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UW Names Brown to Group Health Professorship


For immediate release
Date:  July 5, 2007

SEATTLE—Marie-Annette Brown, professor of family and child nursing at the University of Washington School of Nursing, is the recipient of the school’s new Group Health Endowed Nursing Professorship in Chronic Illness Care, Dean Nancy Fugate Woods announced today.

"Marie-Annette is recognized internationally as a thought-leader in how nursing can best advance its practice to promote self-care and enhance wellness for individuals and families who are living with chronic illness conditions," Woods said. "She is regarded as a pace-setter and policy leader for advancing nursing practice roles."

Brown's work as an educator, researcher and nurse practitioner (NP) gives her firsthand knowledge of the many roles nurses play in caring for patients with chronic illnesses. Brown is known for her expertise in grief and loss, sub-syndromal depression and NP practice. In her study on families dealing with HIV/AIDS and cancer, she provided caregiving information and group support via telephone to lay caregivers in outlying areas of the Pacific Northwest.

She has also studied pioneer NPs, novice NPs and practice issues such as prescribing barriers faced by Washington state NPs. Her specialization in women's health and her expertise in chronic menstrual cycle problems contribute to her success as a family nurse practitioner at the UW Medical Center Women's Health Care Clinic. Her research about mild depression led her to coauthor a book called When Your Body Gets the Blues.

At the UW School of Nursing, Brown is a professor in the Department of Family and Child Nursing, serving in multiple leadership positions, including coordinator of both the family nurse practitioner program and the primary care program. She currently spearheads development of the new Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. An elected fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, she earned her BSN from Vanderbilt University in 1970, her MN from the UW in 1972 and her PhD in nursing science also from the UW in 1983.

The professorship allows the school to recruit, retain, reward and recognize distinguished faculty who conduct research and teaching in the area of chronic illness care. Established with a $250,000 gift from Group Health Cooperative, the professorship also provides the UW much-needed support at a time when nursing schools across the country are facing a significant faculty shortage. In particular, this professorship supports an outstanding faculty leader’s work in educating future nurse leaders, both in academic and clinical settings. It also helps the school and Group Health promote recognition of the ways in which nurses support and improve patient care.

An endowed professorship is a permanent fund established to support a faculty position. Gifts to endowments are invested to create a powerful resource that grows in perpetuity.


The University of Washington School of Nursing is consistently the nation’s No. 1-ranked nursing school, according to U.S. News & World Report. Ranked No. 3 in research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the UW School of Nursing is a national and international leader in improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. The school addresses society’s most pressing challenges in health care through innovative teaching, award winning research and community service.