Dr. Berkowitz became the Dean of Columbia University School of Nursing, in New York September 1, 2010. She is a distinguished leader in nursing and public health, who, just prior to her appointment as Dean at the Columbia University School of Nursing, served at the University of Washington, where she was the Alumni Endowed Professor of Nursing, adjunct professor in the School of Public Health and previously served as chair of the Department of Psychosocial and Community Health. Dr. Berkowitz led the National Program Office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Turning Point Initiative as director and principal investigator. Prior to joining the University of Washington, Dr. Berkowitz held leadership positions in both state and local government, as deputy secretary in the Washington State Department of Health, and as chief of nursing for the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health.
Dr. Berkowitz received her PhD in nursing science from Case Western Reserve University and her Master and Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing from the University of Washington. She is an elected member of the prestigious Institute of Medicine, an elected fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, as well as a member of the Academy’s Board of Directors and President-elect. Dr. Berkowitz is the past chair of the board of trustees of Group Health Cooperative. In addition to serving on the board for several journals, she also is the author of books on public health nursing leadership, nursing management, and communications in health care organizations.
Dr. Berkowitz’s research focuses on health policy and public health system reform, primarily at the state level, as well as systems-level efforts to eliminate health disparities. Her scholarship is directly informed by her rich firsthand knowledge of the politics of policy creation and implementation, as well as by her experience in building public health systems.