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Gail Houck RN, PhD

Professor, Emerita
Board of Directors, Committee for Children

Gail M. Houck joined the Department of Family and Child Nursing as Professor and Chairperson in January 2014. She received her master’s degree from the University of Oregon and her bachelor’s and PhD degrees from the University of Washington. Prior to joining the faculty in the UW School of Nursing, she served as a professor and program director of the PhD and interdisciplinary graduate programs and of the post-master DNP program at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. She brings over 3 decades of experience in clinical practice as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner as well as teaching in graduate clinical and PhD programs. Much of her research has focused on parenting and child developmental, mental health, and social outcomes. Her clinical inquiry projects were focused on preventive and early mental health interventions in schools, and led to co-authoring Depression in Children and Adolescents: Guidelines for School Practice (2013).





  • BSN, University of Washington, 1974
  • MN, University of Oregon, 1977
  • PhD, University of Washington, 1983


What classes do you teach?

DNP and PhD core courses


What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?

Being part of the University of Washington and the faculty colleagues with whom I work.




Family and Child Nursing

Research Areas

  • Lifespan Health

Research Centers

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