Victoria Vaughan Dickson


Dean and Professor


Dr. Dickson is the 11th Dean and Professor of the UConn School of Nursing. Building upon her extensive clinical experience as a nurse practitioner, Dr. Dickson’s research program focuses on investigating the social determinants of health and bio-behavioral influences on self-care among individuals, families, and communities with/at risk for cardiovascular disease. Her research has led to an improved understanding of the sociocultural influences of self-care among vulnerable populations and the development of innovative theory-based interventions. Dr. Dickson is an international expert in mixed methods research and has conducted training for interdisciplinary teams internationally.  She is dedicated to building research capacity across disciplines and advancing nursing science that impacts policy and clinical care. Currently, she is PI of the NHLBI- funded Research Education in Cardiovascular Conditions program (R25 HL145323).

Prior to joining UConn Nursing, Dr. Dickson was the John W. Rowe Professor of Successful Aging; Assistant Dean, Research Innovation; and Director of the Pless Center for Nursing Research at New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing. She served as PI of the NIOSH-funded doctoral training program in occupational and environmental health nursing, co-PI of the NINR-funded P20 Exploratory Center for Precision Health in Diverse Populations, and KL2 co-director and co-investigator of the NCATS-funded NYU CTSI.

As chair-elect of the Council of the Advancement of Nursing Science, Dr. Dickson serves on its National Advisory Committee. She is the editor of the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing and serves on the editorial board of the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.

Research/Scholarship Interests

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Multiple Chronic Conditions
  • Self-Care/Self-Care Interventions
  • Health Equity
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing


PhD – University of Pennsylvania

MSN – University of Pennsylvania

BSN – Temple University


Selected Publications

Publications on PubMed

Contact Information
Office LocationSH 205, Deans Suite