Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN

Senior Associate Vice President, USF Health
Dean, College of Nursing

Dianne Morrison-Beedy is transforming healthcare and transforming lives by creating the nursing leaders of tomorrow and the research that improves health. Through her leadership, the College of Nursing is tackling major healthcare issues through extensive research, innovative educational models, and expanded community, national, and international partnerships.

Dr. Morrison-Beedy is Dean of the College of Nursing, Senior Associate Vice President of USF Health at the University of South Florida, and professor of Nursing and Public Health. She was also appointed as professor to the Florida/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center. Dr. Morrison-Beedy joins USF Health from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY, where she was Assistant Dean for Research in the School of Nursing and held the endowed chair in nursing science. She also served as co-director of the Clinical Core at the University of Rochester’s Developmental Center for AIDS Research, which seeks to raise the overall quality and quantity of HIV/AIDS research. Dr. Morrison-Beedy is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and of the National Academies of Practice. She is a certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and a registered nurse in both New York and Florida.

Known both as a scholar and a leader, Dr. Morrison-Beedy has received numerous awards for her research, including the Excellence in HIV Prevention Award from the Association for Nurses in AIDS Care, the Florida Nurses Association Nursing Research Award, and an Excellence in Research award from the Association of Women’s Health Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) for her excellence in clinical practice and continued innovation in the delivery of care for women and newborns. She has over 200 publications and has co-edited a book on intervention research titled Intervention Research: Designing, Conducting, Analyzing, and Funding. Dr. Morrison-Beedy has also served as a NIH reviewer for HIV/AIDS related grant proposals.

Dr. Morrison-Beedy’s body of research has focused on HIV/AIDS risk reduction, especially for vulnerable adolescent girls. As Principal or co-investigator, she has received more than $11 million in HIV/AIDS prevention research funding. In 2004, she launched the Health Improvement Project for Teens (HIP Teens) – a small-group HIV intervention program for girls ages 15 to 19 – after observing a lack of services specifically for that population. This randomized controlled trial was funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). The community-based research program worked with over 1000 adolescent girls from Rochester and surrounding towns to reduce girls’ HIV/AIDS risk and improve their knowledge, motivation and behavior skills. In recognition of her valuable contributions to nursing science in the area of HIV/AIDS intervention, she has been invited to submit a proposal that will enable her to extend her work into Latin America.

Dr. Morrison-Beedy’s leadership has brought unprecedented growth to the College of Nursing. In less than 2 years the college’s NIH ranking increased from 30th to 25th place. This is due in large part to her efforts towards the retention and recruitment of faculty with existing funding and the ability to acquire additional funding. In an era of significant nursing faculty shortages, Dr. Morrison-Beedy has been able to attract faculty from universities such as Virginia Commonwealth, Case Western, University of Toronto, and University of Florida. She has received national recognition for the college’s work in Military and Veteran’s health. In April 2012, Dr. Morrison-Beedy was invited to take part in the first lady’s Joining Forces summit. Joining Forces is a national initiative dedicated to providing service members with support and opportunities such as those projects originated at the College of Nursing.

In addition to her progress in research funding, Dr. Morrison-Beedy has also implemented several innovative educational programs that address the needs of the community and the students. Notably, after meeting with hospital administrators throughout the region, she recognized the need to re-engineer the college’s RN-to-BS program in order to ensure that area healthcare agencies can meet staffing needs for a professional, well-educated nursing workforce. The resulting program is the first of its kind in the nation and provides RNs not only a means to complete their bachelor’s degrees but also enables seamless transition to graduate school.

Dr. Morrison-Beedy received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Niagara University; her Master of Science Degree in Nursing-Women’s Health/Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner from the University of Buffalo; and her Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Rochester. She served as a faculty for Sigma Theta Tau International and Johnson & Johnson Maternal and Child Health Leadership Institute.