I am delighted to announce the¬†appointment of Deborah Watkins Bruner, RN, PhD, FAAN, as the university¬Ņs senior vice president for research, effective October 1.

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September 20, 2018

Dear members of the Emory community:

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Deborah Watkins Bruner, RN, PhD, FAAN, as the university’s senior vice president for research, effective October 1. In this new executive position, Dr. Bruner will report directly to me and will serve on the President’s Leadership Team.

Dr. Bruner is well-known to the Emory community. An internationally renowned researcher and clinical trials expert with a focus on patient-reported outcomes, she is the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Nursing at Emory, with an additional faculty appointment in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Emory’s School of Medicine. In addition, she serves as the assistant dean for faculty mentoring at Emory’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and serves as associate director of faculty mentorship, training, and education at Emory’s Winship Cancer Institute.

As senior vice president for research, Dr. Bruner will partner with other research leaders across Emory to identify and facilitate interdisciplinary research, including encouraging opportunities for collaboration through academic activities that break down institutional and cultural barriers and that reach across schools, colleges, centers and institutes. Two key aims of her office will be to develop best practices for education, training, and guidance promoting the responsible conduct of research and to ensure compliance in all areas of research administration across Emory.

Dr. Bruner’s new role is essential to helping Emory achieve its academic mission. The full announcement is posted in the Emory News Center. I have every confidence that she will help us continue to achieve new heights in our discovery and innovation efforts and that, with her energy and expertise, we will forge a new sense of interdisciplinary collaboration in our work. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Bruner as we look forward to the many contributions that she will make in years to come.


Claire E. Sterk

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