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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University November 26, 2007 | Vol. 37 No. 12
Nursing Names Inaugural Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Professor

Deborah Gross

Deborah Gross, a nationally recognized expert in children's mental health, has been named the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Professor in Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing. Gross will hold a unique dual faculty appointment, building a collaborative program of research and training that bridges the School of Nursing and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the School of Medicine.

Gross' research has explored interventions to promote healthy relationships between parents and children 5 years old and younger, with an emphasis on family-based interventions for low-income people of color. These include recruitment and retention strategies, outcome measures and the development of more participant-centered methodologies.

Gross comes to Johns Hopkins from her position as associate dean for research and scholarship at Rush University College of Nursing, where she had been a faculty member since 1987 and served as chair of Women's and Children's Health since 2004.

When the Stulman Professorship was established by Leonard Stulman, a Baltimore philanthropist and Johns Hopkins alumnus, School of Nursing Dean Martha Hill predicted that "this endowment from the Stulman Foundation will play a pivotal role in preparing future generations of mental health nurses, physicians and others interested in research and patient care." Today she is confident, she said, that Gross will fulfill that original aspiration, noting that "Dr. Gross will bring to this role the collaborative approach that is so necessary to advancing mental health research and the education of those who lead the field in the future."


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