The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing cultivates academic excellence through immersive, interprofessional and interdisciplinary education and research. Faculty represent diversity across various fields of expertise, research and personal experience. They also foster collaboration among other faculty, students and throughout UC Davis. The stories below highlight a few of the school’s educators as well as current and previous research projects at the school.


Improving dementia care through music

Improving dementia care through music

Researchers from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis collaborate with the California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF) on a quality improvement initiative aimed at improving dementia care in skilled nursing facilities.


Charting new territory, developing relationships for new opportunities

Charting new territory, developing relationships for new opportunities

Meet the nursing professor designing clinical opportunities for students in the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing at the UC Davis nursing school.


Producing resources for family caregivers

Producing resources for family caregivers

Faculty at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis partner with colleagues at AARP to empower family caregivers with the knowledge and skills needed to care for a loved one at home. From understanding difficult medication regimens to discussing sensitive caretaker responsibilities, actors in a new series of videos address various aspects of family caregiving rooted in the knowledge of registered nurses.


Seeing beyond the person to improve care for people

Seeing beyond the person to improve care for people

The admiration Janice Bell developed for nurses, coupled with her love of research, propelled her to a career in nursing. Her quest to change the way nurses think about health beyond caring for individuals brought her to the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. Learn how Bell brings her nursing perspective to caring for people and mentors students in the classroom.


Training health coaches in primary-care clinics to empower people with chronic diseases

Producing resources for family caregivers

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis developed a sustainable program whereby Central Valley primary-care centers prepare medical assistants and nurses to be health coaches. Researchers hope the program creates a system where providers can focus resources on the sickest of the population and redirect people with chronic diseases into avenues where education and goal setting is reinforced by health coaches.


Grabbing opportunity, guided by 'the why'

Grabbing opportunity, guided by 'the why'

Katherine Kim learned early in her sophomore year at Harvard College that collaboration and teamwork are crucial to effective research. Driven by the nagging question "Why?" she tapped into the passion that propels her professionally and furthers the mission of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis.


Shifting the chronic disease discussion

Shifting the chronic disease discussion

Chronic health conditions that plague more than 117 million people can be managed, modified and improved if people living with them take part in the solution. The School of Nursing leads a research study focusing on individuals with diabetes to determine if innovative approaches, including mobile technology and nurse coaching, help those people better manage their chronic disease.


From transplants to technology

From transplants to technology

A surgeon focused on general and transplant surgery in Mexico City, Alberto Odor enjoyed providing for people for 25 years. But the allure of computers and the promise of how technology could improve care for entire populations ultimately brought him to UC Davis and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.


Navigating the complexities of advanced-illness care

Navigating the complexities of advanced-illness care

In hopes of improving the quality of life for those nearing its end, the Alameda County Care Alliance launched an innovative church-based care navigator program for congregants and their caregivers. Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing researchers join to develop a health coaching model to train care navigators, as well as design and implement an evaluation of the program.


Finding what drives people toward healthy behavior

Finding what drives people toward healthy behavior

This professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis has amassed a wealth of information on the scientific study of behaviors relating to a person’s health and well-being.


The power of adapted technology to improve health of populations

The power of adapted technology to improve health of populations

Could teenagers and their iPods make a community healthier? Youth from the Karuk Tribe and a professor from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis teamed up to find out. What they discovered could benefit populations across the globe.


Improving health outcomes for women and immigrant populations

Improving health outcomes for women and immigrant populations

School of Nursing Professor Mary Lou de Leon Siantz devotes her life and research to improving women’s health. Her current research focuses on the well-being of Hispanic immigrant adolescents and identifying what education will inform better outcomes and produce healthy people.


Improving care, decreasing costs through care coordination

Improving care, decreasing costs through care coordination

People with cancer face a complex care system. Complicated treatment regimens, multiple specialists with individualized therapies and a web of health-care bureaucracy drive up cost and decrease quality in care. To address the negatives of fragmented care, poor communication and increasing expense, an interdisciplinary team from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and the Comprehensive Cancer Center at UC Davis investigates how tablet computers and reimagined social-networking software can improve the experience and outcome for all who become ill.


An education that goes beyond diagnosis to understand the person, family and community

An education that goes beyond diagnosis to understand the person, family and community

Meet the educator bringing experience in prelicensure programs and dedication to health equity.


Making the case for nursing-home leaders increasing skills for improved care

Making the case for nursing-home leaders increasing skills for improved care

As members of the baby boom generation get older and reach retirement age, they present increasing concerns for the quality and value of nursing-home care. As this "silver tsunami" swells, industry and policy leaders search for ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiencies of long-term care services. Elena Siegel, an assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, investigates critical skill sets needed by nursing-home management teams to influence policy, improve care and reduce costs.


Meet Theresa Harvath

Meet Theresa Harvath

Theresa Harvath is a trailblazer who recognized early in her education and career that health care needed a focus on prevention and rehabilitation. With more than 25 years in nursing education and clinical practice, she now brings that visionary expertise to the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis to sharpen the skills of new, graduate-student nurses and prepare them for new roles emerging in health care.


Meet Elizabeth Rice: Program director embraces relationships to prepare nurse practitioners for the future

Meet Elizabeth Rice: Program director embraces relationships to prepare nurse practitioners for the future

Elizabeth Rice forged her own path as a nurse practitioner seeking to bridge the gap between physical health and mental health. Her career took her from practice, to research and then nursing education before she landed at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis to lead its family nurse practitioner program. Her goal: encourage nurses from diverse pathways to become nurse practitioners.