All five School of Nursing graduate programs are led by the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group, an interprofessional team of more than 60 faculty members from disciplines including nursing, medicine, health informatics, nutrition, biostatistics, pharmacy, sociology and public health. Click here to learn more about graduate groups.

Graduate group chair

Amy A. Nichols, Ed.D., R.N. C.N.S., C.H.S.E., Associate Dean for Academics and Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing 

Graduate group members

Kupiri Ackerman-Barger, Ph.D., R.N., Associate Dean for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Clinical Professor and Co-Director for the Interprofessional Teaching Scholars Program

Jason Adams, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine

Susan L. Adams, Ph.D., R.N., N.P., C.N.S., Associate Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Nick Anderson, M.S., Ph.D., Robert D. Cardiff Professor of Informatics, UC Davis; Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, School of Medicine; Director of Informatics, Clinical Translational Science Center, UC Davis

Ester Carolina Apesoa-Varano, Ph.D., Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Deb Bakerjian, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., F.A.A.N., F.A.A.N.P., F.G.S.A., Interim Associate Dean for Practice and Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Janice F. Bell, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.N., F.A.A.N., Associate Dean for Research, Doctor of Philosophy Program Director and Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Julie T. Bidwell, Ph.D., R.N., Assistant Professor in the Family Caregiving Institute, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Sheryl L. Catz, Ph.D., Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Stephen Cavanagh, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., Dignity Health Dean’s Chair for Nursing Leadership, Dean and Professor

Christine de Belen-Wilson, D.N.P., R.N., F.N.P.-B.C., Clinician Educator: Assistant Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Rosalind ‘Roz’ McNiesh de Lisser, M.S., A.P.R.N., F.N.P., P.M.H.N.P., Associate Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Madan Dharmar, Ph.D., Associate Professor, General Pediatrics, School of Medicine

Christiana Drake, Ph.D., Admissions Chair, Biostatistics Graduate Group; Professor, Department of Statistics

Jennifer J. Edwards, M.S., R.N., C.H.S.E., Director for Clinical Simulation and Assistant Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Felix D. Emond, Jr., M.S., P.A.-C., D.F.A.A.P.A., Assistant Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Alex Fauer, Ph.D., R.N., O.C.N., Assistant Professor in the Family Caregiving Institute, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Mark Fedyk, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Bioethics Program, School of Medicine, and Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Erik Fernandez y Garcia, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine

Mary Gallagher, M.S.N., M.P.H., C.P.N.P.-P.C., Assistant Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Philippe R. Goldin, Ph.D., Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Miles Harris, M.S., F.N.P.-B.C., A.A.H.I.V.S., Assistant Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing; Director, Gender-Affirming Care at UC Davis Health, Department of Family and Community Medicine

Shelly Henderson, Ph.D., Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, School of Medicine

Ladson Hinton, M.D., Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine

Victoria Jackson, M.S., F.N.P.-C., P.A.-C., Assistant Clinical Professor

Jill Joseph, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., Professor Emeritus (retired annuitant), Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Tia K. Joseph, M.S., R.N.,  Assistant Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Tae Youn Kim, Ph.D., R.N., Associate Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Brent Luu, Pharm.D., B.C.P.S., B.C.A.C.P. , Associate Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Janet Meda, D.N.P., F.N.P.-C, P.H.N., R.N., Clinician Educator: Assistant Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Jessica Draughon Moret, Ph.D., R.N., S.A.N.E.-A., Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Jann Murray-Garcia, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

JoAnne E. Natale, M.D., Ph.D., Medical Director, UC Davis Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit; Professor, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine

Thomas S. Nesbitt, M.D., M.P.H., Professor Emeritus, Department of Family and Community Medicine, School of Medicine

Charis Ong, M.S., R.N., Assistant Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Eileen Partridge, D.N.P., R.N., A.G.P.C.N.P.-B.C., Assistant Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Jeffrey M. Pearl, M.D., Director for the Physician Assistant Program and Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Amber Ramage, M.S.N., Ed.M, F.N.P.-BC, Clinician Educator: Assistant Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Angelica de Leon-Renteria, D.N.P., F.N.P.-B.C., R.N., Assistant Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis

Elizabeth Rice, Ph.D., P.M.H.N.P.-B.C., R.N. Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Patrick S. Romano, M.D., M.P.H., Professor of General Medicine and Pediatrics, Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine

Shana Ruggenberg, Ed.D, RNC, Director for the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing and Associate Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Jill Saberman, R.N., M.S.N., W.H.N.P.-B.C., Clinician Educator: Assistant Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Cara M. Sandholdt, Ph.D., Assistant Adjunct Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Sumathi Sankaran-Walters, Ph.D., Associate Adjunct Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Elenitsa Sebat, M.S., P.A.-C., Assistant Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing a UC Davis

Kathryn Sexson, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., F.N.P.-B.C., Director for the Doctor of Nursing Practice — Family Nurse Practitioner Degree Program; Associate Clinical Professor in the Family Caregiving Institute, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Mary Lou de Leon Siantz, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., Professor Emeritus (retired annuitant), Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Elena O. Siegel, Ph.D., R.N., Associate Professor Emeritus (retired annuitant), Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Charleen Singh, Ph.D., F.N.P.-B.C., CWOCN, R.N.,  Assistant Director of the Master's Entry Program in Nursing and Assistant Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Daniel Tancredi, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine

Teresa Thetford, DHSc, M.S., PA-C, N.P., Assistant Director for the Physician Assistant Program and Associate Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Michelle Touw, M.M.S., P.A.-C., Assistant Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Laura L. Van Auker, D.N.P., R.N., F.N.P.-B.C., S.N.-C., Assistant Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Heather M. Young, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., Professor, dean emerita and national director for the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship Program for Nurse Leaders and Innovators