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Nancy Reynolds, HIV and Global Health Expert, Named Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Associate Dean


Nancy Reynolds, PhD, RN, C-NP, FAAN, joined the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) as associate dean of global affairs on September 1. Formerly the Independence Foundation Professor of Nursing at Yale University, Reynolds brings experience in nursing, health care, research, and education and will help advance JHSON’s global programs, research, and advocacy.

“Dr. Reynolds offers an outstanding wealth of knowledge and expertise, especially in the areas of HIV, vulnerable populations, mental health, and research,” says Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN, dean of JHSON. “We are excited for the innovation she will bring, her experience in furthering health equity across the world, and the leadership she will provide in broadening our global reach in health and sustainability.”

Throughout her career, Reynolds has served in a variety of leadership roles and as a scholar and educator at Yale and Ohio State Universities. Her research focuses on the complexities of self-care behavior and treatment engagement and medication adherence among people living with chronic illnesses. She has received support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the United States Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of Health and Education, and other organizations.

Through numerous interdisciplinary trials, she has tested interventions that use low-cost cellphone technology to bring health care services to vulnerable populations affected by HIV. Most recently, she led NIH-sponsored studies in India, Ghana, and the United States to enhance treatment adherence and health outcomes of vulnerable HIV-positive women and children. 

Reynolds is an NIH consultant and a standing member of an NIH Scientific Review Group, BSCH. She has served as a trustee and member of the Yale-China Association, a member of the Yale Global Health Initiative Advisory Committee and the Downs International Fellowship Committee, as interim director of the school’s global initiatives, and as a mentor to nurse and physician fellows in India, Ghana, Thailand, UK, Uganda, Russia, and China.  

“To be able to join and help direct the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing’s global initiatives is an exciting and humbling opportunity,” says Reynolds. “It will be a privilege to build on the existing framework while bringing an eager and energetic passion to the already well respected and recognized program.”

At JHSON, Reynolds will take a leading role in the school’s Center for Global Initiatives, which focuses on cross-discipline approaches to addressing social, economic, and political factors affecting global health systems. She will explore partnership opportunities and broaden engagement in global health research and scholarship addressing health inequities. 


Located in Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is a globally-recognized leader in nursing education, research and practice and ranks No. 2 nationally among graduate schools of nursing and No. 2 for DNP programs in the U.S. News & World Report 2018 rankings. In addition, the school is ranked by QS World University as the No. 2 nursing school in the world and is No.1 by College Choice for its master’s program. The school is No. 1 among nursing schools for total Federal Research Grants and National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. For more information, visit www.nursing.jhu.edu.

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