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Chair Eileen Breslin's Bio

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Eileen Breslin, PhD, RN, FAAN

Eileen Breslin, PhDDr. Breslin began her career as a registered nurse in the obstetrics and gynecology unit at Flagstaff Community Hospital. Before entering academia as an assistant professor at Northern Arizona University, she worked with Planned Parenthood throughout Arizona as a Clinic Director, Director of Client Services, and Ob-Gyn Nurse Practitioner.  Dr. Breslin rose through the ranks at Northern Arizona University becoming a full tenured professor and chair of the Department of Nursing from 1989 through 1998 before moving to the University of Massachusetts – Amherst to serve as dean of the School of Nursing. While at UMass, Dr. Breslin also held the position of interim dean for the School of Public Health & Health Sciences for 3 years, and joined the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio as Dean of the School of Nursing in April, 2008. Dr. Breslin holds an appointment as Adjunct Professor in Public Healthat the San Antonio Regional Campus of the University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston.

Dr. Breslin, whose personal career interests include women’s health and public health nursing, led a number of major initiatives during her nine years as dean at UMass. She instituted a doctoral degree in nursing practice, a clinical nurse leader program and a dual master of science and master of public health program ? all firsts in the state of Massachusetts.

Dr. Breslin received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1977 from Northern Arizona University.  In 1978, she received her women’s health care practitioner certification from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.  She earned her master’s degree in maternal-newborn nursing in 1983 from the University of Arizona, and her Ph.D. in nursing in 1992 from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado.  She has served as president of the Primary Care Fellowship Society. 

Among her professional activities, Dr. Breslin is a fellow of the American Academy of Nurse (FAAN) and of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP).  Among many recognitions and awards, Dr. Breslin has been recognized as a Distinguished Practitioner in Nursing by the National Academies of Practice in 2000.

Dr. Breslin is co-editor of a book published in 2003 by the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric & Neonatal Nurses, Women’s Health Nursing ? Toward Evidence-Based Practice. She also has conducted research on a variety of topics including women’s reproductive issues, nursing clinical practice, violence as it is presented in nursing curricula, and drug addiction in the nursing profession.