SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A University of Rhode Island nursing professor who has done extensive work on the development of premature infants has assumed the role of interim dean of the College of Nursing.
The university says Mary Sullivan has succeeded Dayle Joseph. Joseph retired last spring.
Sullivan is a research scientist at Women & Infants Hospital and an adjunct pediatrics professor at Brown University's Alpert Medical School. She oversees the longest running U.S. study of premature babies from birth through young adulthood. Her research has shown that premature infants are less healthy, have more social problems and face a greater risk of cardiac problems as adults.
She says nurses play a critically important role in health care reform and that URI will continue to be a leader in training them.