People & Partners


In its first year, the Deans of all three schools—Penn Nursing Dean Antonia Villarruel, Social Policy & Practice (SP2) Dean John L. Jackson, Jr., and Graduate School of Education (GSE) Dean Pam Grossman —invested $30,000 to launch several pilot projects. The University’s Office of the Provost matched the contribution for a total of $60,000 of seed funding. In 2017, the Schools dedicated an additional $45,000 to the Penn Futures Project and have fueled work on five exciting projects to date.

Pam Grossman, PhD

Dean, Graduate School of Education; George and Diane Weiss Professor of Education

Pam Grossman is the Dean of the Graduate School of Education and the George and…

John L. Jackson, Jr., PhD

Dean, Social Policy and Practice; Richard Perry University Professor; Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) Professor

John L. Jackson, Jr., is Dean of the School of Social Policy & Practice and…

Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor and Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing; Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics; Director of the School’s WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership

Dr. Villarruel’s research focuses on interventions to reduce sexual risk behaviors among Mexican and Latino…

Graduate School of Education

Katherine Barghaus
Executive Director, Penn Child Research Center; Senior Research Investigator, Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy Network
Eric Bernstein, JD, EdD
Associate Director, Penn Educational Leadership Simulation
Dr. John Fantuzzo
Albert M. Greenfield Professor of Human Relations
Vivian Gadsden
William T. Carter Professor of Child Development and Education
Kate Kinney Grossman
Associate Director, Teacher Education Program
Michael Johanek, EdD
Senior Fellow; Director, Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership; Director, Penn Educational Leadership Simulations Program (PELS)
Marsha Richardson, PsyD
Lecturer, Human Development and Quantitative Methods Division
Kyle Schultz, PsyD, MEd
Lecturer, Human Development/Quantitative Methods Division Counseling and Mental Health Services Program
Jeanne Stanley, PhD
Adjunct Professor
Caroline Watts
Senior Lecturer, Director of School and Community Engagement, Human Development and Quantitative Methods Division

School of Nursing

Deborah Becker, PhD, ACNP, BC, CHSE, FAAN
Practice Professor of Nursing; Director, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program, Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist program, & Adult Oncology Specialty Minor
Cynthia Anne Connolly, PhD, RN, FAAN
Rosemarie B. Greco Term Endowed Associate Professorship in Advocacy Associate Professor of Nursing; Co-Faculty Director, Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research, School of Social Policy & Practice; Associate Director, Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing; Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
Erin Cross
Senior Associate Director, Penn’s LGBT Center; Lecturer, Graduate School of Education; Senior Fellow, Nursing’s Center for Global Women's Health
Janet A. Deatrick, PhD
Professor Emerita of Nursing
Terri Lipman, PhD, CRNP, FAAN
Miriam Stirl Endowed Term Professor of Nutrition; Professor of Nursing of Children; Assistant Dean for Community Engagement; Interim Program Director, Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program
Catherine C. McDonald, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing; Assistant Professor in Nursing in Pediatrics, School of Medicine

School of Social Policy & Practice

Amy Castro Baker
Assistant Professor
Dennis P. Culhane, PhD
Professor; Dana and Andrew Stone Chair in Social Policy; Co-Principal Investigator, Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy; Director of Research, National Center for Homelessness Among Veterans
Antonio Garcia, MSW, PhD
Assistant Professor; Co-Director, Child Well-Being & Child Welfare (CW2); Specialization Chair, Racism Sequence
Amy Hillier, PhD
Director, MS in Social Policy Program; Associate Professor, School of Social Policy & Practice; Associate Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, PennDesign
Anne Weiss, MSW, LSW
Director of Field Education
Allison Werner-Lin, PhD, AM, LCSW
Assistant Professor; Adjunct Investigator, National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Epidemiology And Genetics; Director, Social Work in Health Care; Specialization Chair, Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice