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UCLA Researcher Named New NHS Dean

Posted Jun 21 2011 1:17pm
Martin Y. Iguchi

Martin Y. Iguchi, Ph.D., will become the new dean of the School of Nursing & Health Studies on July 1, 2011.

Martin Y. Iguchi, Ph.D., chair of the School of Public Health’s community health sciences department at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), will become the new dean of Georgetown’s School of Nursing & Health Studies on July 1.

President John J. DeGioia appointed Iguchi in close consultation with Howard J. Federoff, M.D., Ph.D. , executive vice president for health sciences.
Iguchi is also on the faculty at UCLA’s Brain Research Institute and co-directs the Barriers to Care Program Area at the UCLA AIDS Institute.

Well-Respected Leader

“Martin is a well-respected leader in public and community health and has conducted extensive research on the intersections of drug addiction, drug policy, health disparities and HIV transmission,” DeGioia said. “He is an innovative educator has extensive expertise in developing and directing community-based drug abuse treatment and prevention programs.”

DeGioia also said he is “deeply grateful” to Julie DeLoia, Ph.D. , interim dean, for “her outstanding service and leadership to the School of Nursing & Health Studies.”

“Martin will bring together all the communities that define the School of Nursing & Health Studies to create a robust, scholarly enterprise,” added Federoff.

Iguchi is a former director of the RAND Corporation’s Drug Policy Research Center. He is widely published and has held editorial roles with a number of scholarly journals, including senior editor for Addiction and member of the editorial boards for Drug and Alcohol Dependence and the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis.

Pressing Issues

“I am honored to be joining the School of Nursing & Health Studies,” Iguchi said. “I will continue to ensure that NHS students play a part in providing answers to some of the most pressing issues of our time, whether it be as innovative leaders in nursing or as pioneers in addressing issues of health disparities, global health or health reform and the evolving role of the nursing workforce.”

“I am certain that NHS students, who uniquely embody the Jesuit tradition of service to others, will pass on their values to new generations of health care leaders who understand the importance of social justice,” he added. “I thank the Georgetown community for inviting me to join this prestigious institution, and look forward to the challenges ahead.”

The recipient of a master’s degree and Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Boston University, Iguchi is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and a former elected member of its board of professional affairs.

He also serves as a member of the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Center Grant Research Review Committee (NIDA) and co-chair of NIDA’s Asian and Pacific Islander Workgroup.

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