Director of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program Track

June Treston is the Director of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program Track at the University of Pennsylvania and has over 25 years of teaching experience in both the academic and clinical settings. A seasoned nurse practitioner, she has been providing patient care for over 30 years through the emergency department at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey. She is focused on reducing health disparities for underserved populations and teaching her students to become excellent clinicians as well as future leaders in health care.

Early in her career, Dr. Treston worked closely with domestic violence victims and families. She started a free on-site health clinic at Solace, a battered women’s shelter in southern NJ. She was named the 2007 Volunteer of the Year, awarded through the New Jersey Association on Correction in recognition of the development of a domestic violence health outreach program. For over a decade she served as the chair of the Cooper Against Domestic Violence program, an interdisciplinary group that brought together community agencies with a goal of improving recognition and treatment of victims and families. In addition, she worked on health policy through the New Jersey Advisory Council on Domestic Violence. At Penn Nursing, she has collaborated on research projects focused on preventing dating violence through teen education. Her extensive experience has translated into the classroom through lectures, case studies and clinical teaching; providing the education and motivation needed for new practitioners to enter practice as victim advocates.

 

Dr. Treston is passionate about teaching the next generation of NPs, utilizing innovative models to engage and motivate students. Her approach is focused on student success as she prepares them to be excellent clinicians while laying the foundation for future leadership roles in health policy, education, advocacy, research, and administration. Her commitment to teaching was recognized by the Penn Nursing Graduate Student Organization as she was awarded the 2014 Outstanding Nurse Educator of the Year. She also serves as a preceptor for Penn NP students, dedicating over 1000 hours annually to teaching students at her clinical site. In 2018, she was awarded the Marilyn Stringer Academic Practice Award for her leadership in providing the highest quality of evidence-based practice that is integrated in teaching and scholarship. She has embraced civic engagement as an intellectual experience and incorporated civic outreach into the primary care curriculum. This leadership and service work was recognized in 2021 through the Linda Hatfield Service Award.

She is an advocate for health equity, particularly for those struggling with housing insecurity, addiction, and mental health disorders. She is a noted conference speaker on the topic of addiction and the role nurse practitioners play in harm reduction and treatment. She has also been a key change agent in the successful integration of addiction medicine education into the primary care curriculum. Her doctoral research explored the connection between housing and health, focusing on federal housing policy and the viability of changing legislation to use Medicaid as a platform to fund affordable housing for homeless beneficiaries.

“It is an immense honor to teach the next generation of nurse practitioners.  I am always amazed by my students; they come to Penn Nursing with such diverse experience and their passion and dedication to excellence is unmatched. It brings me great happiness to help them grow and learn, then watch as they graduate and go on to become leaders in health care.”

Education

  • BSN, Rutgers University, 1989
  • MSN, University of Pennsylvania, 1992
  • DNP, University of Pennsylvania, 2021