Joan L Shaver

Joan L Shaver , PhD, RN, FAAN


Joan Shaver, PhD, RN, FAAN is Professor and prior Dean (2009-2018) of the College of Nursing at the University of Arizona. She is Dean Emeritus, University of Illinois at Chicago, where she served for 13 years.  She has been a member of the National Advisory Council for the NIH National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) and the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research in Canada. She is past President of the American Academy of Nursing and was a panel member for the IOM Health Professions Education Summit. Dr. Shaver co-led a NIH NINR-funded Center for Women’s Health Research and the research core for the National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. In Chicago, she served on the Board of Directors for Advocate HealthCare, a multi-hospital, integrated, health care system.

Dr. Shaver’s scientific scholarship encompasses sleep issues for women in menopausal transition and in women with fatiguing and painful health conditions, mainly fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. She has conducted NIH-funded research in women’s health and sleep science, publishing her scientific work in nursing, medical and interdisciplinary journals.

Dr. Shaver holds a PhD degree in Physiology and Biophysics (School of Medicine) and a master’s in nursing (School of Nursing) both from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA and a baccalaureate degree (from University of Alberta in Canada).