Brenda S. Lessen Knoll, PhD, RN
Associate Professor of Nursing
Brenda S. Lessen Knoll received her B.S.N. at Illinois Wesleyan in 1989. In 1995 she
earned her M.S. as a maternal-child community nurse specialist at the University of
Illinois at Chicago, where she earned her Ph.D. in neonatal science in 2008.
In addition to Illinois Wesleyan, Dr. Lessen Knoll has taught at the Methodist College
of Nursing in Peoria, Richland Community College in Decatur and Mennonite College
of Nursing in Normal. As a registered professional nurse, she has worked in the neonatal
intensive care unit at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria and in nursing management
and clinical education at Proctor Hospital in Peoria and OB, pediatrics and home health
at BroMenn Regional Medical Center in Bloomington.
Honors & Memberships
Dr. Lessen Knoll is a member of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses, the Association
of Women’s Health Obstetrical and Neontal Nursing, the Illinois Nurses Association
and Sigma Theta Tau International. She has served on the Advancing Public Health Nursing
Education State Advisory Board, on the McLean County Health Department Community Health
Assessment Committee and Head Start Health Advisory Committee, and as a public health
mentor with the American Public Health Association National Mentoring Program.
Dr. Lessen Knoll's Curriculum Vitae