Theresa A. Harvath, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.
Executive Associate Dean and Clinical Professor
Theresa A. Harvath is executive associate dean at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. In that role, she oversees the education and community engagement missions of the School of Nursing and closely coordinates with the school’s leadership to transform health care through nursing education and research. She collaborates with the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group to create curricula, connects with community partners to design community-based programs and leads faculty development.
An internationally recognized expert in gerontological nursing and nursing education, Harvath focuses her research on understanding and improving the relationship between individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and their family caregivers to improve home-health care. She also examines the development of a nursing workforce prepared to support a growing geriatric population. Previously, she conducted research exploring the impact of Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act on hospice nursing.
While a professor for Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing, she played a significant role in the creation of the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education curriculum. The consortium is a partnership of Oregon nursing programs at nine community colleges and five university campuses where a shared curriculum is taught on all consortium campuses. The initiative involved the implementation of innovative educational strategies, including reversal of classroom instruction and use of concept-based learning activities in clinical settings, to better prepare new nurses.
Prior to her UC Davis appointment, Harvath was the director of the Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence and the Advanced Practice Gerontological Nursing Program at Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing, where she was also a professor. She has 25 years of nursing education experience and 10 years’ experience as a clinical nurse specialist and staff nurse. She earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in nursing from Oregon Health & Science University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Harvath’s written work is widely published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and other publications including the American Journal of Nursing, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Gerontological Nursing and Clinical Nursing Research. She is a widely requested speaker and has presented at numerous national and regional conferences and events as well as conferences in Ireland, Japan and Singapore.