Associate Dean for Clinical Education and Practice, Director for the Master of Science — Nurse Practitioner Degree Program and Clinical Professor

Elizabeth Rice is associate dean for clinical education and practice and also a clinical professor and director for the Master of Science — Nurse Practitioner Degree Program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. As associate dean, she focuses on key priorities in faculty practice and innovations in active learning for the  school's clinical educational programs — including the family nurse practitioner, physician assistant and entry-level nursing programs. Her teaching expertise focuses on health policy, nursing education and advanced psychiatric nursing practice.

Her research interests include graduate nursing education and mental health. In her current work, Rice explores the emerging needs of graduate nursing students as they juggle work, graduate education and family demands. In her clinical practice, Rice works in community settings with persons diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness. A psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner for seven years, she examines preventive health needs as well as issues of violence among women diagnosed with schizophrenia and other mental illnesses. Previously, she served as the director for the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. This program primarily prepared nurses as advanced practice nurses in the areas of primary care adult-gerontology, pediatrics and psychiatric mental health.

There, she was an active member of the University of Wisconsin Teaching Academy and presented numerous teaching workshops and courses. She also served on the Mental Health Policy board for National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Wisconsin and as a task force member to initiate mental health treatment for children in Madison public schools. Additionally, she served on a panel of mental health professionals who developed initiatives to reduce the use of solitary confinement and incarceration of persons with severe mental illness in Dane County.

Rice earned a postmaster’s degree certificate as a psychiatric nurse practitioner in 2009, a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing in 2005, a Master of Science in Nursing in 2000 and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1988, all from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has presented at a number of national conferences, including the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty and the Doctor of Nursing Practice conferences.

Her work has been published in a variety of journals and peer-reviewed publications, including the Journal of Professional Nursing, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal and Qualitative Health Research.

Contact Information: Phone: 916-734-4014 | E-mail: eirice@ucdavis.edu

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