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The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing


From left: Associate Dean for Academics Deborah H. Ward, Dean and Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing Heather M. Young, Assistant Dean for Interprofessional Programs Jana Katz-Bell, Assistant Dean for Development Sallie-Grace Tate and Associate Dean for Research Jill G. Joseph lead the School of Nursing.

Heather M. Young, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.
A nurse educator and scientist and a nationally recognized expert in gerontological nursing and rural health care, Heather M. Young was appointed associate vice chancellor for nursing at UC Davis Health System in 2008. She also serves as the founding dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis.

Deborah Ward, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.
Deborah Ward is associate dean for academics for 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 outreach programs and leads faculty development.

Jill G. Joseph, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Jill G. Joseph is the associate dean for research at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. In that role, she leads the research program at the School of Nursing and develops and implements a strategic plan to further enhance the school’s focus on Healthy Systems and Healthy People. She also supports research development through mentorship and collaboration, assures high-quality research infrastructure and support systems, and promotes robust and high-impact, interprofessional research.

Jana Katz-Bell, M.P.H.
Jana Katz-Bell is assistant dean for interprofessional programs at UC Davis Health System. Formerly assistant dean for administration in the School of Medicine, as well as the chief administrative officer for the UC Davis Center for Health and Technology, Katz-Bell is an integral leader of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Transition Team by supporting both the grant development process and supervising team members. She was appointed assistant dean for interprofessional programs in April 2008 and has a dual role leading the administrative structure for the School of Nursing. Additionally, she works on statewide and national telehealth projects and is a board member of the Center for Telemedicine and eHealth Law.

Sallie-Grace Tate
Sallie-Grace Tate is assistant dean for development at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. In that role, Tate leads the school’s development program and coordinates strategic fundraising initiatives with health system and campus development leaders to sustain the School of Nursing. Specific focus includes the development of multi-school gifts as well as regional and national outreach.

Carol Robinson, M.P.A., F.A.A.N.
As chief patient care services officer and director of nursing for UC Davis Medical Center, Carol Robinson provides critical insights into curricular development, aligning educational content with the realities of the clinical environment. In this way, the School of Nursing will be able to ensure that the theoretical education will support interprofessional, team-based, people-centered care in the clinical setting.