uc irvine school of nursing assistant professor dawn bounds a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner has been awarded the betty irene moor nursing fellowship

Assistant Professor Dawn Bounds will explore the impact of overlapping pandemics on youth and adolescents.

Dawn Bounds, an assistant professor in the UCI Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing is one of 12 nurse leaders  accepted to the third cohort of the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators

This fellowship program, funded by a $37.5 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, recognizes early- to mid-career nursing scholars and innovators with a high potential to accelerate leadership in nursing research, practice, education, policy and entrepreneurship. 

As part of the three-year fellowship program, fellows receive $500,000 to conduct an innovative project or study with the potential to address a gap in knowledge, meet a vital need, alter care delivery, or design a new solution to advance health. 

Rebuilding the village

Bounds will explore how overlapping pandemics impact youth and adolescents, then use digital spaces and technology to rebuild a village of support.

Through Project REVIVE (Resilience Empowered Villages in Virtual Environments), Bounds aims to:

  • Develop healthy digital spaces where one can learn self-regulation techniques
  • Create a think tank for youth-friendly, user-centered design for just-in-time adaptive interventions
  • Continue to build pathways for marginalized youth to become peer leaders and future scientists

“Dawn Bounds is a beacon of hope for underserved youth and adolescents who are struggling with their mental health and adverse life events,” says nursing Dean Mark Lazenby.

“I am proud that she will be able to continue her important work through this fellowship and help people who desperately need it.”

In addition to the project, the fellowship program features a hybrid online and classroom curriculum designed and taught in partnership with the UC Davis Graduate School of Management to enhance leadership and innovation capacity, strengthen strategic thinking and collaborative skills, expand professional networks, develop entrepreneurial skills, and propel innovative ideas to fruition.

A mentor selected by the fellow and an additional mentor provided by the national program office round out the educational experience.  

Bound’s selected mentor is Founding Dean and Distinguished Professor Adey Nyamathi.

“Adey has an excellent program of research working with marginalized populations, such as individuals experiencing homelessness. I hope to establish a similar program of research and establish myself as a nurse leader and innovator at UCI.”

A unique journey

“Our fellows undertake a unique journey in which they get to explore and better understand their roles as leaders and how they can influence health systems to include more equitable and higher quality care for all the populations they serve,” said Heather M. Young, professor and dean emerita of the school, now serving as national program director for the fellowship.

“This next generation of nursing leaders has great potential to have a nationwide impact on healthy equity and health care delivery.”

About the fellowship

The fellowship program is made possible by Betty Irene Moore’s passion to advance nursing with the goal of better outcomes for individuals, families and communities. The foundation seeks to prepare nurses as collaborative leaders with the skills and confidence to inspire others, enact change and challenge the status quo.

With the creation of the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators, the foundation supports nurse leaders who take ideas to scale that advance high-quality, high-value care and optimal health outcomes. 

Applications for the 2023 cohort of nurse leader fellows open Sept. 23 with a submission deadline of 5 p.m. PST Dec. 1. To learn more, visit the UC Davis School of Nursing website.