacharia, A., Adamson, M., Boyd, A., Hardeman, P., Smrtka, J., Walker, B., & Walker, T. (2018). Impact of shared decision making on disease-modifying drug adherence in multiple sclerosis. International Journal of MS Care, 20(6), 287-297. doi:
  • Ben-Zacharia, A. (2018). The effects of body mass index (BMI) on multiple sclerosis (MS) progression. Annals of Multiple Sclerosis Research, 1(1), 1001.
  • Ben-Zacharia, A., & Lublin, F. (2018). Talking with your patients about initiating and adhering to treatment with disease modifying therapy. The National MS Society publication.
  • Ben-Zacharia, AB. (2015). Screening for depression in adult patients with multiple sclerosis. Journal of Multiple Sclerosis, 2(2). doi:
  • Ben-Zacharia, A., & Squires, A. (2014). Quality of life in aging multiple sclerosis. Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management, 22(10).
  • Perrin Ross, A., Ben-Zacharia, A., Harris, C., & Smrtka, J. (2013). Multiple sclerosis, relapses, and the mechanism of action of adrenocorticotropic hormone. Frontiers in Neurology, doi:10.3389/fneur.2013.00021
  • Brodkey, MB, Ben-Zacharia, AB, & Reardon, JD. (2011). Living well with multiple sclerosis. American Journal of Nursing, 111(7): 40-48; quiz 49-50. Review.
  • Ben-Zacharia, AB. (2011). Therapeutics for multiple sclerosis symptoms. Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine, 78(2): 176-91.
  • Ben-Zacharia, AB, & Lublin, FD. (2001). Palliative care in patients with multiple sclerosis. Neurologic Clinics, 19(4): 801-827.

Book Chapters:

  • Ben-Zacharia, AB, & Mathewson, G. (2017). Symptom management in multiple sclerosis. In A. Miller (Ed.), Handbook of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (pp. 115-134). Springer International Publishing.
  • Ben-Zacharia, AB (2016). Concept analysis: Self-motivation. In J. Fitzpatrick & G. McCarthy (Eds.), Nursing concept analysis: Applications to research and practice (pp. 115-122). Springer Publishing Company.
  • Ben-Zacharia, AB, & Brodkey, MB (2014). Palliative care in multiple sclerosis. In AB Brody (Ed.), Palliative care for uncommon disorders. Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.
  • Ben-Zacharia, AB. (2010). Maximizing the effectiveness of pharmacotherapeutics. In J. Halper & N. Holland (Eds.), Comprehensive nursing care in multiple sclerosis (3rd ed.). Springer Publishing Company.
  • Ben-Zacharia, AB & Del Bene, M. (2008). Inflammatory demyelinating diseases. In E. Barker (Ed.), Neuroscience nursing: A spectrum of care (3rd ed.). Mosby Elsevier.

PhD, Nursing Science, New York University, 2020

MS, Nutrition, Institute of Human Nutrition, Columbia University, 2014

DNP, Nursing Education, Case Western Reserve University, 2010

Advanced Certificate, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Columbia University, 1997

MS, Medical-Surgical Nursing, Hunter College, CUNY, 1992

BSN, Nursing Science, Hebrew University Hadassah Jerusalem, Israel, 1983