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Pamela Holsclaw Mitchell PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA

Professor Emerita
Department of Health Services, School of Public Health

My research and teaching focus on the interaction of clinical care systems and outcomes for acutely ill people, biobehavioral interventions for patients with acute and chronic cardio-cerebrovascular disease, and outcomes of interprofessional education. I continue to lead interdisciplinary research teams engaged in interventions to improve recovery from brain injury. Most recently I have enjoyed administrative leadership for the UW School of Nursing. I have been a staff nurse in intensive care and neuroscience units, a public health nurse and now a faculty member and nurse scientist in schools of Nursing and of Public Health.



  • BSN, University of Washington, 1962
  • MSN, UCSF, 1965
  • Ph.D., University of Washington, 1991

Awards and accolades

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN)
  • Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA)
  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses Distinguished Research Award (1984)
  • American Association of Neuroscience Nurses Award for Distinguished Contributions to Neuroscience Nursing (1992); also lifetime honorary membership (2002)
  • Western Institute of Nursing Jo Eleanor Elliott leadership award (2001); also distinguished research lecture award (2004)
  • Western Academy of Nursing (2007)
  • Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research Pathfinder Award (2007); Ada Sue Hinshaw Award (2011)
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Inaugural Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame (2010)
  • American Heart Association Katherine A. Lembright Award for Lifetime Achievement (2012)
  • Washington State Academy of Sciences – elected fellow (2014)
  • Washington State Nurses Association – Honorary Recognition Award (2013); Nurse Researcher Award (2017)

What classes do you currently teach?

I have taught research methods to both nursing and interdisciplinary doctoral students, and have led the honors seminar for undergraduate honors students (BSN program). I also provide guest lectures to both undergraduate and graduate students about health care in neurological disorders, and about healthcare workforce issues.

What do you love about the University of Washington School of Nursing?

I love the vibrancy and brilliance of our faculty and staff. Colleagues work together to improve the lives and the health of people locally and globally. This collaboration is energizing. I love our ability to work across the silos of profession, discipline, culture and strive toward a more equitable world.


Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics

Research Areas

  • Innovative Interventions
  • Symptom Science

Research Centers

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