Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob, PhD, RN

  • Dean, School of Nursing
  • Distinguished Service Professor of Nursing
  • Professor of Psychology, of Epidemiology, and of Occupational Therapy
  • University of Pittsburgh

Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob, PhD, RN, is dean of nursing and Distinguished Service Professor of Nursing, as well as professor of psychology, of epidemiology, and of occupational therapy at the University of Pittsburgh. She has been the dean of the School of Nursing since 2001.

Dr. Dunbar-Jacob received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Florida State University, her Master of Science in psychiatric nursing with a post-master certificate in child psychiatric nursing at the University of California San Francisco, and her PhD in counseling psychology, focusing on health psychology, at Stanford University. She is both a registered nurse and a licensed psychologist.

Dr. Dunbar-Jacob has been involved in the study of patient adherence to treatment in individual studies and multicenter trials, addressing a variety of patient populations, including rheumatological conditions, cardiovascular risk factors, and diabetes. She has received funding from seven of the institutes in the NIH, and she has experience in the behavioral science aspects of clinical trial management, including the Lipid Research Clinics Program, the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial, and the Women’s Health Initiative.

Dr. Dunbar-Jacob has been a member of Pitt’s faculty since 1984. She has worked as a staff nurse, unit manager, and nursing director and has taught nursing at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Her teaching is primarily at the doctoral level, and she serves as an advisor to a number of doctoral students.

Dr. Dunbar-Jacob’s work has been recognized with the University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award, Pennsylvania Nightingale Award for research, the Pathfinders Award for research by the Friends of the NINR, and induction into the Sigma Theta Tau International Inaugural Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.