Dr. Judith Gordon, PhD, has been appointed Interim Associate Dean for Research at the UA College of Nursing, effective Aug. 31. She will replace Dr. Usha Menon, who has accepted a position of Associate Vice-Dean for Research at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
In her UA administrative leadership role, Dr. Menon has been an inspiring voice for promoting nursing and health research, engagement and productivity. A nationally -connected and highly knowledgeable researcher in health disparities and cancer screening for prevention, Dr. Menon has catalyzed an incredibly effective research environment at the college through team-building and mentoring many individual researchers. In addition, she was Co-PI and Participant Engagement Director for the All of US Research Program, bringing her community participatory expertise to this large and interprofessional national initiative.
Please join in giving a fond farewell to a passionate and intelligent nurse researcher who leaves a legacy of unparalleled success at the UA College Office of Nursing Research.
Dr. Gordon will pick up the baton as Interim Associate Dean for Research. She is currently the Executive Director of Research Initiatives in the Office of Nursing Research, and through this role has been integrated into the activities of the Office. She is a leading expert on tobacco cessation and prevention with more than 20 years of high-level research experience and has been the PI or Co-Investigator on more than 30 projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense and private foundations. She recently received a $1.5 million grant, in conjunction with colleagues in Oregon, from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to enhance an evidence-based tobacco-prevention program for fifth and sixth graders.
Please join in congratulating Dr. Gordon and we look forward to the continued success that she will bring the research team at the UA College of Nursing.
Ida (Ki) Moore, PhD, RN, FAAN
UA College of Nursing