Margaret P. Moss, PhD, JD, RN, FAAN, was recently appointed Associate Professor and Specialty Director of the Nursing Management, Policy, and Leadership program at Yale University School of Nursing (YSN).
Dr. Moss received her PhD in Nursing from the University of Texas at Houston, Health Sciences Center in 2000 and subsequently received a distinguished alumni award in 2002. She is one of only 16 doctorally-prepared American Indian nurses in the country and the only one to focus solely on aging. Dr. Moss is an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota, the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation. Dr. Moss is Hidatsa with equal lineage in the Fort Peck Sioux Tribe.
She completed a two-year post-doctorate fellowship at the University of Colorado’s Native Elder Research Center, a resource center for minority aging research. Concurrently, she entered and completed law school and received her Juris Doctorate from Hamline University School of Law, Saint Paul, Minn. She is the first and only American Indian to hold both nursing and juris doctorates.
In 2008-2009, Dr. Moss was named a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, and staffed the Senate Special Committee on Aging under the ranking Senators Martinez and then Corker. She was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in 2008.
Dr. Moss had been tenured at the University of Minnesota where she was on faculty for the last ten years. In 2004, Governor Pawlenty appointed her to the Minnesota Board on Aging, where she held membership on the Diversity and Public Policy committees. She was one of 19 delegates for the National Congress of American Indians at the 2005 White House Conference on Aging, was Secretary for the National Interfaith Council on Aging, a former interest group of the National Council on Aging, and is a co-convener of the Expert Panel on Aging for the American Academy on Nursing. Dr. Moss has researched, presented extensively, and written on the subject of American Indians, aging, and policy.