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Melissa Spezia Faulkner

Faulkner Leads Educational Innovation

Melissa Spezia Faulkner DSN RN FAAN is looking to help transform Emory’s undergraduate and graduate nursing education as the new associate dean for educational innovation.

Since joining the nursing school in February, she is working with faculty in their ongoing efforts to revise the BSN and MN curricula, strengthen clinical partnerships, and enhance the use of new technology, interactive teaching, and simulation training across programs and disciplines. She has met with her counterpart in the School of Medicine, William Eley MD, to formalize the structure and sharing of resources for interprofessional team training and is looking to introduce online hybrid course instruction for MN students. She also oversees formation of the new doctor of nursing practice program, which will enroll its first students in fall 2014.

Faulkner also will partner with practitioners at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Georgia Institute of Technology to continue her research in pediatric diabetes, particularly the psychosocial and psychological factors that affect patient outcomes. She comes to Emory from the University of Arizona, where she was the Gladys E. Sorenson Endowed Professor of Diabetes Research and Education. She also served on the faculty at Arizona State University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Tennessee, and Southeast Missouri State University.

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Her new appointment comes at a crucial time for nursing education at Emory, notes Linda McCauley, dean of the School of Nursing. “Dr. Faulkner is the driving force for incorporating emerging technologies into the nursing curricula and developing educational programs that meet the complex needs of today’s health care delivery system.”

Faculty Appointments

Marcia Holstad DSN FNP-BC FAANP FAAN is the first Marcia Stanhope Professor in Public Health.

Her new professorship is named in honor of Marcia Stanhope 71MN PhD, a retired academic leader and public health nurse at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing. Holstad has taught at the School of Nursing for more than 20 years and provides primary care for HIV-positive women through the Grady Hospital Health System. She is known for her National Institutes of Health-funded research to promote antiretroviral therapy adherence and reduce risky behaviors among women with HIV/AIDS.

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Anne L. Dunlop MD 00MPH, associate research professor, previously directed Emory’s Division of Preventive Medicine and the Preventive Medicine Residency Program.

Her research focuses on racial disparities in reproductive and pregnancy outcomes and developing interventions to improve outcomes. She serves on the Women’s Health Workgroup of the National Maternal Health Initiative, U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, and on the CDC’s Clinical Workgroup of the National Preconception Health and Healthcare Initiative and the expert panel on Reproductive Health and Preconception Care of HIV-infected Women.

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