Yale School of Nursing, Yale University's Graduate Nursing Programs

Nurse Leader Returns to Yale to Lead YSN Board

August 1, 2007

Yale University School of Nursing (YSN) has named Angela McBride '64 to head its three-year-old External Advisory Board. Dr. McBride is Dean Emerita of Indiana University School of Nursing. She is a 1964 graduate of YSN.

"Angela brings an exceptional combination of leadership, understanding, and sense of mission to this Board," commented Margaret Grey, Dean and Annie Goodrich Professor at YSN. "I have known Angela for many years and I know that the School will benefit greatly from her wisdom and energy."

The Board was led most recently by co-chairs Stephanie Cooper, a nursing consultant from New York City and Ruth Benedict, an alumna of YSN and former founding board member of the University-wide Association of Yale Alumni.

During her tenure as dean, Dr. McBride served as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs-Nursing within Clarian Health Partners, the largest hospital network in Indiana and the third largest in the United States. Currently, she is a member of the Clarian Board, and chairs the board's Committee on Quality and Patient Care. She is known for her contributions to women's health, particularly the psychology of parenthood, and to psychiatric-mental health nursing. In keeping with her multidisciplinary interests, she is an Adjunct Professor in the departments of Psychology, Psychiatry, Women's Studies, and in Philanthropic Studies on Nursing's core campus of Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI).

Dr. McBride served as president of Sigma Theta Tau International (1987 -1989), nursing's honor society, during the building of the International Center for Nursing Scholarship in Indianapolis. She has served on the National Advisory Mental Health Council of the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration (1987 - 1991), on the advisory committee of NIH's Office of Research on Women's Health (1997-2001), and as president of the American Academy of Nursing (1993 -1995).

She has received honorary doctorates from the University of Cincinnati (1983), Eastern Kentucky University (1991), Georgetown University (1993), Medical College of Ohio (1995), University of Akron (1997), and Purdue University (1998), and the University of San Francisco has honored her with its University Medallion (1993). In 2000, she received the Distinguished Nurse Educator Award, College of Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati. In 1978 She received the Distinguished Alumna Award from YSN in 1978 and Purdue University in 1992. In 1995, she received the "Outstanding Contributions to Nursing and Health Psychology" Award from the American Psychological Association's Division 38 on Health Psychology. That same year, she was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine.

She currently serves on a number of community (e.g., Women's Fund of Indianapolis, Methodist Health Foundation, Wishard Foundation, United Way of Central Indiana) and academic (e.g., Nursing at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hartford Foundation's "Building Geriatric Nursing Capacity" Program) boards/advisory committees. Since 2000, she has facilitated the leadership conference of the Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Program.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. McBride graduated in 1962 with a bachelor's degree in nursing from Georgetown University. She earned her M.S.N. in psychiatric-mental health nursing from YSN in 1964 and her PhD in developmental psychology from Purdue University in 1978. Dr. McBride is married to William Leon McBride '62MA, '64PhD, the Arthur G. Hansen distinguished professor of philosophy at Purdue University.

McBride was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (1980), of the National Academies of Practice as a Distinguished Practitioner (1986), and of the American Psychological Association's Division 35 on the Psychology of Women (1991) and Division 38 on Health Psychology (1996); she also was chosen to be a National Kellogg Fellow (1981 - 1984). She received the 1983 ANA Council of Specialists in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Award for Current Impact in Research and Scholarship. In 1985 she received the Distinguished Research Award of the Midwest Nursing Research Society, and in 1988, University Hospitals of Cleveland presented her with the MacDonald Hospital for Women Award for contributions to women's health. She has been honored by the Coalition of Psychiatric Nursing Organizations (1991) and by the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing (1992) for her contributions to the specialty.

At Yale, McBride was a member of the Yale University Council. She has also chaired the Council's ad hoc committee on nursing and served for a time on the Yale University School of Nursing alumni board. In 2003 she was nominated as one of three candidates to serve a six-year term as a Yale alumni fellow for the Yale Corporation. McBride has served also on the boards of Central Indiana United Way, Methodist Health Foundation, Wishard Foundation and the Women's Fund of Indianapolis. Nationally, McBride has served on the advisory committee of the National Institute of Health's Office of Women's Health Research and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's Colleagues in Caring Program. She also served as a member of the National Advisory Mental Health Council. She was also influential in building Sigma Theta Tau's International Center for Nursing Scholarship during her presidency of the organization in the late 1980s.

Dr. McBride's first book, "The Growth and Development of Mothers," recognized as one of the best books of 1973 by both the The New York Times and the American Journal of Nursing. She went on to author, "Living With Contradictions: A Married Feminist (1976)," and "How to Enjoy a Good Life With Your Teenager (1987)," which was a selection of Psychotherapy Book Review. Her book (co-edited with Joan K. Austin) entitled, "Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing: Integrating the Behavioral and Biological Sciences" earned a 1996 Book of the Year Award from the American Journal of Nursing. In 2000, she compiled a monograph, "Nursing and Philanthropy."

The YSN External Advisory Board serves in an advisory capacity to the Dean of the Yale University School of Nursing. Members of the Board contribute their time and expertise to the development and support of YSN's initiatives. The Board is responsible for providing strategic counsel to the Dean and assisting in the development and implementation of the YSN's strategic plan. Board members include nurses, physicians, health care executives, consultants, media relations, pharmaceutical, and consumer industry executives.