UW News

November 2, 2011

School of Nursing announces two new professorship recipients

UW Health Sciences/UW Medicine

The UW School of Nursing has announced its newest professorship recipients: Dr. Patricia “Patti” Brandt, and Dr. Diane Magyary. These two faculty members have made significant contributions to nursing research, leadership, practice and education. The School of Nursing has twelve professorships, created by donors, alumni and community partners.

Brandt,  professor and chair of family and child nursing  since December 2009,  has been named University of Washington Medical Center Endowed Professor in Nursing Leadership.

Dr. Patti Brandt

Dr. Patti Brandt

Brandt is advancing nursing leadership through education, research and practice changes.  Within the classroom,  Brandt creates a learning climate that encourages student participation and a curriculum that provides practical relevance to students. She believes it is essential to bring real-life, clinical case situations as well as theoretical perspectives to the classroom experience.

Brandt has published articles and received numerous grants on enhancing and implementing nursing leadership models to promote better quality care for children and adolescents with special needs and for their families. Brandts scholarship, research, and teaching abilities are aimed to prepare students to be extraordinary nurses, nurse leaders and nurse educators of the future.

Brandt also works to improve health care for children and their families by enhancing the approaches providers use to encourage health behavior changes and  to strengthen patient involvement and motivation. Brandt has practiced during her career as a certified child and adolescent psychosocial nurse practitioner with prescriptive authority and as a family therapist. She provided consultation to interdisciplinary teams on motivational interviewing and program development at Seattle Children’s Hospital and at  primary-care sites. She received a B.S.N. degree from Marquette University, an M.S.N. degree from University of Colorado, and a Ph.D. in education from the UW.  Her doctoral focus was on  development and school psychology.  She joined the UW School of Nursing as an assistant professor in 1982.

The UW Medical Center Endowed Professorship in Nursing Leadership was originally established in 2005 to support a faculty leaders work in educating future nurse leaders, both in academic and clinical settings. As the holder of this endowed professorship, Brandt will work closely with UW Medical Center nursing leaders to strengthen joint initiatives and in overall collaboration efforts.

Currently Brandt and the  nurse leaders at UW Medical Center are  exploring the potential for a dedicated education unit.  This professorship enhances the UW School of Nursings ability to retain distinguished faculty in clinical nursing leadership. The professorship was most recently held by Dr. Susan L. Woods, professor and associate dean for academic services, prior to her retirement in June 2011.

Dr. Diane L. Magyary, professor of psychosocial and community health has been named the Kathryn E. Barnard Endowed Professor in Infant Mental Health.

Dr. Diane Magyary

Dr. Diane Magyary

Magyary is the inaugural recipient  of this endowed professorship, which became effective July 1, 2011. She will hold the professorship for five years.  Magyary has been with the UW School of Nursing since 1976 and has extensive knowledge and expertise in maternal child nursing,  including infant through adolescent development and health, plus individual and family centered counseling.  Her life-long academic scholarship has focused on the promotion of healthy development and wellness from the beginning of life.

Magyary has created opportunities to integrate her work on advancing mental health care for high-risk infants and children through family-focused models designed for populations living in poverty. She works closely with local organizations including Odessa Brown Childrens Clinic and Seattle Childrens Hospital through her faculty practice contract as a child and adolescent psychiatric nurse practitioner.

Over the past 16 years, Magyary has secured funding from eight private foundations and a Children & Family Commission Human Services Seattle King County Levy Grant to pilot test innovative mental health clinical protocols that center on the “birth to five” pediatric population and their families.  In addition, her collaborative efforts have obtained nearly 4 million dollars from the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau to advance effective and culturally competent nursing care and leadership on behalf of infants and children with special health care needs as well as their families.

Her scholarship has been disseminated through many different avenues such as publications, presentations, workshops, advisory boards, graduate training grants, graduate courses and continuing education projects.  Magyary has a B.S.N. degree from Ohio State University and an M.N. and Ph.D. in educational psychology from the UW.

The Kathryn E. Endowed Professorship in Infant Mental Health was established by emeritus faculty member Kathryn Barnard in 2005, who dedicated her career to understanding and promoting healthy social, emotional and cognitive development during the early years of life. The professorship is given to UW School of Nursing faculty who advance knowledge about infant mental health and development.