Carol Dawson-Rose, PhD, RN, FAAN | Dean, School of Nursing

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Carol Dawson-Rose, PhD, RN, FAAN is Dean of the School of Nursing and Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing Affairs.


Carol Dawson-Rose

Carol Dawson-Rose, PhD, RN, FAAN, is dean of the UCSF School of Nursing and associate vice chancellor for Nursing Affairs. She brings more than 35 years of academic, administrative, and research experience to this leadership role, as well as a passion for advancing research, education, and diversity. As dean, Dr. Dawson-Rose is steering a significant transformation in the school’s educational programs as it expands its Doctor of Nursing Practice program, enabling UCSF to fully train and support the nurse leaders of the future.

Prior to her appointment as dean, she was chair of the Department of Community Health Systems in the School of Nursing. In addition, she holds the James P. and Marjorie A. Livingston Chair in Nursing Excellence.

An early innovator in international patient-centered HIV/AIDS prevention and care, Dr. Dawson-Rose’s research responds to the patient experience by engaging people living with HIV in developing and testing interventions in HIV care settings in both U.S. and international contexts. She led an HIV/AIDS prevention program in Mozambique for 10 years, adapting Positive Health, Dignity, and Prevention interventions and collaborating on a locally led national implementation program.

As co-director of the Next Generation Nurse Scientists Ending the HIV Epidemic T32 program, she is also applying her knowledge of community-based interventions to train a diverse cadre of nurse scientists with the research skills needed to lead efforts to end the HIV epidemic.

A first-generation college graduate, she received her nursing diploma from Mount Carmel School of Nursing in Ohio and went on to receive her BSN, MS, and PhD degrees from UCSF.