Professor and Chair
The University of Texas Health Center, San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Dr. Canty-Mitchell held academic and clinical positions that included experiences in psychiatric/mental health nursing, public health nursing supervision and administration, program development, project management, university-community partnerships, teaching, and research. Her 20 plus years in academia has included teaching, research, and service experiences in five universities in Florida, Indiana, North Carolina, and Texas. She has held leadership positions as course and clinical coordinator for BSN and MSN courses in community health nursing, associate dean for research and community partnerships, associate director for research and sponsored programs, and department chair. She has been principal investigator, project director, and/or coordinator for multiple grants funded by federal and state agencies, foundations, and educational institutions. Between 2008 and 2012, Dr. Canty-Mitchell served as the Project Director of a Nursing and Health Academy, funded by the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation, designed to encourage middle and high school students from minority and underserved backgrounds for careers in nursing and the health sciences. During the time she directed the project, she implemented interprofessional youth health summits for middle school youth from 22 schools in eight rural counties in southeast North Carolina, serving 1300 plus youth. Her research and scholarly activities have focused on children's quality of life and mental health, adolescent risky behaviors, health disparities, and environmental stressors on children's health and well-being. Dr. Canty-Mitchell has presented more than 70 posters or podium speeches at local, regional, national, and international conferences and has 25 print publications in peer-reviewed journals or books. In November 2009, she was selected as the University of Miami School of Nursing Alumni of the Year. Nationally, she was appointed a charter member and nurse consultant on the Children and Family Study Section, Center for Scientific Review from 2004 to 2008. In 2010, she was invited to become a member of the National Institutes of Health, Center for Scientific Review, College of CSR Reviewers and a reviewer for the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities Special Emphasis Panel. Dr. Canty-Mitchell was selected as one of 50 women nationally to participate in the 2012 Leadership America. In her current position, as Chair of the Department of Family and Community Health Systems, she provides leadership in the overall development, facilitation, and coordination of activities to promote research and scholarship, community partnerships, clinical practice, and grants development/management. She directs a large department with 70 faculty and staff, with a 2014-2015 budget of $5.1 million from state appropriations, grants, and endowments. Her lifetime mission is to advance leadership in nursing and higher education with the goal of promoting health and quality of life for individuals, families, and communities. The highlight of her nursing career was her selection as a 2013 Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. To advance her goals of developing care leaders globally, she became a certified John Maxwell leadership trainer, coach, and speaker in August 2015.