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Release: Immediate

Buckwalter named UI associate provost for health sciences

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Kathleen Coen Buckwalter, University of Iowa Foundation Distinguished Professor of Nursing, has been named UI associate provost for health sciences, a new position reporting to the UI provost.

Buckwalter will coordinate a broad range of activities associated with academic programs in the UI colleges of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy. She will also advise the provost on matters related to the delivery of health care services and will be the provost's liaison to the Health Sciences Policy Council, which is composed of the deans of the health science colleges, and the directors of the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the UI Hygienic Laboratory. Her appointment is for a three year term, beginning Aug. 25, and is renewable for one term.

"Professor Buckwalter's significant success as a researcher and teacher in interdisciplinary activity make her ideally suited to serve as associate provost for health sciences," said UI Provost Jon Whitmore.

The position of associate provost for health sciences was created earlier this year as part of a university decision to eliminate the post of vice president for health sciences, which was vacated when Henri R. Manasse Jr. resigned to take a position with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists in July of 1996.

Buckwalter is recognized internationally for her research in psychiatric nursing, aging and long-term care. In addition to her primary academic appointment as professor of nursing, she is director of the UI Center on Aging and has a secondary appointment as professor of psychiatry in the College of Medicine.

Buckwalter also serves as a consultant to the Abbe Center for Community Mental Health in Cedar Rapids. With the elderly care specialists at the Abbe Center, she developed a number of educational programs that focus on problems such as depression, sense of powerlessness, Alzheimer's-related dementia, and aggression. The training program has been used by more than 2,000 nursing home workers at nearly 100 sites across Iowa and rural Virginia. In 1995, that project won the Best Practice Award from the National Institute on Human Resources and Aging and the American Society on Aging.

Buckwalter joined the UI College of Nursing in 1977 as a research assistant. She became assistant professor in 1979, associate professor in 1983, and professor in 1989. She teaches graduate level courses, including the dissertation research seminar and geriatric mental health research.

She earned a bachelor's degree in nursing in 1971, and a master's degree in psychiatric and mental health nursing in 1976, both from the UI. She earned a doctorate in nursing from the University of Illinois at the Medical Center, Chicago, in 1980. From 1983-86, Buckwalter was involved in postdoctoral studies in geriatric mental health at the National Institute of Mental Health.

Buckwalter has served as a consultant to the Iowa Hospital Association and the Veterans Administration Medical Centers in Iowa City and Knoxville. She was a World Health Organization Visiting Professor at Catholic University, Leuven, Belgium, and a visiting professor at Duke University School of Nursing, Durham, N.C., in 1991.

Her research has been funded by several institutes within the National Institutes of Health, including the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute of Nursing Research and the National Institute of Mental Health. She has also received research support from the Veterans Administration, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Parke-Davis. She has written or co-authored six books, over 100 articles, and more than 70 book chapters.