New Professorships

Three new professorships and one reappointment


Betty Bekemeier, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, has been selected as the Ellery and Kirby Cramer Endowed Professor. Dr. Bekemeier exemplifies the interdisciplinary scholarship so valued at the School of Nursing; she has a primary appointment in the Department of Psychosocial and Community Health and an active adjunct appointment in the School of Public Health. Her scholarly research, which focuses on public health systems, is making significant contributions to health policy.

As the Ellery and Kirby Endowed Professor, Dr. Bekemeier’s goals align with the University-wide emphasis on population health. She aims to broaden and deepen her leadership and scholarship dissemination efforts not only within the University but also to national organizations like Academy Health and the American Academy of Nursing. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Bekemeier on her professorship.




Cynthia Dougherty

Cindy Dougherty, ARNP, PhD, FAHA, FAAN, has been selected as the Charles and Gerda Spence Endowed Professor. Dr. Dougherty is widely known for her research in cardiovascular disease, sudden cardiac arrest, implantable cardioverter defibrillators, exercise in cardiovascular patient populations, and advanced heart failure. She has a distinguished history of funding from the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association, and was recently selected as the chair of the American Heart Association Council for Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing.

As the Charles and Gerda Spence Endowed Professor, Dr. Dougherty seeks to advance the School of Nursing research agenda by sponsoring responses to large national funding opportunities, integrate students and faculty further into her ongoing research, and disseminate research results to local and national health care system partnerships. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Dougherty on her professorship.



Hilaire Thompson, PhD, RN, CNRN, ACNP-BC, FAAN, has been selected as the Joanne Montgomery Endowed Professor. Dr. Thompson established and leads the Doctor of Nursing Practice track in Adult/Gerontology Acute Care and leads the American Academy of Nursing’s Acute Care Expert Panel. She is core faculty at the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center and the UW School of Nursing, where her research focuses on improving care for older adults with traumatic brain injury.

As the Joanne Montgomery Endowed Professor, Dr. Thompson will be supported in her prolific output of successful research grant applications and her leadership on interdisciplinary research teams, such as the HEALTH-E initiative, which develops studies that partner academic and industry groups to improve the lives of older adults using technology. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Thompson on her professorship.




Joie Whitney

Joie Whitney, PhD, RN, CWCN, FAAN, has been reappointed as the Harborview Endowed Professor in Critical Care Nursing. Dr. Whitney is the Associate Dean for Research at the School of Nursing and the Nurse Research Scientist in the Department of

Clinical Education at Harborview Medical Center. Throughout her appointment, she has provided clinical research mentorship to nurses providing care and leadership in point-of-care research through the Seattle Nursing Research Consortium. She regularly mentors undergraduate BSN honors students. Dr. Whitney also leads the predoctoral research training program across all six health sciences schools and engineering for the Institute for Translational Health Services.

As the Harborview Endowed Professor in Critical Care, Dr. Whitney will continue to raise the national profile of the students, faculty and researchers at the UW School of Nursing and at Harborview Medical Center and expand her leadership in interdisciplinary science across the University. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Whitney on her continued professorship.