Gwendolyn M. Mahon named Dean for the School of Health Related Professions

Dear RBHS Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce the selection of Gwendolyn Mahon, Ph.D., as dean of the Rutgers School of Health Related Professions (SHRP), effective March 11, 2015. Dr. Mahon brings an impressive background in research and academic administration to the position. She currently serves as associate dean for administration at SHRP, where she was recruited in January 2011, and concurrently holds faculty appointments in the SHRP Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, the New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) Department of Medicine, and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS). Since 2011, she has served as the president of the Rutgers GSBS Alumni Association.

Dr. Mahon received her undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, her Master of Science degree in molecular immunology as a Howard Webster Fellow at the Terry Fox Laboratories, British Columbia Cancer Agency, Vancouver, and her Ph.D. in molecular oncology from Rutgers GSBS. She is nationally recognized in the field of oncogenic signal transduction and adult leukemias, and her research has been published in numerous leading cancer research journals.

In 2005, she was appointed director of research programs at the newly constructed NJMS-University Hospital Cancer Center. Her responsibilities there included research faculty recruitment, research program development, research infrastructure development, assembly of campus-wide, multi-disciplinary research teams, and development of cancer education and training programs. She successfully wrote and obtained an NIH construction grant for a new research animal facility in the cancer center, as well as NCI T32 and R25 training grants to support graduate, post-doctoral and medical student education programs.

In 2008, she was named assistant dean for research administration at NJMS, responsible for oversight of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the administration of NJMS research core facilities, the administration of a faculty mentoring program, and the oversight of research support and development programs. In addition to her administrative responsibilities for the school, she wrote several successful NIH institutional grants that brought over $20 million in extramural funds to the school.

In 2011, Dr. Mahon was named associate dean for administration at SHRP, where she has served the past four years. In her current role, she has acquired an expertise in virtually all aspects of the academic administration of health professions education. In addition, she has oversight of the research programs of the SHRP Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and has developed an active research portfolio. She currently serves as PI or co-PI on federal training grants from the NCI and HRSA. She also serves as site co-PI for an NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health-funded multisite clinical trial in collaboration with Duke and Yale Universities, as well as a co-investigator on other integrative health related studies.

Since 2008, Julie O'Sullivan Maillet has served as interim dean with energy, enthusiasm, and integrity. She successfully guided SHRP through its transition from UMDNJ to become a part of Rutgers University. We are enormously grateful to Dr. Maillet for her years of leadership and dedicated service to health professions education and SHRP. We look forward to celebrating her term as dean at a future occasion to be announced, and honoring her appropriately for her enormous contributions.

I also wish to thank Dean Cecile Feldman of the School of Dental Medicine and the members of the search committee, linked below, for their extensive time commitment and service during this search. The search committee evaluated 23 qualified applicants, selected nine candidates for interviews - each with a diverse set of strengths and qualities, and presented three outstanding finalists.

Brian L. Strom, MD, MPH

School of Health Related Professions Dean Search Committee Members

Cecile A. Feldman, DMD
Dean, Rutgers, School of Dental Medicine

Norman H. McLeod, MA
Assistant Professor, Radiography
Rutgers, School of Health Related Professions

Matthew McQuillan, MS
Associate Professor, Physician Assistant Program
Rutgers, School of Health Related Professions

Alma S. Merians, PhD
Chair, Rehabilitation & Movement Sciences
Rutgers, School of Health Related Professions

Diane L. Rigassio Radler, PhD
Associate Professor, Clinical Nutrition
Rutgers, School of Health Related Professions

Melissa M. Roberts, PhD
Program Director, Psychosocial Rehab
Rutgers, School of Health Related Professions

Lois E. Rockson, MPH
Assistant Professor, Cytotechnology
Rutgers, School of Health Related Professions

Othel Rolle, PhD
SHRP Alumni President

Susan W. Salmond, EdD, RN
Executive Vice Dean, Rutgers School of Nursing

Ann W. Tucker, DEd
Chair, Interdisciplinary Studies
Rutgers, School of Health Related Professions