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Catherine Gilliss

PhD ’83, RN, FAAN
Catherine Gilliss, Dean and Professor at the UCSF School of Nursing, is an academic leader who has focused on developing institutions to make their maximum contribution to constituent members and society. She led Yale and Duke universities’ Schools of Nursing as dean and dean/vice chancellor and at both schools expanded the size and quality of the faculty, staff, student body, and academic programming. At Duke, she led an unprecedented expansion of programs and facilities, including a modern headquarters building, ultimately leading to Duke’s ranking as the top U.S. graduate school of nursing by U.S. News & World Report.

A pioneer in the field of bidirectional influences of the family and chronic illness, Gilliss received the 2007 Distinguished Contributions to Family Nursing Research Award. Her textbook, Toward a Science of Family Nursing, was the first compendium of scientific information on the effects of chronic illness on families and vice versa, which proposed nursing interventions to promote healthy patients and families.

Gilliss has served as president of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, the American Academy of Nursing, and the Board of the North Carolina Foundation for Nursing. She served as a Regent of the University of Portland and vice chair of the Board for the Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers, where she chaired a successful capital campaign for a new Comprehensive Health Care Center.

She has been honored by Yale (honorary M.A., School of Nursing Medal), the University of Portland (honorary D.H.L.), UCSF (distinguished alumna), and Duke (distinguished alumna, Distinguished Service Award). She was a fellow in the inaugural class of Stanford University’s Distinguished Careers Institute. Gilliss earned her B.S.N. at Duke, her M.S.N. in psychiatric mental health nursing at The Catholic University of America, a post-masters certificate in primary care at the University of Rochester, and her Ph.D. at UCSF, where she was also a post-doctoral UC President’s Fellow.

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