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Dr. Christopher McClanahan - Director, Simulation and Interprofessional Education

Dr. Christopher McClanahn
Dr. Christopher McClanahan DNP, RN, CHSE

Dr. McClanahan earned is Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing Executive Leadership degrees from Lubbock Christian University and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas.  His capstone focus was the operational and management practices of health science center based interprofessional clinical simulation centers.  Dr. McClanahan comes to Texas State as an experienced interprofessional clinical simulation coordinator and undergraduate BSN and ADN program faculty instructor.  Chris is a member of the International Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, Society for Simulation in Nursing, Texas Interprofessional Consortium, Texas Nurses Association.  Dr. McClanahan has served on numerous State and National organizational committees and is published regarding simulation.


Phone: 512-716-2950

Office: Nursing 228


Patricia Yarbrough-Buchanan - Simulation Lab Information Specialist and Standardized Patient Coordinator

Patty Buchanan-Yarbrough
Patricia Yarborough-Buchanan MSN, RN

Mrs. Buchanan earned her Registered Nurse Degree from El Centro College in Dallas, Texas and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing Informatics from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas.  Mrs. Buchanan’s capstone focused on Telehealth and Remote Patient Monitoring for at-risk patients with chronic health conditions such as congestive heart failure (CHF), diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD/Asthma).




Phone: 512-716-2951

Office: Nursing 227


Alexandra Nealand - Simulation Laboratories Operations Specialist

Alex Nealand
Alexandra Nealand MHA, EMT-B

Ms. Nealand earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Management with an emphasis in Human Resources, and Master of Healthcare Administration from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.  Ms. Nealand is published on Security Techniques of Electronic Health Records and has been involved in pre-hospital and medical simulation since 2017. Specialties include emergency medicine instruction, inventory and supply chain management, and quality assurance and process improvement.



Phone: 512-716-2954

Office: Nursing 226


Ryan Douglas - Simulation Laboratories Information Specialist

Mr. Ryan Douglas
Ryan Douglas BSIT, CHSOS

Mr. Douglas oversees technical operations in the simulation labs and assists with planning, budgeting, and administrative support. His experience with IT and telecom span nearly three decades and include military service, roles in state government, healthcare, and higher education. Ryan's specialties include manikin programming, scenario design, and audiovisual support. He is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist (CHSOS) and has been involved with medical simulation since 2010. Mr. Douglas has presented at both regional and national simulation conferences and remains active in the simulation community.


Phone: 512-716-2955

Office: Nursing 225