Azita Emami is the Robert G. and Jean A. Reid Dean of Nursing and professor in biobehavioral nursing and health systems. Dean Emami is an internationally recognized scholar, a dynamic and forward-looking nursing educator and administrator, and a person with a deep commitment to nursing as a profession that will have a priority role in the future of healthcare nationally and globally.
Dr. Emami has conducted research and taught in countries around the world. Her research focus has been gerontology and the health of older adults, as well as transcultural nursing care. She has published more than 60 scientific articles in refereed international and national journals, three book chapters and two scientific reports. She serves on the editorial boards or as a reviewer at six peer-reviewed journals. She has participated in major international collaborations with institutions in the U.S., Great Britain, Australia and Iran, including creating and leading a joint doctoral program between institutions in Iran and Sweden.
Dr. Emami holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from the Karolinska Institutet, a master's degree in international health care from Karolinska and the Red Cross College of Nursing, a nursing education degree with a teaching certification, and a doctorate in medical sciences from Karolinska. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Emami speaks Farsi, Swedish, and English and is working on French.
Prior to joining the University of Washington School of Nursing in July 2013, Dr. Emami was dean and professor at Seattle University's College of Nursing. She came to Seattle from Sweden, where for seven years she was an endowed professor in elder care research, and senior lecturer at the renowned Karolinska Institutet (KI) in Stockholm. She held several administrative and research leadership positions at KI, including Head of the Division of Nursing in the Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society; Chair of the Divisions research and research education program; and principal investigator for transcultural and gerontological care research. Dr. Emami sees an urgent need for nursing to engage not just locally but also nationally and globally, in both the educational and research realms. She also sees a need for the profession to educate the next generation of nurses and nurse leaders for a world in which they will play a key role developing as well as implementing healthcare policy, while delivering increasingly sophisticated levels of care. As dean, she is focused on creating a student-centered learning environment that engages while it teaches, encouraging the faculty's professional and scholarly development, enhancing advanced practice nursing programs, and expanding opportunities for nurses to assume significant healthcare policymaking roles.