Professor Judith S. Gordon, PhD, Appointed Executive Director of Research Initiatives in the College of Nursing

Mar 8, 2017

Judith S. Gordon, PhD, professor, joined the Community and Systems Health Science Division at the College of Nursing on March 1, 2017. She joined the University of Arizona in 2009 in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, where she served as Associate Head for Research from 2009-2016.

Dr. Gordon is world-renowned for her interventional research in tobacco cessation, tobacco prevention, multi-behavioral lifestyle change and alcohol prevention. Dr. Gordon specializes in interventions delivered in health care settings, and via eHealth and mHealth platforms. Dr. Gordon has been the Principal Investigator or co-investigator on more than 30 NIH-funded behavioral research projects totaling more than $45 million. She has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, books and mass-market guidebooks, and developed several eHealth and mHealth products.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Gordon to the College of Nursing.  Dr. Gordon’s research on multi-behavioral lifestyle interventions, tobacco cessation, and use of technology will add significant strength to these research emphasis areas at the College.” Terry A. badger, Ph.D., RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, Professor and Director Community and Systems Health Science Division, Director of DNP Program.

As Executive Director of Research Initiatives, Dr. Gordon will work with Dr. Usha Menon to expand the research enterprise in the College of Nursing. Dr. Gordon will provide guidance and support to faculty and students in obtaining research funding and conducting interventional studies. She will also continue to oversee her own research portfolio, which includes a recently-funded project from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health to develop a guided imagery-based intervention to delivered by the Arizona Smoker’s Helpline. Dr. Gordon will also engage in graduate and continuing education curriculum development.

“We are excited to have Dr. Gordon join our faculty. Her expertise in behavioral interventions aligns well with the College’s research foci. Dr. Gordon’s substantial experience in obtaining extramural funding and mentoring of faculty and students will be an asset to our growing research enterprise.” Usha Menon, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Professor; Associate Dean for Research & Global Advances.

Dr. Gordon has held leadership positions in the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. She has mentored numerous faculty, residents, fellows, and graduate students. Dr. Gordon received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oregon.

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