Professor Emeritus

Jill G. Joseph is a professor emeritus 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.

Joseph’s most recent work broadly focuses on developing evidence-based capabilities for improving person-centered care through community-engaged and nurse-directed care coordination. Her work also explores the specific value of mobile technology to support these efforts, with an initial focus on the needs of cancer patients, their families and care-providers, as well as their clinicians. She leads collaborative efforts that include a focus on vulnerable populations in both rural and urban areas for whom culturally embedded and high-quality care is especially important. As a generalist, Joseph has also participated in studies of pediatric brain injury, medication errors and improved asthma treatment, as well as improved prenatal care for African-American women and investigations to better understand the origins of child well-being in difficult circumstances.

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.

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