Beth Barnett

Jan. 26, 2009

New College of Nursing associate dean receives federal funding

Nursing administrator to study disparities and cancer risk among minorities

CHARLESTON-- Jeanette Andrews, PhD, has been named associate dean for research and evaluation at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Nursing to provide leadership in managing all aspects of research grants, from idea formulation, through scientific review, grant submission and post-award activities. Associate professor Andrews also serves as the director of the MUSC College of Nursing’s Center for Community Health Partnerships, a mission that engages and mobilizes academic and community partnerships that promote health and reduce the risks of chronic illnesses.

In addition to becoming associate dean, Andrews was recently approved for funding by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health for her research that focuses on health disparities in community settings, with an emphasis on cancer risk reduction interventions among minorities.

"Dr. Andrews is a driving force for both research and community outreach here in the college," said Gail Stuart, PhD, dean of the College of Nursing. "She brings with her an impressive skill set of organizational abilities and collaborations that will move the college forward in new and exiting directions."

Prior to joining the Medical University of South Carolina in January 2008, Andrews was department chair for research scientists, and chair of the Health Disparities Advisory Board at the Medical College of Georgia. Andrews is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner. The associate dean position was previously held by Elaine Amella, PhD, who left the position in order to more actively focus on her research dedicated to end-of-life care. She remains at the College of Nursing as a tenured associate professor.

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