Dr. Allison Webel named Interim Executive Dean

Dr. Allison Webel

The University of Washington School of Nursing has appointed Dr. Allison Webel (she/her) as the interim executive dean, effective August 1, 2023. Webel will serve in this leadership position until a new permanent dean is selected.

Webel currently serves as the associate dean for research and the Aljoya Endowed Professorship in Aging at the University of Washington School of Nursing. In this role, she has also been leading the Office for Nursing Research to support research efforts at the Bothell and Tacoma campuses. Her leadership has laid the foundation for more cross-campus grant applications and activities.

Webel is stepping in for Dean Azita Emami, who will be the next dean of nursing at Yale University. She will work closely with Dean Emami over the next six weeks to ensure a smooth transition.

Webel earned her bachelor’s degrees in nursing and sociology from the Ohio State University and her master’s and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of California, San Francisco. She is globally recognized for her clinical research work focused on helping people with HIV live and age well, with emphasis on non-pharmacological approaches to healthy aging. Webel has published over 150 manuscripts on HIV and aging, behavioral science, and global health. She has been funded by the National Institute for Nursing Research, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, American Heart Association, Gilead Sciences, and the National Institute on Aging.

Webel’s research lab coordinates the PROSPER-HIV study, which is the largest longitudinal study of physical activity and diet on the symptom experience of adults living with HIV. She also co-leads the EXTRA-CVD study, which tests a nurse-led intervention to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol in adults with HIV, and the HEALTH study, which tests high-intensity interval training on fatigue and physical function in older adults with HIV.

Apart from her extensive academic, clinical, and research experience, Webel has demonstrated her steadfast commitment to antiracism and inclusion in nursing and academia.

The University of Washington School of Nursing is pleased to have Dr. Webel in this leadership position. Congratulations!