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Ukamaka M. Oruche


Gordon Keller Professor of Nursing Senior Associate Dean of Research and Director of the PhD Program

University of South Florida Health College of Nursing

Dr. Ukamaka M. Oruche is the Gordon Keller Professor and Assistant Dean of the PhD Program at University of South Florida College of Nursing in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Oruche has established and sustained an impactful program of research focused on the mental health care of children, especially those with disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct disorders (DICs) and their family caregivers. This research program focuses on developing and testing parent- and provider-focused evidence-based interventions to improve the well-being of children with DIC. Dr. Oruche is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, member of the Edge Runners National Advisory Council, and past President of the International Society of Pediatric Mental health Nurses. She previously served at the Indiana University School of Nursing where she built a program of research and advocacy focused on advancement of mental health equity across the globe. Dr. Oruche’ s outstanding contributions to global mental health have been recognized with numerous accolades, including the COVID-19 Courage Award from the American Academy of Nursing, designation as a U.S. News and World Report Hospital and Healthcare Hero. Most recently, she was inducted into the Sigma International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame and honored with Lifetime Career Achievement Award from Association of Black Nursing Faculty. Outside of her academic pursuits, Dr. Oruche is the founder of Village Community Health Initiative, Inc., a nonprofit organization providing healthcare and nutrition to populations in southeastern Nigeria.

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