Dean Susan Parish Named to Sentara Professorship

By Jeff Kelley
VCU College of Health Professions

Susan Parish in the College of Health ProfessionsVCU College of Health Professions Dean Susan L. Parish, Ph.D., has been appointed the Sentara Professorship in Health Administration. In addition to serving as Dean, Parish is a professor in the Department of Health Administration.

The Sentara Professorship was created in 2007 with a generous gift from Sentara Healthcare to support a distinguished faculty member in VCU Health Administration. In a letter to Dr. Parish, VCU and VCU Health System President Michael Rao called her “an integral part of our vision to make a difference as a major research university.”

Parish’s research examines the health and financial well-being of women and children with disabilities, and their caregiving families. She has garnered more than $12 million in external research funding from a range of federal, state, and foundation sources. She has published over 130 peer-reviewed journal articles, and is a fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Society for Social Work and Research.

“We are also confident of your ability to remain highly productive throughout your academic career and of your continued commitment to excellence and ensuring student success,” Dr. Rao wrote. “I am grateful for your commitment to improving the quality of the lives of people throughout the world.”

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