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UW School of Nursing Welcomes New Faculty


Date: September 26, 2013
Media Contact: Ashley Wiggin,, 206-221-2456

The UW School of Nursing is pleased to welcome five new tenure-track faculty members to the departments of Family and Child Nursing and Psychosocial and Community Health.

Wendy Barrington, PhD, MPH Wendy BarringtonWendy Barrington
Assistant Professor, Community Health Nursing
Dept. of Psychosocial & Community Health

Dr. Barrington completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center this summer before joining our faculty.  Her postdoctoral work was on cancer prevention training in nutrition, exercise and genetics.  Her continuing research interest is in the social determinants and health disparities in cancer prevention. Dr. Barrington is a graduate of the School of Public Health with a PhD in Epidemiology.  She will be teaching in the Community Health Nursing program.

Sarah GimbelSarah GimbelSarah Gimbel, PhD, MPH, BSN
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Family and Child Nursing

Dr. Gimbel’s research focuses on the development of improved models of delivery in resource limited settings, specifically human resources for health, data quality for health systems strengthening, and tool development for health workers to improve quality of care. She teaches primarily undergraduate courses.

Pam KohlerPam KohlerPam Kohler, PhD, MPH, RN
Assistant Professor, Community & Culture Content
Joint Appointment in the Department of Global Health & Psychosocial & Community Health

Dr. Kohler is interested in implementation science activities including evaluation of HIV prevention and treatment programs in Malawi and South Africa.  She directs health promotion projects in Africa through the International Training & Education Center for Health (I-TECH) in the Department of Global Health.  Dr. Kohler will be teaching global health and culture content in our programs.    

Rebecca O'connorRebecca O'connorRebecca O’Connor, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Family and Child Nursing

Dr. O’Connor joins the School of Nursing with over seven years of experience working in pediatric research, the majority of which has focused on youth with type 1 diabetes. Her current research explores how current definitions of race and ethnicity may be masking disease trends, particularly in the case of type 1 diabetes among East African immigrant youth. She teaches primarily in the undergraduate program.

Jean TangJean TangJean (Hsin-Yi) Tang, PhD, ARNP
Assistant Professor, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
Dept. of Psychosocial & Community Health

Dr. Tang is interested in the use of light and sound brainwave entrainment for cognitive enhancement and cardiovascular health of community dwelling older adults.  Dr. Tang is an alumnae of the UW SON PMHNP and PhD programs and has most recently been teaching at Seattle University. She is a practicing psychiatric ARNP and will be teaching in the PMHNP program.


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