Nurse scientist Jeanne Alhusen has been appointed UVA School of Nursing’s new associate dean for research.
Alhusen—who assumed the role on an interim basis in mid-2019—studies ways to improve maternal mental health and, consequently, the psychological and physical wellbeing of infants and young children, especially for families living in poverty. Her scholarly focus includes issues related to reproductive care access and family planning, the experience of women living with disabilities, nurse-led mindfulness interventions during pregnancy, and the impact violence exerts on women and their children. Currently, she is part of funded projects that total more than $8 million.
Since her arrival at UVA in 2015, Alhusen has been repeatedly lauded for her scholarship, mentoring, and teaching. She’s overseen the School of Nursing’s undergraduate summer research internship program since 2017, closely mentored PhD students and chaired multiple dissertation committees, and been a leading voice at the local, regional, and national level through advocacy and in pursuit of her own scholarship. More recently, she led the effort with nursing faculty to strategically reorient categories of scholarship into Areas of Excellence to better align with the School’s recruitment strategies, establish partnerships at UVA and beyond, and influence the national and global discussion of health and healthcare.
Alhusen is an American Academy of Nursing Fellow, a board member of Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses, a board member for the Women’s Initiative, and has been repeatedly lauded for her scholarly endeavors at UVA, by her alma maters, and by the nursing community at large. She also continues her work as a clinician, and remains a board-certified family nurse practitioner who works at UVA’s Elson Student Health Center.
Alhusen—who earned a PhD from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, a MSN from Duke University, and a BSN from Villanova—completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Medicine.