Yanika Kowitlawakul, PhD, RN

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Associate Professor, Nursing

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Phone: 703-993-9167

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Dr. Yanika Kowitlawakul is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and has been involved in teaching in undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Kowitlawakul’s research interests are educational technology and patient safety. Kowitlawakul has been involved in several innovative education projects, such as the development and effectiveness of the Artificial Intelligence-Teaching Assistance System (AI-TAS) in enhancing student engagement, intrinsic motivation, and knowledge application. This project was funded by the Ministry of Education in Singapore. Kowitlawakul worked as a critical care nurse for 17 years (five years in Thailand and 12 years in the USA). For teaching, Kowitlawakul worked at George Washington University for three years and the National University of Singapore for 11 years before coming to Mason.


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* = Student Supervisor

Kowitlawakul, Y. Tan, J.J.M., Suebnukarn, S., Nguyen, H.D., Poo, D.C.C., Chai, J., Wang, W., & Devi, K. (2022).  Utilizing educational technology in enhancing undergraduate nursing students‘ engagement and motivation: A scoping review. Journal of Professional Nursing, 42, 262-275.  Doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.profnurs.2022.07.015

Sia, CH., Ng, S., Hoon, D., Soong, J., Ignacio, J., & Kowitlawakul, Y. (2021). The effectiveness of collaborative teaching in an introductory online radiology session for master of nursing students.  Nurse Education Today, 105. Doi https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2021.105033 (Corresponding author)

*Seah, B., Espnes, G.A., Ang, E.N.K., Lim, J.Y., Kowitlawakul, K., & Wang, W. (2021). Achieving healthy ageing through the perspective of sense of coherence among senior-only households: A qualitative study. Aging & Mental Health, 25 (5), 936-945. doi https://doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2020.1725805

*Wong, S.H.V., & Kowitlawakul, Y. (2020). Exploring perception and barriers in developing critical thinking and clinical reasoning of nursing students: A qualitative study.  Nurse Education Today, 95, doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2020.104600 (Corresponding author)

*See, M. T. A., Chee, S., Rajaram, R., Kowitlawakul, Y.,& Liaw, S. Y.(2020). Missed nursing care in patient education: A qualitative study of different levels of nurses' perspectives. Journal of Nursing Management, 28(8), 1960-1967. doi:10.1111/jonm.12983

*Seah, B., Espnes, G.A., Ang, E.N.K., Lim, J.Y., Kowitlawakul, K., & Wang, W. (2020). Supporting the mobilization of health assets among older community dwellers residing in senior-only households in Singapore: A qualitative study. BMC Geeratrics, 20(1), 411-426. doi: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-020-01810-6

Lieow,J. L. M., Chen, F. S. M., Song, G., Tang, P. S., Kowitlawakul, Y.,& Mukhopadhyay, A. (2019). Effectiveness of an advanced practice nurse-led delirium education and training programme. International Nursing Review, 66(4), 506-513. (Corresponding author)

*Kho, S. E. S., Lim, S. G., Hoi, W. H., Ng, P.L., Tan, L., & Kowitlawakul, Y.(2019). The Development of a Diabetes Application for Patients With Poorly Controlled Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. CIN-Computer Informatics Nursing, 37(2), 99-106.

*Fong, R.Y., Sim, W.S., Jamil, AKM., Tam, W.W.S., & Kowitlawakul, Y. (2018). Comparison of the emergency severity index versus the patient acuity category scale in an emergency setting.  International Emergency Nursing, 41, 13-18. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ienj.2018.05.001

*Seah, B., Kowitlawakul, Y., Jiang, Y., Ang, E., Chokkanathan, S., & Wang, W. (2019). A review on healthy of independent community-dwelling older adults, Geriatric Nursing, 40(1), 37-50.

Mukhopadhyay, A., Kowitlawakul, Y., Henry, J., Ong, V, Leong, C.S.F., & Choo, T.B. (2018). Higher BMI is associated with reduced mortality but longer hospital stays following ICU discharge in critically ill Asian patients. Clinical Nutrition ESPEN, 28,165-170. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clnesp.2018.08.009

*Tam, W.Y., Ng, D.L.L, & Kowitlawakul, Y. (2018). The impact of nurses’ uniforms on nurse-patient interactions: Patients’ perspectives. Journal of Nursing Administration, 48(10), 526-532. doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000661

Kowitlawkul, Y., Yap, S.F., Makabe, S., Chan, S.W.C, Takagai, J., Tam, W.W.S., & Nurumal, M.S. (2018). Investigating nurses’ quality of life and work-life balance statuses in Singapore, International of Nursing Review,66(1), 61-69doi: 10.1111/inr.12457

Makabe, S., Kowitlawakul, Y., Nurumal, M.S., Takagai, J., Wichaikhum, O.....Asanuma, Y. (2018). Investigation of the key determinants of Asian nurses‘ quality of life. Industrial Health, 56, 212-219.

*See, M.T.A., Kowitlawakul, Y., Tan, A.J.Q., & Liaw, S.Y. (2018). Expectations and experiences of patients with osteoarthritis undergoing total joint arthroplasty: An integrative review. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 24(2), e12621. doi: 10.1111/ijn.12621.

Shorey, S., Kowitlawakul, Y., Devi, K.M., Chen, H-C., Soon, S.K.A., & Ang, E. (2018). Blended learning pedagogy designed for communication module among undergraduate nursing students: A quasi-experimental study. Nurse Education Today, 61, 120-126.

Kowitlawakul, Y., Chan, M.F., Tan, S.S.W., Soong, A.S.K., & Chan, S.W.C. (2017). Development of an e-learning research module using multi-media instruction approach. CIN: Computer Informatics Nursing, 35(3), 158-168.

Kowitlawakul, Y. Lam, M-P.J., Sum, C.L., Lim, C.M., & Sanif, Z.  (2016).  Promoting Interprofessional Collaboration in a Critical Care Unit in Singapore: Nursing Perspectives. Connect: The World of Critical Care Nursing, 10 (1). http://en.connectpublishing.org/issues.php.

Kowitlawakul, Y., A.,  Leong, B., Lua.A, Aroos, R., Wong, J.J., Koh,N.,  Goh, N., Kay, CS.,  Phua, J., & Mukhopadhyay, A.  (2015). Observation of handover process in an intensive care unit (ICU): barriers and quality improvement strategy.  The International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 27(2), 99-104.

Kowitlawakul, Y., Chow, Y.L., Zakir, H.A.S., & Ignacio, J.   (2015). Exploring the use of standardized patients for simulation-based learning in preparing advanced practice nurses.  Nurse Education Today, 35(7), 894-899.

Kowitlawakul, Y., Chan, S., Ling, W., & Wang, W. (2014). Exploring faculty perceptions toward electronic health records for nursing education.  International Nursing Review, 61(4), 499-506.

Kowitlawakul, Y., Ignacio, J., Lahiri, M., Khoo, S.M., Zhou, W., &  Soon, S. (2014). Exploring new healthcare professionals’ roles through interprofessional education.  Journal of Interprofessional Care, 28(3), 267-269. 

Kowitlawakul, Y. (2013). From novice to expert: Sharing professional development experience in different practice setting. Singapore Nursing Journal, 40(3), 43-46.

Kowitlawakul, Y., Wang, L., & Chan, S. (2013). Development of electronic health records for nursing education.  Nurse Education Today, 33(12), 1529-1535.

Kowitlawakul, Y., Brenkus, R., & Dugan, N. (2012).  Predictors for success for first semester, second- degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing students.  International Journal of Nursing Practice, 19(Suppl.1), 38-43.

Kowitlawakul, Y. (2012). Discovery of changes in older adults.  Singapore Nursing Journal, 39(2), 10-14.

Kowitlawakul, Y. (2011).  Technology Acceptance Model: Predicting nurses’ intention to use telemedicine technology (eICU®). Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 29(7), 411-418.

Kowitlawakul, Y., Baghi, T., & Kopak, C. (2011). Psychometric evaluation of the Nurses’ Attitudes Toward eICU® Scale (NATES).  Journal of Nursing Measurement, 19(1), 17-27.

Book Chapter 

Carty, R. & Kowitlawakul, Y. (2009). Student mentoring at the international doctoral level.  In N. R. Gantz, (ed.), 101 Global Leadership Lessons for Nurses: Shared Legacies from Leaders and their Mentors (pp. 489-493). Indianapolis, IN: Sigma Theta Tau International.


Enhance learning in nursing skills laboratory with electronic health records (EHRs)," National University of Singapore, Award number R – 545-000-033-133, October 2011-October 2013, $135,210.

“Enhance Collaboration with Interprofessional Education through Simulation (ECIES),” NUHS Innovation and Creativity in Education (NICE) Fund, Inaugural NICE-2012, August 2012-August 2014 $5,408

“Enhancing research skills in graduate nursing students: Effectiveness of an e-learning module,” NUS Learning Innovation Fund-Technology (LIFT) Fund, Award number C-545-000-061-511, June 2013-November 2015, $6,760

“Impacts of the re-designed Advanced Health Assessment module on the students’ learning outcomes in the Master of Nursing (MN) program,” NUS Learning Innovation Fund-Technology (LIFT) Fund, Award number C-545-000-072-511, Jan 2017-Dec 2018, $6,384

Development and effectiveness of Artificial Intelligence -Teaching Assistance System (AI-TAS) in enhancing nursing students’ engagement, intrinsic motivation, and knowledge applications, MOE Tertiary Education Research Fund, Singapore, Award number MOE2020-TRF-043, June 2021-May 2023, $160,984


  • Thesis Award, George Mason University, Virginia, USA. Received on May 17th, 2008
  • Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, National University of Singapore, Singapore, AY2018/2019.  Received on July 3rd, 2019
  • Faculty Teaching Excellence Award AY2021/2022, National University of Singapore, Singapore. Received on December 1st, 2022
  • Annual Teaching Excellence Award AY2021/2022 (University level), National University of Singapore. Received on October 5th, 2022


  • PhD, Nursing, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, 2008
  • MSN, Nursing Administration, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, 2000
  • BSN, Nursing, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand