UB School of Nursing leadership is committed to providing the best possible experience for nursing students and faculty.

 Dean Marsha Lewis

Dean; Professor

Marsha Lewis, PhD, RN, FAAN, was named Dean of UB's School of Nursing in February 2012. She has received 19 research grants and seven educational training-program grants from the National Institute of Nursing Research, the National Institute of Aging, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, the Alzheimer’s Association and NIH-Fogarty International Research Collaboration.

Loralee Sessanna

Interim Assistant Dean for MS/DNP Programs; Clinical Associate Professor

Loralee Sessanna, DNS, RN, CNS, AHN-BC, has research interests that include community health nursing, spirituality, holistic nursing and patient care, and end-of-life care

Yu-Ping Chang

Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Endowed Professor; Associate Dean for Research & Scholarship; Associate Professor

In addition to her role as the Associate Dean for Research & Scholarship, Yu Ping Chang, PhD, RN, is an associate professor teaching courses that include Quantitative Research Methods and Data Management and Analysis with SPSS. Her areas of research include substance use and prescription medication use in older adults and caregiving and medication management for individuals with dementia.

Suzanne Dickerson

Department Chair - Biobehavioral Health & Clinical Sciences; Professor

Suzanne Dickerson, DNS,RN, focuses her research on patient/technology interactions.  She has studied various patient populations including internal cardiac defibrillator (ICD) recipients, sleep apnea patients undergoing treatment with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), and cancer patients using the internet to seek help and support for sleep disturbances.  Additionally, she has expertise in mixed methods phenomenology.

Dr. Grinslade

Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs; Clinical Professor

Susan Grinslade, PhD, RN, PHCNS, BC, came to UB after a career in the Navy Nurse Corps.  Her areas of interest draw from her years of clinical experience with diabetes self-care management (health beliefs, self-efficacy, social support) and public health, particularly health services related to those with HIV.  She also has expertise in research instrument development.

Dr. Grinslade

Department Chair - Family, Community & Health Systems Sciences; Associate Professor

Sharon Hewner, PhD, RN, brings a plethora of experience to the School of Nursing, having held leadership positions at D'Youville College, Mount St. Mary's Nursing Home, Buffalo General Hospital, and Buffalo Veterans Administration Medical Center. She is a specialist in informatics and health outcomes research, with expertise in the Medicare and Medicaid population. Her research focuses on transitions from the acute hospital to the community.

Gary Mahon

Associate Dean for Administrative Services; CFO

Gary E. Mahon has over 20 years of experience providing leadership and vision in utilizing data and technology to increase organizational productivity and capacity and served several years as chief financial officer in a vice president/decanal unit at the University at Buffalo. Mahon is well-versed in human resource administration, strategic planning and collaboration across units.

Robin Lally

Assistant Dean, PhD Program; Associate Professor

Mary Ann Meeker, DNS, RN, conducts research in the areas of end of life decision-making, advance care planning and family decision-making. She teaches such courses as introduction to nursing research and Dissertation Guidance.