Deborah Ward, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.
Associate Dean for Academics and Clinical Professor
Deborah Ward is associate dean for academics at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. In that role, she oversees the education and community engagement missions of the School of Nursing and closely coordinates with the school’s leadership to transform health care through nursing education and research. She collaborates with the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group to create curricula, connects with community partners to design community-based programs and leads faculty development.
As the first faculty member recruited to the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis in September 2008, she partners with organizations across the community to broaden the school’s engagement in a variety of settings. A nationally recognized expert in health policy, Ward brings a passion for healthy systems and healthy people. Her teaching interests include discussion-based and active learning, interprofessional education, innovative computer-based exercises in data analysis and interpretation and cultural inclusiveness. She currently mentors postdoctoral fellows studying health politics and system change.
Ward plays a critical role in the development of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing’s Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Degree Programs. She also serves on numerous health system, UC Davis and UC-wide committees, including a leadership role in the health system’s efforts to further promote interprofessional education.
Ward received her doctorate in Health Policy from Boston University in 1988 and a Master of Science in Nursing from Yale University School of Nursing in 1977. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Oberlin College in 1968.
Ward has received numerous awards and honors, including the Rheba de Tornyay Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award and the Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching from the University of Washington School of Nursing, where she was an associate professor. She received the Distinguished Alumna Award from the Yale University School of Nursing and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. In 2010, she received the UC Davis School of Medicine Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Ward has secured grant funding for a variety of research projects and she is widely published, both in the United States and overseas, including Health Affairs and Nursing Outlook. Most recently, she completed a research project, Nurse-Led Intervention to Facilitate Patient Activation for Improved Pain Self-Management, funded by the Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Contact Information: Phone: (916) 734-2215 | E-mail: Deborah.Ward@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu