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Chair, Nursing Department
Faculty Associate

Dr. Ellen Olshansky is the Chair of the Department of Nursing in the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. She earned a BSW at UC Berkeley and then a BSN, MS, and PhD in Nursing Science at UC San Francisco. She is a women’s health nurse practitioner and a researcher focused on women’s health across the lifespan, with a particular emphasis on reproductive health. In her most recent position, before joining the USC faculty, she was Professor and Founding Director of the Program in Nursing Science at the UC Irvine. While at UCI, she chaired the Community Engagement Unit of the Institute for Clinical & Translational Science, funded by the NIH CTSA award. She also served as Director of the newly inaugurated Initiative to End Family Violence. While at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, where she served as Chair of the Dept. of Health & Community Systems, she developed an Interdisciplinary Qualitative Research Group. Dr. Olshansky is excited about the prospect of developing a new and innovative graduate nursing program in close collaboration with social work.