Dean and Professor
PhD University of Maryland
MSN Catholic University
BSN Cornell University Biography
Doreen C. Harper is Dean and Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing. Dr. Harper earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Cornell University, a master’s degree at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., with a focus on psychiatric-mental health nursing and nursing education. She pursued doctoral studies at the University of Maryland, earning a PhD in human development and gerontology in conjunction with pursuing postmaster’s courses to become a certified adult nurse practitioner. Dr. Harper joined UAB in 2005 after serving five years as dean of the Graduate School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Worcester (UMW).
Dr. Harper has taught all levels of nursing and medical education including: the University of Maryland School of Nursing, George Mason University College of Nursing and Health Science, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. In association with her interest in community-based partnerships, Dean Harper served as project director and national program coordinator for W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Community Partnerships in Graduate Medical/Nursing Education Initiative for six interdisciplinary academic/community partnerships in inner-city urban and rural areas throughout the country. A Fellow and current Board Member of the American Academy of Nursing, Dr. Harper is the recipient of numerous national and distinguished awards for her scholarly contributions in nursing and health workforce research. She sits on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Nurse Practitioners and is a founding Board Member of the Nurse Practitioner Health Foundation.
Dr. Harper’s scholarly work focuses on breaking new ground in joint academic/service partnerships for nursing workforce development, with a focus on improved patient care across clinical and community settings. A national leader in developing interdisciplinary collaborative partnerships, she is known for her expertise in nursing education, nurse practitioner education, policy and nursing and health professions workforce research and development. Throughout her career she has made an impact on improving patient care access through developing and promoting advanced nursing and nurse practitioner roles. At UAB, Dr. Harper provides leadership in academic nursing across the School’s education, research and service missions. She is also the Director of the School of Nursing’s World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for International Nursing, one of twelve Centres in the U.S. that focuses on building nursing capacity though nursing education to improve the care for children and families through global outreach, with an emphasis on Africa, Central and Latin America.
VA Nursing Academy, Birmingham, Alabama. Enhancing Academic Partnerships. VA Nurse Scholar Program, $2,169,448. July 2009 through June 2012.
Hillcrest Foundation, Birmingham, Alabama. Accelerated Masters Entry into Nursing Scholarships, $300,000. July, 2007 through June 2009.
Principal Investigator. UAB Health System, University of Alabama at Birmingham. Graduate Entry Pathway Masters Program. Funded, Spring 2007, $1,000,000.
Principal Investigator. Worcester Nursing Pipeline Consortium. Fairlawn Foundation. Funded, July, 2005, 10,000.
Principal Investigator. Worcester Nursing Pipeline Consortium. Fairlawn Foundation. Funded, November, 2004, $40,000.
Strategic Investment, Development of the Graduate Entry Pathway in the Existing Masters Program from Commonwealth Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Funded, October, 2003, to June, 2007, $1,036,688.
Faculty Development Partnership, UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester Massachusetts, August, 2004 to June, 2008, $500,000.
Principal Investigator. Balfour Foundation, Nursing Summer Enrichment Program, Funded May, 2003 to May 2004, $30,000.
Principal Investigator. Worcester Nursing Pipeline Consortium. Fairlawn Foundation. Funded July, 2001 to June, 2003. $160,000.
Principal Investigator. Graduate Nursing Education Policy Planning. W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Funded July, 2000 to December, 2001. $26,351.
Co-principal Investigator. The UMass Nursing Schools Five Campus Graduate Nursing Education Consortium. Office of the President, University of Massachusetts System, Boston, Massachusetts, September, 2000 to June, 2001. $150,000.
Subcontract PO42997. International Center for Health Leadership Development, University of Illinois at Chicago. Funded August 1998 to June 2000. $181,000.
Principal Investigator. Graduate Nursing Education Tracking System. W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Funded July, 1998 to June, 1999. $181,242.
Principal Investigator. Nurse Practitioner Workforce Policy Project: Phase II. W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Funded October, 1996 to November, 1997. $87,282.
Co-principal Investigator with Denice Cora-Bramble, MD. "Community Partnerships for Graduate Medical and Nursing Education." W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Funded April 1, 1996 to March 30, 2000. $2.6 million.
Harrison, L., Montenegro, G., Malvarey, S., Astudillo, M., Behn, V., Bertolozzi, M., Chisea, A., Espinosa, M., Tuzimari, E., Harper, D., Orellana, A., Saenz, K., Sigand, C., Ramallo-Yerrisimo, M. (2008). The Network for Child Health. Pediatric Nursing, 34(2), 113-116, 138.
Howland, L., Sullivan Bolyai, S. Bova, C. Klar, R., Harper, D., Schilling, L. (2008). The Research Advisory Committee: developing a research dynamic environment. Journal of Professional Nursing. 24 (4), 241-245.
Johnson, J., Harper, D., Hansen, C., Dawson, E. (2007). Forging a quality healthcare agenda for ARNP’s. American Journal for Nurse Practitioners. 11(10), 10-19.
Harper, D.C. (2006). Educating Nurses to Improve Quality Care. Worcester Medicine. 70 (3), 10-13.
Ayers, L., Beyea, S., Godfrey, M., Harper, D., Nelson, E., Bataldon, P. (2005). Quality Improvement Learning Collaboratives. Quality Management in Health Care. Fall, 14:4.
Sullivan-Bolyai, S., Bova, C., & Harper, D. (2005). Developing and Refining Interventions in Persons with Health Disparities: The Use of Qualitative Description, Nursing Outlook. 53(3), 127-133.
Thies, K. & Harper, D.C. (2004). A Policy Agenda for Medicare Funding for Nursing Education. Nursing Outlook, 52(6), 297-303.
Phillips, R., Harper, D.C., Wakefield, M., Green, L., Frey, E. (2002). Can Nurse Practitioners and Physicians Beat Parochialism Into Plowshares? Health Affairs. 21(5), 133-142
Neiderhausser, V., Bigley, M.B., Hale, J., Harper, D. (1999). Cybercases: An innovation in internet education. Journal of Nursing Education. 38(9), 415-8.
Harper, D.C., Johnson, J. (1998) The New Generation of Nurse Practitioners: Is more enough? Health Affairs, 17(5), 158-164.
Association for Prevention Teaching and Research Conference (February 12, 2009). Population Health at the Tipping Point: Value-Driven Transformations. Transformations in Systems: Finance and Policy to Support the Team-based Practice of Prevention. Harper, D.C. Panel Presentation. Los Angeles, California
American Association of Colleges of Nursing Research Leadership Network (Thursday, January 21, 2009). International Collaboration and Research: Educational, Ethical, and Technical Issues. Harper, D.C. Panel Presentation. San Diego, California
American Association of Colleges of Nursing Faculty Practice Conference (February 20-21, 2008). Faculty Practice: Today’s Challenges, Tomorrow’s Possibilities. Making it Work: Integrating Practice into the Faculty Role. Harper, D.C. Panel Presentation. Newport Beach, California
The Future Health Care Workforce for Older Americans Conference (April, 2008). Alabama Nursing Workforce for Aging/Chronic Disease Management. Harper, D.C. UAB Highlands, Birmingham, Alabama.
Workforce Conference, Alabama Center for Nursing of the Alabama Board of Nursing (October 2007). The Nursing Shortage: Community Driven Solutions. Harper, D.C. Alabama Center for Nursing. Auburn, Alabama.
Central Alabama Nurse Practitioner Association Spring Seminar (April 2007). Focus on Quality Care: The Practice Doctorate in Nursing (DNP). Harper, D.C., Birmingham, Alabama.
World Health Organization Nursing Seminar (December, 2006). Harper, D.C. Invited Speaker. Partnerships for Research Development. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile.
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty, 29th Annual Conference (April, 2004). The Clinical Nursing Doctorate and Academic Resources. Harper, D.C. Panel Presentation. San Diego, CA.
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty, 28th Annual Conference. (April, 2003): NPs as Leaders. Harper, D.C. Panel Presentation. Philadelphia, PA.
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty, 28th Annual Conference. (April, 2003). Academic Partnership for Correctional Health Care. Harper, D.C. & Hale, J.F. Peer reviewed Paper. Philadelphia, PA.
2003 American College of Nurse Practitioner Summit. (February, 2003). Lessons Learned from Prominent Nurse Practitioner Leaders. Harper, D.C. Panel Presentation .Washington, DC.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing Annual Meeting. (March, 2003). Findings from 2002 AACN/NONPF NP Curriculum Survey. Washington, D.C.
Nurse Practitioner Associates for Continuing Education. (November, 2002). Trends in Nurse Practitioner Education, Harper, D.C. Keynote Address. Boston, MA.
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Annual Meeting (April, 2002). Nurse Practitioner Education at a Crossroads. Harper, D.C. Invited Speaker. Minneapolis, MN.
Case Western Reserve School of Nursing. (May, 2002). Partnerships in Caring and Community. Harper, D.C. Invited Speaker. Cleveland, Ohio.
Health Resources Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (September, 2001). National Advisory Committee, Community-based interdisciplinary linkages. Harper, D.C. Invited Speaker. Rockville, MD.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (May, 2001). Multidisciplinary health care workforce data workshop. Harper, D.C. Invited Speaker. Health Policy Institute, Washington, D.C.
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Annual Meeting. (April, 2001). Preliminary Findings of the Masters-level Nurse Practitioner Curriculum Survey. Harper, D.C. Invited Speaker. San Antonio, TX.
Case Western Reserve School of Nursing. (November, 2000). Service learning in community-based graduate nursing education. Harper, D.C. Invited Speaker. Cleveland, OH.
Medical College of Wisconsin. (October, 1999). Multidisciplinary health care workforce data workshop. Harper, D.C. Invited Speaker Health Policy Institute. Washington, D.C.
Capitol Hill Health Policy Roundtable. George Mason University Center for Health Policy and Ethics. (June, 1999). Health professions education in underserved communities: Supporting partnerships through public policy. Harper, D.C. Invited Speaker. Hart Senate Office Building Room 902, Washington, D.C.
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Annual Meeting. (April, 1999). Community partnerships for graduate medical and nursing education. Harper, D.C. Invited Speaker. San Francisco, CA.
1999 Symposium for Innovations in Health Professions Graduate Education. (April, 1999). Community partnerships for graduate medical and nursing education. Harper, D.C. Keynote Speaker. Michigan Public Health Institute, Lansing, Michigan.
Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions. (April, 1999). Community partnerships for graduate medical and nursing education. National Primary Care Public Policy Fellowship Meeting. Harper, D.C. Invited Panel Presentation. Silver Spring, Maryland.
Partnerships for Quality Education, National Project Meeting. (February, 1999). Interdisciplinary health professions team education. Harper, D.C. Invited Paper. New York, New York.
International Center for Health Leadership Development. (September, 1999). Developing a Policy Agenda for the Community Partnerships in Graduate Medical and Nursing Education Initiative. Harper, D.C. Invited presenter. Washington, D.C.
International Center for Health Leadership Development (February, 1999). Coalition Building, Harper, D.C. Keynote Speaker. Clearwater, Florida.