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Victoria Vaughan Dickson Named Dean of UConn School of Nursing

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Victoria Vaughan Dickson, PhD, RN, FAHA, FHFSA, FAAN as the next Dean of the School of Nursing. She will begin this new role on August 1, 2023.

Dr. Dickson was selected from an exceptionally talented pool of applicants. She joins UConn from New York University, where she is the John W. Rowe Professor in Successful Aging and currently serves as the Assistant Dean for Research Innovation, Director of the Pless Center for Nursing Research.

Dr. Dickson’s research focuses on investigating the bio-behavioral influences on self-care in patients with cardiovascular disease risk, coronary heart disease, heart failure, and multiple comorbidities. Her work has led to an improved understanding of the sociocultural influences of self-care among community dwelling individuals and families and the development of innovative theory-based interventions. Dr. Dickson is recognized as an international expert in qualitative research techniques, mixed methods research, and has conducted training for interdisciplinary teams locally, nationally, and internationally. She has received numerous awards for her research and leadership including the STTI Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, HFSA Nursing Research Leadership award, and ENRS Leadership Award. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, American Heart Association, Heart Failure Society of America and the New York Academy of Medicine. Dr. Dickson is also the editor of the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.

Dr. Dickson earned her BSN from Temple University and her MSN and PhD from University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She has extensive clinical and research experience and currently holds clinical appointments at NYU Langone Health and Bellevue Hospital as an advanced practice nurse.

Dr. Dickson is dedicated to building research capacity across disciplines and advancing nursing science that impacts policy and clinical care. She is PI of the NHLBI- funded R25 Research Education in Cardiovascular Conditions program focused on undergraduate nursing students; site PI and program director of the NIOSH-funded T42 doctoral training program in occupational and environmental health nursing, co-PI of the NINR-funded NYU Meyers P20 Exploratory Center for Precision Health in Diverse Populations and KL2 co-director and co-investigator of the NCATS-funded NYU CTSI. In addition, Dr. Dickson is a co-investigator on numerous team science initiatives focused on cardiovascular disease and multiple chronic conditions.

Dr. Dickson has demonstrated a deep understanding of our School of Nursing’s needs and will bring the necessary leadership and vision to continue the school’s extraordinary achievements across teaching, research and engagement. She is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for the School and will facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations across the University.

I want to express my gratitude to the search committee, chaired by Jason Irizarry, as well as the faculty, staff and students of the School of Nursing for your active participation in this process. Your input was vital to the evaluation of candidates.

Finally, I would like to thank Dean Deborah Chyun for her outstanding leadership of the School of Nursing over the last several years, and for her service to the greater University.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Dickson to this role, to the School of Nursing, and to the UConn Community.


Anne D’Alleva, PhD
Provost and Executive Vice President
University of Connecticut
Office of the Provost
352 Mansfield Road, U-1086
Storrs CT 06269-1086
Tel. 860-486-4037

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