Deborah Gross is Inaugural Stulman Professor

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Deborah Gross, DNSc, RN, FAAN, a nationally recognized expert in children’s mental health, was installed as the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Professor in Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing on October 3, 2008.

“I will ensure that this gift is honored in ways that improve the lives of families affected by mental illness and of those at risk for developing mental illnesses in our community,” said Gross in her acceptance speech.

As the Stulman Professor, Gross will hold a unique dual faculty appointment, building a collaborative program of research and training that bridges the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the School of Medicine.

“Our best work is done in the context of cross-disciplinary collaborations,” said Gross. “Collaborative relationships involve people who share a common passion but have different knowledge.  I am awed by how much Hopkins people know, how genuinely open they are to sharing that knowledge, and their passion for making a difference.”

Gross (center) is congratulated by (from l to r) Kristina Johnson, Johns Hopkins University Provost; Martha Hill, Dean of the School of Nursing; Wally Pinkard, University Trustee and Chair of the School of Nursing National Advisory Council; Raymond DePaulo, Henry Phipps Professor and Director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the School of Medicine; William Brody, President of Johns Hopkins University; and Shale Stiller, trustee of the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Foundation.

The evening before the Stulman installation ceremony, Dr. Mary Jane England, President of the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) (r), presented Gross (l) with the 2008 FNINR President's Award.

Gross (l) visits with Dean Martha Hill (r) and Harriet Stulman (center), daughter of endowers Leonard and Helen R. Stulman.

At the FNINR ceremony, Gross (left) met Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, who was the keynote speaker for the event.

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