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All five School of Nursing graduate programs are led by the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group, an interprofessional team of more than 60 faculty members from disciplines including nursing, medicine, health informatics, nutrition, biostatistics, pharmacy, sociology and public health. Click here to learn more about graduate groups.

Graduate group chair

Deborah Ward, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Graduate group members

Kupiri Ackerman-Barger, Ph.D., R.N., Assistant Adjunct Professor and Assistant Director for the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Susan L. Adams, Ph.D., R.N., N.P., C.N.S., Assistant Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Nick Anderson, M.S., Ph.D., Robert D. Cardiff Professor of Informatics, UC Davis; Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, School of Medicine; Director of Informatics, Clinical Translational Science Center, UC Davis

Ester Carolina Apesoa-Varano, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Debra Bakerjian, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., F.A.A.N., F.A.A.N.P., Associate Adjunct Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Janice F. Bell, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.N., Associate Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Lars Berglund, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science center, Senior Associate Dean of Research and Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine, School of Medicine

Jeri Bigbee, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., Adjunct Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Shelley Blozis, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Richard Bold, M.D., Professor and Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology, School of Medicine and UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

Lavjay Butani, M.D., Chief, Pediatric Nephrology and Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Pediatric Nephrology, School of Medicine

Sheryl L. Catz, Ph.D.,  Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Timothy W. Cutler, Pharm. D., Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy, UC San Francisco; Director, Sacramento Experimental Pharmacy Program, UC Davis

Madan Dharmar, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., Associate Professor in Residence, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Christiana Drake, Ph.D., Admissions Chair, Biostatistics Graduate Group; Professor, Department of Statistics

Suzanne Eidson-Ton, M.D., M.S., Associate Professor, Director of Medical Student Education Program, Department of Family and Community Medicine, School of Medicine

Erik Fernandez y Garcia, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine

Scott Fishman, M.D., Chief of Pain Medicine, Vice Chair for Pain Medicine and Faculty Development, and Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, School of Medicine

Philippe R. Goldin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Theresa A. Harvath, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.S., F.A.A.N., Associate Dean for Academics and Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Virginia Hass, D.N.P., R.N., F.N.P.-C., P.A.-C., M.S.N. ,Assistant Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Shelly Henderson, Ph.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Ladson Hinton, M.D., Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine

Michael Hogarth, M.D., Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, School of Medicine

Jill Joseph, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Gerald Kayingo, Ph.D., P.A.-C., Director for the Physician Assistant Program and Assistant Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Katherine Kim, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., Assistant Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Tae Youn Kim, Ph.D., R.N., Associate Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Kenneth W. Kizer, M.D., M.P.H., Director, Institute for Population Health Improvement, UC Davis Health System; Distinguished Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine, and Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Nancy E. Lane, M.D., Director, UC Davis Center for Healthy Aging; Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine

Brent Luu, Pharm.D., B.C.P.S., Assistant Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Robert McCarron, D.O., Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine

Frederick J. Meyers, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Pathology, Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine; Executive Director Medical Education and Academic Planning, UC Merced

Richard Michelmore, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology; Director, UC Davis Genome Center and Bioinformatics Program

Lisa Soederberg Miller, Ph.D., Director of Adult Development Lab, Vice Chair and Professor, Department of Human Ecology

Jessica Draughon Moret, Ph.D., R.N., S.A.N.E.-A., Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Jann Murray-Garcia, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Adjunct Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

JoAnne E. Natale, M.D., Ph.D., Medical Director, UC Davis Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit; Professor, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine

Thomas S. Nesbitt, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Technologies and Alliances; Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, School of Medicine

Amy A. Nichols, Ed.D., R.N., Associate Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing 

Ricky Norwood, D.N.P., M.S.N., R.N., F.N.P.-B.C., Assistant Clinical Professor,Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Alberto Odor, M.D., M.S., Adjunct Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Michelle O’Rourke, M.S.N., F.N.P.-C., G.N.P.-B.C., Assistant Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Elizabeth Rice, Ph.D., P.M.H.N.P.-B.C., R.N. Director for the Master of Science – Nurse Practitioner Degree Program and Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

George Rodway, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Patrick S. Romano, M.D., M.P.H., Professor of General Medicine and Pediatrics, Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine

Sumathi Sankaran-Walters, Ph.D., Assistant Adjunct Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Alison Semrad, D.O., F.A.C.P., E.C.N.U., Assistant Professor in Endocrinology, School of Medicine; Medical Director for the Physician Assistant Studies Program, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Jenna Shaw-Battista, R.N., N.P., C.N.M., Ph.D., Director for the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing and Associate Health Sciences Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Mary Lou de Leon Siantz, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Elena O. Siegel, Ph.D., R.N., Associate Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Jon Siiteri, Ph.D., P.A.-C., Assistant Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Daniel Tancredi, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine

Hendry Ton, M.D. M.S., Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine

Laura L. Van Auker, D.N.P., R.N., F.N.P.-B.C., S.N.-C., Assistant Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Peter Yellowlees, M.B.B.S., M.D., Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine

Heather M. Young, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., Dignity Health Dean’s Chair for Nursing Leadership Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing, UC Davis; Dean and Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr, Ph.D., Specialist in Cooperative Extension, Department of Nutrition, UC Davis; Co-Director, UC Davis Center for Nutrition in Schools