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Mental Health Expert Appointed to IOM Committee


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Posted: 12/17/2009

Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) professor Deborah A. Gross, DNSc, RN, FAAN, has been appointed to a new Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Pediatric Health and Health Care Quality Measures.

According to the letter of invitation from IOM president Harvey V. Fineberg, Gross, the JHUSON Leonard and Helen Stulman Endowed Chair in Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing, and a member of the Department of Acute and Chronic Care will join other committee members to “provide guidance to Congress on the extent and quality of efforts to measure child health status.” The committee is charged with reviewing the quality of health care for children of all ages including preventative and corrective treatments for the physical, mental, and developmental conditions in children.

“I look forward to contributing my knowledge in the areas of early childhood and mental health,” Gross said. “My experience as a nurse will also provide a useful perspective.”

Gross , a recipient of the 2008 Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) President’s Award in recognition of outstanding research in psychiatric and mental health nursing research, has also been recognized by Sigma Theta Tau Gamma Phi Chapter for her mentoring work with pre- and post-doctoral students and junior faculty. With colleagues at Rush University, she developed the Chicago Parent Program, an innovative parenting program that has been shown to improve parenting behavior and reduce child behavior problems. This program is currently being used in a number of settings including Head Start centers in Chicago, New York City, and Baltimore.