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 has over 40+ years of clinical experience in managing people with chronic, complex conditions to advance her program of research leverages health IT to promote in patient engagement, active partnerships between patients and clinicians, and health-related quality of life. Dr. DeVito 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 in partnership with their providers. As the PI, Dr. DeVito Dabbs has acquired more than $3 million in funding from the NINR. She is the Co-PI for an NIDDK-funded, multicenter trial and Co-I on multiple grants for projects including the development and testing of quality of life technologies.

Dr. DeVito Dabbs directs the T32 Technology: Research in Chronic and Critical Illness and eHealth Research Hub at the SON. She was a founding faculty member for the NSF-funded Quality of Life Technology Center (a joint project between Pitt and Carnegie Mellon University). She is a member of the Expert Panel for Informatics and Technology for the American Academy of Nurses and has served as a grant reviewer for the Smart & Connect Health. 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. She is the faculty advisor for the O’Neil-Pitt Nursing Fellowship in Patient Engagement  and Technology, a partnership between the SON and GetWellNetwork.

Dr. DeVito Dabbs teaches ethics, research methods, including qualitative and mixed-methods approaches)

Curriculum Vitae (CV)


Research Methods
Advanced Qualitative Methods


Dr. DeVito 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.