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Annette De Vito Dabbs, PhD, RN, FAAN

Department Chair

Acute and Tertiary Care

    School of Nursing
336 Victoria Building
3500 Victoria St
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Phone: 412-624-5314
Fax: 412-383-7227


My scholarly interests include health-related quality of life after lung transplantation, active partnerships between patients and clinicians, health information technology, qualitative research, and mixed-methods analysis techniques. My funded program of research focuses on designing and testing health technologies to promote self-management in persons with chronic illness, particularly for cardiothoracic transplant recipients. I serve as co-I on multiple grants including promoting psychosocial outcomes after living donation, the development of quality of life technologies and integrating palliative care after lung transplantation. I have a secondary appointment in the University of Pittsburgh CTSI and I serve as a scientific reviewer for the NSF-NIH Smart and Connected Health Panel.


For nearly 10 years I have been a primary teacher for ethics courses for students enrolled in the BSN and MSN/DNP programs. I provide invited lectures to undergraduate and graduate students in my areas of interest (e.g., ethical issues, transplantation, technology and mixed-methods research). I hold an adjunct faculty appointment in the Center for Bioethics and Law and serve as a member of the UPMC Hospital Ethics committee.
I also teach Qualitative Research Methods in the PhD program and mentor pre and post-doctoral students. I supervise independent studies and practica on a variety of topics for University of Pittsburgh students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing, information science, and computer science and students from Carnegie Mellon University’s Human Computer Interaction Program. I am the Co-Director for the "Technology: Research in Critical and Chronic Illness" (T32 NR008857, Erlen) pre-doctoral and postdoctoral training program.


Within the School of Nursing, I serve or have served on the following committees: PhD Council, Planning & Budget, Academic Integrity, and Evaluation Steering. As a certified CNS licensed as an APRN, I devote clinical time to supporting the activities of the adult cardiothoracic transplant program. At the local/regional level, I am a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, Eta Chapter, served on the board directors for Pennsylvania State Nurses Association District 6 (including two terms on the Cabinet on Nursing Practice and Professional Development). At the national level, I am a member of the American Nurses Association, American Thoracic Society, The International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, International Transplant Nurses Society and the America Academy of Nursing, including serving on the Expert Panel Informatics & Technology. I am an editorial board member for Qualitative Health Research and a regular reviewer for The American Journal of Critical Care, Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, Heart & Lung, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Journal of Advanced Practice and Critical Care Nurse.


PhDUniversity of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
MNUniversity of Washington, Seattle, WA
Physiological Nursing, Pulmonary CNS
BSNKent State University
ADUniversity of Toledo
Respiratory Care


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