Barbara Damron, College of Nursing Barbara Damron, College of Nursing

Damron Returns to College of Nursing

Her vast experience benefits UNM Health Sciences

Barbara Damron, PhD, RN, FAAN, former cabinet secretary of the New Mexico Higher Education Department, will be returning to The University of New Mexico College of Nursing as an associate professor at the end of February.

“I am thrilled to have Dr. Damron return to the College of Nursing,” said Christine E. Kasper, PhD, RN, dean of the College of Nursing. “Her expansive knowledge of health care policy, contributions at the national level, and tenure in state government will greatly benefit the UNM community and support our vision to elevate the College to the national stage.” 

Damron’s research has focused on cancer health disparities in Hispanic and Native American populations, communication patterns between health care professionals and patients and attitudes of underserved populations toward bio-specimen collection. Her recent scholarly work is focused on higher education outcomes and funding. She has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels and played a key role in the development and implementation of the College of Nursing’s Nursing and Health Policy doctoral program.

Damron has served on and chaired numerous national and state boards including Complete College America, the American Cancer Society, the Oncology Nursing Foundation and the CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center Board of Directors. She has also received more than 45 international, national and state awards. She is currently a Commissioner for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and for the Education Commission of the States.

Damron received her BSN from Union College in Lincoln, Neb. She received her MSN from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and completed a PhD in Educational Psychology, with a concentration in social/personality/developmental psychology applied to oncology, from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

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