Childhood Diabetes Researcher Named Dean of Yale School of Nursing

President Richard C. Levin has named Margaret Grey, a pediatric nurse and diabetes expert, as dean of the Yale School of Nursing effective September 1, 2005.

Grey is the Annie Goodrich Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean for Scholarly Affairs at the Yale School of Nursing. A graduate of the school who joined the faculty in 1993, her responsibilities have included oversight of the school’s scholarly activities and teaching in the doctoral program.

“She has mentored many faculty in developing research programs, spurring a tremendous growth in faculty research,” Levin said. “Due in part to her leadership and support of others, the Yale School of Nursing now ranks sixth among nursing schools in NIH funding.”

Grey is an internationally known researcher in the natural history of adaptation to chronic illness in childhood, especially children with diabetes mellitus. She has developed and studied behavioral interventions that improve both metabolic control of diabetes and the quality of life in young people and their parents and prevent type 2 diabetes in high-risk youth. She has been instrumental in the development of practice-based research networks in nursing. In addition, she has been principal investigator for grants totaling over $15 million.

The new dean holds a BSN from the University of Pittsburgh, an MSN from Yale, and a Doctorate in Public Health from Columbia University. From 1985-1993 she held a number of positions at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, including Director of the Primary Care Graduate Program and Chair of the Family and Community Health Division. Earlier she was at Columbia University, where she held positions as Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing and Director of the Graduate Major in Ambulatory Care.

The author of over 160 journal articles, chapters and abstracts, Grey is the recipient of the Excellence in Nursing Research Award from the Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Programs, the Achievement in Research Award from the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, the Outstanding Nurse Researcher Award from the Eastern Nursing Research Society, and the Virginia Henderson Award for Outstanding Contributions to Nursing Research from the Connecticut Nurses’ Association, among other awards. She is also a Distinguished Fellow of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Nurse Practitioners. She was elected to the American Academy of Nursing in 1991.

She has served on multiple NIH and AHRQ review panels, and she was the chairperson of the Nursing Science Review Committee for the National Institute of Nursing Research from 1995-1997. She was President of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners, a member of the second cohort of Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows, and a member of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the American Diabetes Association where she has been instrumental in developing standards of care for youth with diabetes.

President Levin thanked Katherine Jones, who has served as acting dean in the past year. Jones, who joined the faculty in 2003 as a professor in the doctoral program with a focus on health services research and health policy, will return to her faculty position.

Established in 1923, the Yale School of Nursing has become a leading school of nursing in the United States. It enjoys a national and international reputation for excellence in teaching, research and clinical practice, and its graduates have gone on to assume leadership positions around the world. The school offers a Master of Science in Nursing degree with nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, and nurse midwifery specialties. The Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing is designed for those who hold baccalaureate degrees but have no previous nursing education. The school also has a Doctor of Nursing Science program, established in 1994.

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