Teresa Ward Named Chair of Newly Created Department

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Teresa Ward Named Chair of Newly Created Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing Department

June 27, 2019 Seattle— The UW School of Nursing announced that Teresa Ward, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., has been named chair of the newly created Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing department. The school created the new department as a result of a re-envisioning process it recently completed. Based on recommendations that arose from the re-envisioning process, the school is going from three departments to two.

“Teresa has been an outstanding faculty member, researcher, and strong leader and mentor. She will be a tremendous asset to this new department, stated Azita Emami, Ph.D., M.S.N., R.N.T., R.N., F.A.A.N, executive dean and the Robert G. and Jean A. Reid Endowed Dean, of the UW School of Nursing.  Emami added, “The purpose of the departmental structure change is to encourage greater collaboration and integration across the school and to support the goals laid out in our five-year roadmap.”

Ward stated, “I’m honored by the trust that my colleagues place in me and look forward to leading and continuing to build the School of Nursing’s community.”

Ward has been serving as an interim chair during the re-envisioning process. Her clinical and research background is in behavioral sleep problems in children and adolescents, and their families. Ward’s research findings and presentations influenced Seattle policy makers to change school start times for middle and high school students by one hour, positively impacting the sleep of 50,000 adolescents. And, school districts nationwide are considering similar actions. Ward’s work in sleep has influenced primary and specialty care practices nationally.

About the School of Nursing

Celebrating 100 years in nursing education and research, the University of Washington School of Nursing is consistently a top-ranked nursing school, according to U.S. News & World Report. Ranked No. 3 in research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the UW School of Nursing is a national and international leader in improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. The school addresses society’s most pressing challenges in health care through innovative teaching, award winning research and community service. For more information, visit www.nursing.uw.edu.


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