Annette Devito Dabbs

Department Chair
Acute & Tertiary Care
School of Nursing
336 Victoria Building
3500 Victoria Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

F: 412-383-7227


Annette DeVito Dabbs uses her 35+ years of clinical experience in managing people with chronic pulmonary conditions to advance her research programs in patient engagement, active partnerships between patients and clinicians, health information technology, health-related quality of life after transplantation, qualitative research, and mixed-methods analysis techniques. Dr. Dabbs is currently leading a multi-disciplinary team of clinicians, behavioral scientists, engineers, and human factors specialists to develop and evaluate Pocket PATH Synergy, a suite of technologies to support self-management behaviors of patients. The suite also facilitates supportive behaviors performed by clinicians working with their patients to achieve better health outcomes. This interface even includes a messaging function to enhance communications between patient and clinician. Survival rates for lung transplant patients are low, so life-threatening complications (such as infection or rejection) must be found and treated earlier to improve the likelihood of survival. In addition, patients have to follow a very complex regime of monitoring and medication and getting that information to clinicians expeditiously will allow them to review a patient’s condition in real-time as well as to see a more holistic view of the patient’s progress or decline. Dr. Dabbs has acquired almost $3 million in funding from the National Institute of Nursing Research for this project. She also serves as a co-investigator on multiple grants for projects including promoting psychosocial outcomes after living donation, the development of quality of life technologies, and integration of palliative care after lung transplantation. 

Dr. Dabbs is the faculty advisor for the O’Neil-Pitt Nursing Fellowship in Patient Engagement and the co-Director of the School’s T32 Technology: Research in Chronic and Critical Illness Training grant. She was a founding faculty member for the NSF-funded Quality of Life Technology Center (a joint project between Pitt and Carnegie Mellon University) and currently serves on the Expert Panel for Informatics and Technology for the American Academy of Nurses. She has won national recognition for her research and service including being named a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in the Leadership for Academic Nursing. 


Ethics for Advanced Practice Nurses
Qualitative Research Methods



Dr. Dabbs has a secondary appointment in the University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and serves as a scientific reviewer for the NSF-NIH Smart and Connected Health Panel. She was recently selected to participate in the Health and Aging Policy Fellowship in order to impact regulatory policies regarding health technologies. She has served in numerous leadership positions for Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, American Thoracic Society, International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, International Transplant Nurses Society, and America Academy of Nursing, as well as on the board of directors for Pennsylvania State Nurses Association District 6. She is an editorial board member for Qualitative Health Research and a regular reviewer for several journals in her area of expertise.