Welcome Allison Webel, Associate Dean of Research

Dr. Allison Webel, PhD, RN, FAAN, will join the UW School of Nursing as the Associate Dean of Research on April 1, 2021.

“Dr. Webel’s extensive experience, enthusiasm for nursing, deep commitment to HIV research, especially for underserved communities, and her passion for using data to inform interventions and influence health policy to ensure everyone can live longer, healthier, and more meaningful lives, resonated with and impressed the search committee and school leadership,” said Executive Dean Azita Emami.

“Throughout my entire career, I have looked up to the UW School of Nursing as an international leader in nursing science,” said Dr. Webel. “Many of the groundbreaking findings in symptom science, chronic disease self-management, and clinical interventions have been discovered within this school. To join this talented and passionate faculty is a dream for me.”

Dr. Webel grew up in Ohio and earned a B.S. in Nursing and a B.A. in Sociology, both with distinction, from the Ohio State University, in 2004. She earned her MSN and PhD in Nursing from the University of California San Francisco in 2009, as well as a certificate in Advanced Training in Clinical Research from the UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatics.

Dr. Webel started her career as an HIV/AIDS educator in the San Francisco Bay area before returning to her home state and joining the faculty of Case Western in 2013, where she most recently served as Associate Professor.

“While the potential of science to improve the health of populations motivated my choice to become a nurse scientist, working alongside dedicated, distinguished, interdisciplinary scientists from around the globe is what continues to inspire the day-to-day work in my research lab,” said Dr. Webel. “We’ve spent the last 15 years singularly focused on generating knowledge to help people with HIV live and age well.”

A registered nurse and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, Dr. Webel is the Co-Chair of the International HIV/AIDS Nursing Research Network and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. She also served as Director of Continuing Education for eight years at the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. In addition to her HIV scholarship, Dr. Webel has also published extensively on the treatment gaps for rheumatic hearth disease in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr. Webel said she was impressed by the UW School of Nursing’s commitment to cultivating a generation of nurses, scientists, and leaders who will rise to the challenges of today. “This next generation will lead the way in improving equity and inclusion throughout all aspects of health science, education, scholarship, and service,” she added. “I look forward to working with the entire UW School of Nursing community to help achieve this important vision.”