Director of the Center for Public Health Preparedness

Joy Spellman

Director of the Center for Public Health Preparedness

Burlington County College
601 Pemberton Browns Mills Road
Pemberton, NJ 08068

(609)894-9311 extension 2085

Please contact Joy Spellman if you have questions or would like to know more information about Burlington County College's Center for Public Health Preparedness.



Joy Spellman was appointed Director of the Center for Public Health Preparedness (CPHP) in May 2005 after an extensive search. The CPHP program, funded by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), charged Burlington County College (BCC) to establish a center that would train first responders through the use of simulation technology. In supporting the college in this effort, BCC became the first community college to hold the distinction of having a CPHP.

Mrs. Spellman received a BS degree in nursing from Seton Hall University and a MS in public health nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. Mrs. Spellman has spent her career in the public health field. She became a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society in 1993. During the aftermath of September 11, she developed an educational program for local and state law enforcement for the safe handling of anthrax bacillus. As a result, she received a citation from the U.S Attorney General's office for 'dedication to duty in establishing emergency preparedness procedures'.

Since joining the BCC community, Mrs. Spellman has established the CPHP at BCC as a nationally recognized emergency preparedness program. As a result of instituting mobile training, 22,000 New Jerseyans from every county in the state have received training through the center. This innovation in emergency preparedness resulted in Mrs. Spellman becoming the Governor's Nursing Merit Award recipient, the state's highest honor within the profession.

Mrs. Spellman teaches BCC's 'Public Health Issues in Disaster Management' and is a sought after guest lecturer at several institutions on disaster nursing and disaster response. She is currently working on integrating human patient simulation labs with science, math and technology students here at BCC.

From a scholarly perspective, Joy Spellman has published the following while at BCC:

  • "Community Preparedness: Disaster and Terrorism (2011) Community and Public Health Nursing: An Evidence Based Approach; Chapter 19, pp.379-406. (Ed. Harkness and De Marco).

  • "Public Health Nurses and Disaster Planning: A Recipe for Success (2010)
    American Nurse Today, Online Library, November-September 2011.

  • "An Inter-disciplinary Simulation Training and Education program for
    An All-Hazards Response "(2008-2009) High Fidelity Simulation in
    Nursing Education, pp.149-165. (Ed. Lashley and Nehring).

  • "Ready or Not: Preparedness Training Through the Use of Simulation";
    Community College Journal of Research Practice, Volume 32, Number 11, November
    November 2008, pp. 920-921 (2).

  • "The Role and Preparation of the Public Health Nurse in a Disaster Response; Second Edition (2007) Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness for Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Terrorism and Other Hazards, Chapter 31, pp.586-599. (ed. Veenema).

  • "Case Study: Simulation as an Effective Training Tool for Pre-Hospital Personnel, IBID

  • "Community Colleges: A Resource to Local Public Health Preparedness (2006), American Public Health Association/CDC Report 

  • "Emergency Preparedness: Planning for Disaster response: An Overview and Summary, Online Journal of Nursing, October-December 2006