Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Honorary Degree Recipient

Eileen T. Breslin

Eileen T. Breslin

Eileen T. Breslin, PhD, RN, FAAN, currently serves as Dean of the School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Breslin is the Dr. Patty L. Hawken Nursing Endowed Professor at the UT Health Science Center and also serves as an adjunct professor in Public Health at the University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston.

Among her many accomplished professional activities, Dr. Breslin was Chair of the Board of the American Association of Colleges of Nurses (AACN) in 2016, and is a fellow of both the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) and of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP). Among many accomplishments, Dr. Breslin has been recognized as a Distinguished Practitioner in Nursing by the National Academies of Practice and currently serves on the National Veteran Affairs Academic Affiliation Committee.

Throughout her career, Dr. Breslin has been a leader in initiating programs to improve access to health care for women and vulnerable populations; creating effective partnerships between academia and the community; facilitating access to nursing education to underserved students; and promoting cultural proficiency. In recognition of her contributions, Dr. Breslin received the prestigious President’s Award from the National Association of Hispanic Nurses and the Alumna of the Year Award from the University of Arizona’s School of Nursing.
For 30 years, Dr. Breslin has a sustained record of developing and implementing innovative clinical services and educational models through community partnerships. She has served on national panels to develop best practice guidelines in women’s health and address solutions to the national nursing shortage. She has led the implementation of graduate programs in primary care and public health that are dedicated to promoting and ensuring safe and high-quality care. Of the more than two dozen research projects and training grants Dr. Breslin has led or participated in, her primary clinical research interests include women’s reproductive issues, nursing clinical practice, and violence as it is presented in nursing curricula and drug addiction in the nursing profession.

Dr. Breslin received a BSN from Northern Arizona University. She earned her master’s degree in maternal-newborn nursing from the University of Arizona and her Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado. She is certified nationally as a Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner and her post-doctoral education includes participation as a Summer Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Research and Vulnerable Women’s Institute. Dr. Breslin has held academic appointments at Northern Arizona University, University of Arizona and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.