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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 the assistant dean for interprofessional programs at UC Davis Health System. In this dual role she serves both the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and the UC Davis School of Medicine. She oversees programs that bridge the two schools and also seeks new opportunities for interprofessional programs and collaboration at the health system. At the School of Nursing, Katz-Bell is responsible for strategic planning and resources management. Katz-Bell co-authored the 2007 grant proposal that secured the $100 million funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to establish the School of Nursing. In addition to her formal education and extensive background developing complex projects, she is a nationally recognized speaker on telehealth sustainability and policy issues.

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.