Deborah Ward, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.

Deborah Ward, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.


Health Policy


  • Clinical Professor (retired)


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Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

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Research/Academic Interests

Deborah Ward is a retired clinical professor from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. As the first faculty member recruited to the school in September 2008, Ward is a passionate advocate for the encouragement and advancement of her students, as well as facilitating profound improvements in health and health care.

Ward recently served as interim dean from August 2018 through July 2019 as UC Davis leaders recruited the school’s second dean. She retired Aug. 2, 2019. Prior to this role, Ward served in a number of leadership positions including two years as chair of the Nursing Science and Health-Care Graduate Group and as associate dean for academics for the School of Nursing from 2009 to 2015. She played a critical role in the development of the school’s graduate degree programs, while she also worked diligently to connect the new school with the Davis campus as well as the larger communities it serves. In 2017, Chancellor Gary S. May appointed her as a representative of UC Davis Health on the steering committee of the university’s strategic planning effort, "To Boldly Go.”

Ward secured grant funding for a variety of research and educational projects and is widely published, both in the United States and overseas, including Health Affairs and Nursing Outlook. With an emphasis on cultural inclusion, her teaching ranges from health policy and leadership to interprofessional practice, in which she employs active- and discussion-based learning.


Dean's Team

Center/Program Affiliation

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing


Ph.D., Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, 1988

M.S., R.N., Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 1977

B.A., Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, 1968

Board Certifications

State of California, Registered Nurse License, 2009

Professional Memberships

Association of California Nursing Leaders

Fellow, American Academy of Nursing

Member, American Public Health Association

Western Institute of Nursing

Honors and Awards

UC Davis School of Medicine Dean's Award for Excellence In Education, 2011

Rheba de Tornyay Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, University of Washington School of Nursing, 2002

Distinguished Alumna Award, Yale University School of Nursing, 2002

Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, 2002

Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, University of Washington School of Nursing, 1997

Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Washington School of Nursing, 1991

Annie Goodrich Award for Excellence in Teaching, Yale University School of Nursing, 1982

Select Recent Publications

Miyamoto S, Henderson S, Young HM, Ward DH, Santillan V. (2012) Recruiting Rural Participants for a Telehealth Intervention on Diabetes Self-Management. The Journal of Rural Health. ** IN PRESS **

Yoo BK, Sasaki T, Ward D. (2012). Why a large dataset analysis is needed for nurse policy research. Kango Kanri (Japanese translation: Journal of Nursing Administration), 22(4): 333-7.

Miller L, Ward D, Young HM. (2010). Evidence-Based Practices in Nursing. Generations: Journal of the American Society of Aging, 34(1): 72-79.

Abbott PD, Schepp KG, Zierler BK, Ward D. (2010). The Use of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants in Washington and Oregon Emergency Departments A Descriptive Study of Current practice. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, 32(4): 1-8.

Wolber T, Ward D. (2010). Implementation of a diabetes nurse case management program in a primary care clinic: A process evaluation. Journal of Nursing and Healthcare of Chronic Illness, 122-134.

Cronenwett L, Sherwood G, Ward D, Warren J. (2009). Quality and Safety Education for Advanced Nursing Practice. Nursing Outlook, 57:338-348.

Ward D. (2007)Swiss Healthcare Services in 2032: an American nurse weighs in. (Border crossing – Themes on the Future of Health Professions’ Education). Grenzen aufheben – Thesen zur Zukunft der Ausbildung fuer Gesundsheitsberufe.

Bell JF, Zimmerman, FJ, Ward DH, Schroeder C. (2004). Jail incarceration and birth outcomes. Journal of Urban Health, 81(4): 630-644.

Bell, Janice F., Zimmerman, Frederick J., Ward, Deborah H. & Carole Schroeder, Jail incarceration and birth outcomes. Journal of Urban Health 2004. 81(4): 630-644.

Bell, Janice F., Zimmerman Frederick F., Ward, Deborah H., & Carole Schroeder, Perinatal health service use by women released from jail. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.2004. 15 (3):426-442.

Shotorbani, Solmaz, Zimmerman, Frederick J., Bell , Janice F.,Ward, Deborah, & Nassim Assefi. Attitudes and intentions of future health care providers toward abortion provision. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 2004. 36 (2) 58-63.

Ward, Debbie & Bobbie Berkowitz. Arching the Flood: How to bridge the gap between nursing schools and hospitals. Health Affairs 2002. 21 (5), 42-52.

Ward, Debbie, Wiley, Madeline, & Robert Smithing. (2000) Policies, Issues and Trends Affecting Practice. Invited chapter in Meredith & Horan, editors, Adult Primary Care. Philadelphia, PA: W.B.Saunders.

Schroeder, Carole, Trehearne, Barbara, & Debbie Ward. (2000) Expanded role nursing in ambulatory managed care, parts I, & II. Nursing Economic$ 18 (1), pp.14-19 and 18 (2), pp. 71-77.