Announced: Senior Associate Dean for Research

09/07/16  Portland, Ore.

OHSU School of Nursing is delighted to announce the appointment of Virginia Tilden, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N. as Senior Associate Dean for Research.

Virginia Tilden, Ph.D.As many of you know, Dr. Tilden has served as interim in this position since January 2015. We are truly fortunate to have her accept the full appointment in this vital position for the School. Under her past leadership at OHSU, where she served as Associate Dean for Research from 1991 to 2003, the School rose to number 8 in the country among schools of nursing with NIH research funding and to other national prominence as signified by multiple funded T32 and P20 programs. Dr. Tilden's own research, spanning 35 years of almost continuous funding from NIH and other sources, has informed care at the end-of-life, aging, and women's health. She received one the first two Pathfinder Awards from the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research for the influence of her research on health policy. She was recently featured in the "people on the move" section of the Portland Business Journal.

Dr. Tilden is author or co-author of over 106 peer-reviewed publications that have appeared in numerous journals, including the Journal of Interprofessional Care, Nursing Research, The New England Journal of Medicine, Academic Medicine, Journal of the American Geriatric Society, Annals of Internal Medicine, Journal of Palliative Medicine, The Gerontologist, and Research in Nursing and Health, among others. She has directed or co-directed multiple research programs, including as director of a 10-year T32 program, co-director of a P20 research center and consultant to P20 research centers at other universities, member of the National Advisory Council of a P30 research center, and she currently serves on the Advisory Council of OHSU's NIH Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) K12 program.

About the position going forward, Dr. Tilden says "I am honored to fill this role for the School. My vision for a robust research environment in the School is threefold: first, it must support and accelerate faculty and student investigators for success; second, it should advance the research reputation of the School both within the University and nationally; and finally, whether directly or indirectly, our research must improve the health of the public we serve."