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Joan Wasserman


Associate Dean for Research

Uniformed Services University

District Of Columbia

Dr. Joan Wasserman is the Associate Dean for Research at the Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing (GSN), Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Dr. Wasserman’s nursing career spans 30 years with positions in programmatic and executive research administration, policy, and academia, with impact at the national level through leadership positions at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), and as the Associate Dean for Research at the only federal military Graduate School of Nursing. Her work has influenced state health care policy, strategic research direction at the federal level, and has contributed to research in patient reported outcomes for persons with hemophilia and those recovering from stroke and their caregivers.

While at the University of Texas- Houston, Dr. Wasserman’s health services research study provided data that was used by the Texas Department of Health to establish a managed care exemption for persons with hemophilia, allowing easier access to specialty care. As a co-investigator on an NIH/NINR R01 grant, Dr. Wasserman developed methods to measure burden, quality of life and economic impact of rehabilitation for stroke survivors and spousal caregivers. Her research has also influenced the development of standardized metrics for evaluating the impact of hemophilia on quality of life and economic burden.

During her federal service at NIH, Dr. Wasserman developed funding opportunities that influenced research priorities for nursing and health disparities research, and directed training workshops for junior investigators. At HRSA, she established funding priorities for graduate education nursing programs.

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