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Lorraine  Frazier

Lorraine Frazier, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA

John P. McGovern Distinguished Professor and Dean
Huffington Foundation Chair for Nursing Education Leadership
Dean's Office

Before her Feb. 1, 2015 start as dean of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Nursing, Dr. Frazier had served as professor and dean of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Nursing since October 2011. Before moving to Arkansas, she was assistant dean and chair of the Department of Nursing Systems at UT Health School of Nursing.

Regarded as one of the nation’s biobanking experts, Frazier was selected for the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellows program in 2009. The three-year fellowship allowed her to further develop and strengthen leadership skills and advance research through the sharing of blood and tissue samples and related clinical data. She also completed the American Heart Association’s Fellowship in Epidemiology and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in 2004 and attended the NINR Inaugural Summer Genetics Institute at the National Institutes of Health in 2000. While publishing widely, she has won several research, education and leadership awards during her career.

Her NIH-funded R01 project, “Depressive Symptoms and Genetic Influences on Cardiac Outcomes,” focuses on the interactions of behavior and genetics on patients who are diagnosed with acute coronary syndrome.

Frazier first joined UTHealth School of Nursing as a research assistant in 1997 and was appointed an associate professor in 2002 before being named the Nancy B. Willerson Distinguished Professor in Nursing in 2008.

She earned her PhD in Nursing in 2000 from UTHealth, where she also completed a Master of Science in Clinical Research in 2005 and a Master of Science in Nursing in 1998. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma in 1993.

Frazier is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) and a fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA). She also is a graduate of the Finance and Accounting for the Non-Financial Manager Wharton Executive Education program (2011) and the AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program (2012).

Her accomplishments include a program of funded research, academic leadership and more than 35 years of nursing experience.

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