Interim Dean Cameron Faustman is pleased to announce that Justin Nash has been appointed professor and head of the Department of Allied Health Sciences (AHS). He fills the vacancy left by Lawrence Silbart, who led the department for the past ten years. Silbart is currently vice provost for strategic initiatives.
Nash received his BA in psychology from the University of Rhode Island, where he graduated with distinction. He earned his MA and PhD from Ohio University in clinical psychology. While earning his doctorate, he interned at the VA Medical Center in West Haven, CT. He completed postdoctoral research at the Pain Evaluation and Treatment Institute at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Nash comes to UConn from Brown University’s Warren Alpert School of Medicine, where he has served for twenty-five years. He leaves his position in the Department of Family Medicine as professor and the director of behavioral health, where he supervised the training of residents in the family medicine residency. Prior to that position, he worked in research, training and patient care in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. He worked principally within Brown’s Clinical Psychology Training Consortium, a group of hospitals and medical centers where student clinicians and postdoctoral fellows complete training. He has concentrated on the primary care setting, training physicians to address behavioral health problems while also preparing psychology residents and fellows to work in primary care.
Nash’s most recent scholarship centers on integrating behavioral health services into primary care settings. In his other related research, he has focused on preparing scientists to address complex health issues. Complex health issues are long-term conditions that diminish a patient’s quality of life, such as suffering from chronic disease, substance abuse and mental health issues.
“The focus of my scholarship and work has been in primary care and in transdisciplinary research training,” says Nash. “I’ve come to understand a lot about the importance of tackling complex health problems from interdisciplinary and interprofessional team-based approaches, whether in the research or medical setting.”
Nash is bringing his collaborative and inclusive approach to AHS.
“I look forward to building on the strengths that exist here and finding new innovative opportunities that consider the changing landscape in health care and science,” says Nash. “UConn is providing me an intriguing and unique opportunity to oversee a department that is rich in its disciplinary diversity. UConn’s commitment to undergraduate education, professional training and its emphasis on externally funded research are strengths that provide numerous growth opportunities.”
“I’m continuing to do research with my colleagues at Brown but most look forward to developing collaborations here within the UConn community. I’m excited to be immersing myself in the department and the college.”
“The College is thrilled to have Justin Nash joining the Department of Allied Health Sciences,” says Faustman. “He is an accomplished scientist and brings extensive experience to his leadership position. I am confident that his efforts with faculty and staff colleagues in the department will advance their teaching, research and outreach missions.”