Dr. Afaf I. Meleis is the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Professor of Nursing and Sociology, and Director of the Schoolâ€™s WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership. Prior to her tenure at Penn, she was a Professor on the faculty of nursing at the University of California Los Angeles and the University of California San Francisco. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing in the UK, the American Academy of Nursing, and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia; a member of the Institute of Medicine, the Forum of Executive Women, and the Pennsylvania Womenâ€™s Forum; a Trustee of the National Health Museum; and a Board Member of CARE, the Global Health Council, Nurses Education Funds, Inc., and Life Science Career Alliance.
She is Council General of ICOWHI, the International Council on Womenâ€™s Health Issues (http://www.icowhi.org/index.cfm), an international nonprofit association dedicated to the goal of promoting health, health care, and well-being of women throughout the world through participation, empowerment, advocacy, education, and research. She is also a Global Ambassador for the Girl Child Initiative of the International Council of Nurses.
Dr. Meleisâ€™ scholarship is focused on global health, immigrant and international health, womenâ€™s health, and on the theoretical development of the nursing discipline. She is the author of more than 150 articles in social sciences, nursing, and medical journals; 40 chapters; 6 books; and numerous monographs and proceedings. Her teaching focuses on structure and organization of nursing knowledge, transitions and health, and international nursing.
Dr. Meleis graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Alexandria and earned an MS in nursing, an MA in sociology, and a PhD in medical and social psychology from the University of California at Los Angeles.