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

Allison Brashear.

Vice President for Health Sciences; Dean, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; Officer in Charge, School of Nursing

Allison Brashear, MD, MBA, is an internationally recognized neurologist, accomplished researcher and health science administrator. Brashear was appointed vice president for health sciences at the University at Buffalo and dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in December 2021. She was appointed officer in charge of the School of Nursing in June 2022.

Yu-Ping Chang.

Senior Associate Dean; Professor; Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Endowed Professor; Division Chair - Family, Community & Health Systems Sciences

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.

Division 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.

Amy Hequembourg.

Assistant Dean for Diversity & Inclusion; Associate Professor

Amy Hequembourg, PhD, has devoted her research to understanding and dismantling health disparities among sexual minorities. To this end, the bulk of her research is focused on understanding why sexual minorities experience higher rates of adverse health outcomes, elevated rates of health risk behaviors associated with those outcomes, and a higher prevalence of other stressful and traumatic life experiences compared to heterosexual individuals.

Rebecca Lorenz.

Assistant Dean, PhD Program; Associate Professor

Rebecca Lorenz, PhD, RN, focuses her research on sleep in adults with a special interest in people with neurologic diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis (MS), and their caregivers. Currently, she is working on a funded study to develop a custom biomedical informatics training program for research scientists to further our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and its related dementias. 

Gary Mahon.

Gary E. Mahon

Associate Dean for Administrative Services

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.

Cathy Mann.

Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies; Clinical Associate Professor

Catherine Mann, EdD, RN, CNE, has been in academia since 2002, teaching in undergraduate, graduate and DNP programs in two Buffalo-area nursing schools prior to joining the faculty at UB. Her areas of interest include community health, vulnerable populations, palliative care and evidence-based practice. She shares her expertise when teaching courses such as Evidence-Based Practice and Nursing Research and Nursing Therapeutics in Health Maintenance and Restoration.

Pamela Paplham.

Associate Dean for Clinical Programs/DNP & Certificate Programs; Clinical Professor

Pamela Paplham, DNP, AOCNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, is committed to the study of oncology. Her areas of interest include hematopoietic cell transplant and survivorship, cancer survivorship, telehealth and chronic graft versus host disease.

Division Chair - Family, Community & Health Systems Sciences; Clinical Professor

Loralee Sessanna, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, is a clinical professor for the School of Nursing. She has dedicated her life and nursing career to holistic care. Sessanna believes compassion, empathy, kindness, unconditional love, authenticity and patience and respecting and valuing the beauty of everyone’s unique talents and differences reinforces the need and importance of caring for the “whole who.