School of Nursing names vice dean for research
Jing Wang, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.N., RN, FAAN, has joined the UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing as vice dean for research.
Dr. Wang, a professor and the holder of the Hugh Roy Cullen Professorship in Nursing, will guide faculty and student research within the School of Nursing. She brings expertise on the use of health care technology in inter-professional research, education and collaborative practice, especially in aging, chronic illness management and primary care.
“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Wang to the School of Nursing and are looking forward to her establishing the Center on Smart and Connected Healthcare Technologies that will benefit the entire university,” said Eileen T. Breslin, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, dean of the School of Nursing.
The center has several missions that include:
– Initiating a living lab for South Texas seniors who are aging in their homes to address digital and health disparities, especially among Hispanic seniors;
– Building a collaborative with clinical partners and a practice-based network;
– Instituting an innovation lab in the School of Nursing for faculty and student think tanks, clinical training and testing; and
– Establishing a training and simulation center to support students, faculty and clinicians on telehealth, connected health and smart home concepts.
This new center has engaged the support of the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, Office of the Vice President for Research and the Office of the President.
Encouraging new research in School of Nursing
“I am very excited to join the School of Nursing and to have the opportunity to encourage fellow faculty members and students to build upon and expand their research programs,” Dr. Wang said. “I also am looking forward to bringing my passion for health care technology to UT Health San Antonio. Over the next few years, I plan to work with colleagues in the schools of Nursing, Medicine, Dentistry, Biomedical Sciences and other health professions to develop new ways to use technology to improve the lives of patients, such as those with type 2 diabetes and obesity, as these conditions can cause so many other health problems.”
In her previous position at UTHealth Houston, Dr. Wang held the John P. McGovern Distinguished Professorship in Nursing and directed the Center of Excellence in Mobile and Connected Health in the UTHealth Consortium on Aging. She will continue as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Biomedical Informatics at UTHealth Houston.
Dr. Wang has more than 100 peer-reviewed journal publications and presentations at local, national and international scientific meetings.