Dean and Professor School of Nursing and Health Studies
University of Missouri Kansas City
Kansas City, MO
Dean and Professor of the School of Nursing and Health Studies at the University of Missouri Kansas City. Dr. Cary is working with her team to expand the university footprint in nursing by supporting interprofessional educational initiaitives, a basic science lab in muscle biology, and a national Collaborative Center in Behavioral Research and Practice. In her recent past position as director of the School of Nursing at Loyola University New Orleans she expanded faculty positions and programs, providing new management structures, and supporting the establishment of the first DNP program in the state. She led the largest grant awarded to the University by HRSA, and among all Jesuit universities from Virginia to California along the coastal states, and supported the submission of the Louisiana Regional Action Coalition grant as a member of the core leadership team. She now serves on health care boards for nonprofit sectors to address social justice health care access. She was formally the Associate Dean at the School of Nursing where she directed distance-learning programs for the School of Public health and Health Sciences and the School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has been in the field of higher education for 25 years as a champion for public health nursing and interdisciplinary practice. Dr. Cary has authored over 80 publications in leadership, public health and nursing, case management, ethics and credentialing; grants for new programming to expand graduate education; and web-based professional development products. She provides consultation to higher education for curriculum development, credentialing, new program expansion, and grantsmanship, and is a visiting faculty member for courses in public health and leadership. She was awarded the Phi Kappa Phi Recognition award (2006), and the Outstanding Public Health Nurse Educator for Virginia and Great 100 Virginia Nurses (1999). She has also been a U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Primary Care Policy Fellow.