New Dean Named at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
PITTSBURGH, August 15, 2001 — Jackie Dunbar-Jacob, Ph.D., R.N., has been appointed dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. Dr. Dunbar-Jacob, an internationally renowned researcher and teacher, will succeed Dean Ellen Rudy Ph.D., R.N., and Interim Dean Lynda Davidson, Ph.D., R.N.
“Dr. Dunbar-Jacob’s accomplishments as an educator, researcher and leader along with her record of service to the nursing community and beyond have been recognized nationally and internationally; these experiences will enable her to lead the School of Nursing into a breadth of new opportunities,” said Arthur S. Levine, M.D., senior vice chancellor for the Health Sciences and dean, School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.
A member of the University of Pittsburgh faculty for 17 years, Dr. Dunbar-Jacob has made seminal contributions to the school and the nursing community at large. One of her most notable accomplishments at Pitt was through her nine-year tenure as the founding director of the Center for Nursing Research, a resource that has helped the School of Nursing gain the reputation of being a major research center on the national, state and local levels. Since the establishment of the center, the school has risen to the rank of fifth in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding among nursing schools and been designated a Research Intensive Environment by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR).
Dr. Dunbar-Jacob’s individual research accomplishments have earned her numerous prestigious national and international appointments. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the American Psychological Association and the Society of Behavioral Medicine, as well as a board member of the Society for Clinical Trials. Most recently, she was given the distinguished honor of being appointed to the National Advisory Council of the NINR, NIH.
Dr. Dunbar-Jacob’s personal research interests focus on patient adherence to treatment. She has been an active investigator for 24 years, 21 with NIH funding, and has served as a co-investigator on studies related to AIDS, rheumatology, cardiovascular risk factors, cancer screening and transplantation. She is a research consultant to a number of multi-center clinical trials, including the Women’s Health Initiative and the Diabetes Control and Complications Trail.
In addition to her expansive research interests and professional appointments, Dr. Dunbar-Jacob has devoted her career to teaching nursing students from the undergraduate through the doctorate level, as well as medical students, residents, public health students and psychology students.
In 1984, Dr. Dunbar-Jacob came to Pitt from the Stanford University School of Medicine to serve as assistant professor of psychiatry, epidemiology and psychiatric-mental health nursing and director of nursing at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. Prior to her appointment as dean, she served as professor of nursing in the School of Nursing, with joint appointments in the department of epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health and the department of occupational therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences . She also chaired the department of health and community systems in the School of Nursing.
Dr. Dunbar-Jacob graduated magna cum laude from Florida State University with a degree in nursing and received her master’s degree in psychiatric nursing, with a post-master’s certificate in child psychiatric nursing and family therapy from the University of California, San Francisco. She completed her Ph.D. in counseling psychology at Stanford University, where she later served as an assistant professor of psychiatry.
“The School of Nursing is poised to advance to a new level of excellence, thanks to the distinguished leadership of Dean Ellen Rudy. Dr. Dunbar-Jacob is the right leader to start this next chapter in the life of the school,” said Dr. Levine.
Dr. Dunbar-Jacob will serve as the school’s fifth dean, beginning fall 2001.