Jill G. Joseph

Jill G. Joseph is the associate dean for research at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. A physician scientist and collaborator with a distinguished commitment to interprofessional and interdisciplinary education and research, Joseph conducts multiple research projects requiring the participation of colleagues across a wide range of disciplines.

As associate dean for research, Joseph leads the research program at the School of Nursing and develops and implements a strategic plan to further enhance the school’s focus on Healthy Systems and Healthy People. She also supports research development through mentorship and collaboration, assures high-quality research infrastructure and support systems, and promotes robust and high-impact, interprofessional research.

Prior to joining the team at the School of Nursing, Joseph was associate dean for clinical and translational research at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C., where she was a professor of pediatrics and an endowed chair. She was also the principal investigator of the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute there, the only such NIH-funded center awarded to a children’s hospital. Prior to her position at George Washington University, she was a professor at the UC Davis School of Medicine as well as the associate director of the UC Davis Center to Reduce Health Disparities.

Joseph earned a Master of Public Health and doctorate in Epidemiology from UC Berkeley in 1979, then conducted research in New Zealand for three years. She later joined the University of Michigan School of Public Health faculty. While there, she was one of the first investigators in the nation to conduct rigorous research on behavioral and psychosocial aspects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, with her research contributing to preventive interventions. Midcareer, she earned her medical degree from Michigan State University and completed a residency in pediatrics at Albert Einstein/Montefiore Hospital.

Her most recent work is broadly focused on understanding and addressing pediatric health disparities and the related system barriers. Her work included the evaluation of programs to enhance parental and child mental health in Head Start, a randomized trial of interventions to improve behavioral risk factors for adverse pregnancy outcomes in African-American women, and studies of violence exposure. As a generalist, Joseph has also participated in studies of pediatric brain injury, medication errors and improved asthma treatment.

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