Jillian Inouye, PhD, APRN, BC

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Jillian Inouye
Associate Dean for Research and Professor
The Tony & Renee Marlon Angel Professorship
Schools of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Dr. Jillian Inouye, PhD, FAAN, was previously Associate  Dean for Research for the Schools of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences and the Tony and Renee Marlon Angel Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the University of Hawaii, School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene. Her nursing career includes positions as psychiatric nurse at George Washington University Hospital, nursing instructor at the University of Pittsburg and University of Maryland, psychiatric clinical nurse specialist at St. Francis Hospital, clinical psychologist in Honolulu, and professor, graduate chair, PhD director, and associate dean for research at the University of Hawai‘i School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene.

During the past 25 years, Inouye has focused her research on lifestyle behaviors, health disparities, chronic illness and self-management. Her research has made a significant impact on the health of vulnerable populations in Hawai‘i and across the nation. She has worked to advance knowledge in the field of ‘ohana self-management to improve health-related quality of life and reduce health disparities in ethnically diverse populations with chronic illnesses; increase faculty opportunities in biomedical and behavioral research; and study behavioral intervention for diabetes self-management among Asian/Pacific Islanders. Her recent studies and patent are on mHealth technology to enhance and assess diet and exercise in vulnerable and rural populations.

In Hawai‘i, she developed the UH School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene’s first online PhD program, assisted a hospital in obtaining Magnet Status, and with others established a research partnership with a large Medical Center.

Inouye was awarded federally funded grants as a principal investigator from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Institute for Nursing Research (NINR), Institute for Child Health Development (NICHD), Institute for General Medical Science (NIGMS), and Fogarty International Center (FIC) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and as co-investigator for the TriService Nursing Research Program of the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.

A former East-West Center grantee and Fogarty International fellow, Inouye was a founding member of the Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association (AAPINA) and currently serves on the advisory council of the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations (NCEMNA). She is a member of the National Advisory Committee of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Minority Fellowship Program. She successfully launched a new open access journal, Asian/Pacific Island Nursing Journal (APN) and serves as founding editor-in-chief. In 2014, Inouye was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research (NACNR) – one of only 14 nurses in the nation currently selected for this prestigious appointment. She was also inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2012.