Marla E. Salmon, ScD, RN, FAAN, dean of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University, announced the appointment of Kenneth Hepburn, PhD, as the school's first Associate Dean for Research. In this newly created position, Dr. Hepburn will provide leadership for and further develop the school's burgeoning program of nursing research. He begins his first academic year with the school this fall, having started his appointment in February. Dr. Hepburn held a similar role at University of Minnesota where he developed a well-respected research program for the school of nursing. Supporting his leadership are his own research studies on caregivers for family members with dementia, geriatric team care, education and evaluation issues, and change of practice behavior.
"Dr. Hepburn played a major leadership role in developing a very vibrant research agenda during his tenure at the University of Minnesota," says Dean Salmon. "This is an enormous achievement for the school that holds great promise for the advancement of nursing research at Emory."
Dr. Hepburn's work will focus on advancing the school's increasingly renowned research program. In addition to recruiting new and developing current research faculty, he will work with the school's research center, the Center for Research on Symptoms, Symptom Interactions and Health Outcomes, which is one of nine exploratory nursing research centers funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute for Nursing Research. The Symptom Center's purpose is to facilitate symptom-related research, including the development and testing of interventions designed to reduce negative symptomatology and improve health outcomes in clinical populations.
"I came to Emory because it seemed an extraordinary opportunity to help a strong program advance its agenda of nursing science," says Dr. Hepburn. "I am excited about working with faculty and the school's leadership to recruit more researchers and to strengthen support systems and mentoring for our research faculty," he says.
The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University is recognized as a leader in the preparation of students for beginning and advanced practice nursing. Graduates of the school's programs are at the forefront in leadership, serving as role models for excellence in nursing practice throughout the world. The School of Nursing is committed to improving care and nursing leadership through its key values of scholarship, leadership and social responsibility. To learn more, visit www.nursing.emory.edu or call 404-727-7980.