College of Health Sciences
Kathleen A. Curtis, PT, Ph.D. Dean Kathleen A. Curtis, P.T., Ph.D. was appointed Dean of the College of Health Sciences at University of Texas at El Paso in June, 2007. The College of Health Sciences serves almost 1500 students and includes over 60 full-time faculty members. The College is unique in its focus on border health issues and Hispanic health disparities.
UTEP's College of Health Science includes educational programs in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Health Promotion, Public Health, Kinesiology, Social Work Education, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, Rehabilitation Counseling and a cooperative Pharmacy program. A Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences is also offered in conjunction with the School of Nursing.
Dr. Curtis brings over 30 years of leadership experience in clinical, education, research and higher education administration roles in the health and rehabilitation sciences. Her academic background includes appointments at Mount Saint Mary's College, the University of Southern California, the University of Miami School of Medicine and California State University, Fresno.
Under her leadership at UTEP, the College of Health Sciences has developed four new graduate programs to meet the region’s needs and expanded enrollment in the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program by over 50%. New graduate programs approved since 2007 include a Master of Public Health degree, a Master of Social Work degree, a Master of Rehabilitation Counseling degree and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program. Since 2007, the College has been awarded over $7 million in external funding and has successfully recruited and hired 15 new doctoral level faculty members, expanding the College’s faculty capacity by over 30%.
School of Nursing
Elias Provencio-Vasquez, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, FAANP
Dean Over the past 30 years Dr. Provencio-Vasquez has been a clinician, educator, administrator, and researcher. He is the first Hispanic male in the United States to receive a PhD in nursing and is well known nationally and internationally for his work with “at risk women” and their families. Dr. Provencio-Vasquez is an experienced neonatal and pediatric nurse practitioner. His background and expertise is primary care and developmental assessments of HIV and drug exposed infants, children and adolescents. Dr. Provencio-Vasquez is a pioneer in creating innovative nursing approaches (home intervention) for mothers with substance use disorders and their children.
He served as Associate Dean at University of Miami and was the former Director for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program at University of Texas-Houston and University of Maryland. He has published and presented in numerous nursing, community and interdisciplinary forums. Currently, he is the principal investigator on two funded research projects: Packaging Project SEPA; A Proven HIV Behavioral Intervention for Use with Latinas at Highest Risk of Acquiring HIV (CDC) and Project VIDA; Violence, Intimate Relationships, and Drugs among Latinos (NIH).
Dr. Provencio-Vasquez served on the Task Force on Education and Regulation of Professional Nursing Practice for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. He is a former member of the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice, Health Resources and Services Administration and a current member of the National Advisory Committee of the New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Programs, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and American Association of Colleges of Nursing. He is past President of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners where he raised awareness, value and appropriate compensation for nurse practitioners during his term. In addition, he holds “fellowship” status in several prestigious national organizations: United States Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Program; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Developing Leadership and Reducing Substance Abuse; American Association of Colleges of Nursing Leadership for Academic Nursing Programs; American Academy of Nurse Practitioners; American Academy of Nursing and Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Fellows Program.