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Pamela G. Watson, RN, ScD

Vice President of Education and Dean, School of Nursing


Dr. Pamela Watson, dean of the UTMB School of Nursing and vice president of education for UTMB, earned a Diploma in Nursing from the Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing. She subsequently earned a Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Science Degree from Boston University School of Nursing. In 1982, she was awarded a Doctor of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling/Psychology from Boston University.

Dr. Watson's past administrative experience includes the position of Chair of the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs for the College of Health Professions at Thomas Jefferson University, which she held from 1987 until November 2001. Clinically, Dr. Watson's practice primarily focused on the rehabilitation of individuals dealing with catastrophic life events including injury and cancer. Her research efforts currently focus on health promotion and disease prevention. For the past seven years she served as Principal Investigator on a NIH-National Institute of Diabetes Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIH-NIDDK) funded clinical trial, related to the prevention of type-2 diabetes at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Over the years, Dr. Watson has authored many articles on rehabilitation, cancer rehabilitation, research methods, and nursing education. She has actively sought and secured funding for many grants. She is active in local and national professional organizations. She is now serving a second term on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and serves as Chair of the AACN Governmental Affairs Committee.

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