School of Nursing Leadership
Stephen J. Cavanagh, Ph.D., M.P.A., R.N., F.A.C.H.E., F.A.A.N.
Stephen J. Cavanagh is the Dignity Health Dean’s Chair for Nursing Leadership, Dean and Professor. Cavanagh leads the School of Nursing and collaborates with the interprofessional Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group in the operation of five graduate degree programs as well as development of new programs.
Theresa A. Harvath, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., F.G.S.A.
Theresa Harvath is executive associate dean for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. In that role, she oversees the education and community engagement missions of the School of Nursing and closely coordinates with the school’s leadership to transform health care through nursing education and research. She collaborates with the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group to create curricula, connects with community partners to design outreach programs and leads faculty development.
Kupiri W. Ackerman-Barger, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.E., F.A.A.N.
Kupiri “Piri” Ackerman-Barger is associate dean for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and an associate clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. In this position, leads the school’s efforts to create a diverse and welcoming setting in which to learn, work and collaborate. She also designs initiatives so the school’s learning environments, workforce, programs, services and partnerships are more diverse and inclusive.
Janice F. Bell, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.N., F.A.A.N.
Janice F. Bell is the associate dean for research, director for the Doctor of Philosophy program and professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. In her role as associate dean and director for the doctoral program, she provides leadership, guidance and mentorship in research to faculty, students and staff in advancing the school’s research program as well as contribute to the development of the next generation of nurse scientists. She also teaches doctoral courses.
Elizabeth Rice, Ph.D., P.M.H.N.P.-B.C., R.N.
Elizabeth Rice is associate dean for Student and Faculty Success and clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. As associate dean, she oversees implementation of programs designed to ensure student and faculty success in their educational and professional development. Her teaching expertise focuses on health policy, nursing education and advanced psychiatric nursing practice.
Lisa M. Badovinac, M.A.Ed.
Lisa Badovinac is the assistant dean for education at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. She is responsible for providing broad leadership and management of the educational mission for the school, including oversight of outreach, student recruitment, admissions, student records, educational technology, clinical placements, program development, accreditation and evaluation.
Jana Katz-Bell, M.P.H.
Jana Katz-Bell is the assistant dean for interprofessional programs at UC Davis Health. In this dual role she serves both the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and the UC Davis School of Medicine. She oversees programs that bridge the two schools and also seeks new opportunities for interprofessional programs and collaboration at the health system. At the School of Nursing, Katz-Bell is responsible for strategic planning and resources management. Katz-Bell co-authored the 2007 grant proposal that secured the $100 million funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to establish the School of Nursing. In addition to her formal education and extensive background developing complex projects, she is a nationally recognized speaker on telehealth sustainability and policy issues.
Emily Sanson-Smith, M.B.A.
Emily Sanson-Smith is assistant dean for administration at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. In that role, she serves as a key adviser to the dean and the leadership team of the school. Sanson-Smith leads in financial reporting, forecasting and policy setting on administrative matters, organizational development, risk management and operations. She is also responsible for developing, implementing and overseeing administrative systems in the school as it expands in number of degree programs, enrollment and research projects.