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Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob


Dean and Distinguished Service Professor of Nursing

University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing

Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA is Distinguished Service Professor and Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Pittsburgh and Professor of Psychology, Epidemiology, and Occupational therapy.  She has been the dean of the School of Nursing since 2001.

Dr. Dunbar-Jacob received her BSN from Florida State University, her MSN and postmaster’s certificate in child psychiatric nursing from UCSF, and her PhD in counseling psychology from Stanford University.  She is both a registered nurse and a licensed psychologist.  She has worked at a staff nurse, unit manager, nursing director, and has taught nursing at both undergraduate and graduate levels.  She has been involved in the study of patient adherence to treatment in individual studies and multi-center trials, addressing a variety of patient populations. She served on three NIH safety and data monitoring boards; as a behavioral scientist for three NIH funded multicenter clinical trials; and on 20 NIH working groups addressing research agendas. She served on the NINR Advisory Council, as chair of the scientific advisory committee of NIH Roadmap PROMIS initiative, and as a reviewer for NIH agencies and on the search committees for the director of the NINR and the director of the OBSSR. She has more than 140 papers and chapters, primarily focusing on patient adherence.

Dr. Dunbar-Jacob serves on the Executive Committee and Governance Committee for the Pennsylvania Action Coalition [PA-AC], enacted to implement the Institute of Medicine Future of Nursing recommendations within Pennsylvania. She served as chair of the 2010 American Association of Colleges of Nursing Task Force on the Future Research Focused Doctorate, She is  Past President of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, the Society for Behavioral Medicine, and  Friends of National Institute of Nursing Research. She is a fellow in the Society for Behavioral Medicine, the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, the American Psychological Association, the American Heart Association, and the American Academy of Nursing.


In addition to her research interests and professional appointments, Dr. Dunbar-Jacob has devoted her career to teaching nursing students from the undergraduate to the doctoral level.