Elizabeth Dickson, PhD, RN is an assistant professor with The University of New Mexico (UNM) College of Nursing Research Team. She received her Doctor of Philosophy from UNM in 2018, her Master of Science in Nursing from Samuel Merritt College in 2000 and her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State University, Sacramento, in 1991. Dickson was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nursing and Health Policy Fellow from 2013 - 2018. Her dissertation research explored the content and delivery of sexual health education in New Mexico public secondary schools, and identified the various levels of influence on those responsible for implementing policy related to sexual health education.
As a career public health nurse, Dickson has worked with federal, state, and local public health agencies including the New Mexico Department of Health and the Indian Health Service, with extensive public health program experience. Her research interests include adolescent health, school health and education, health policy, public health, and community-engaged research. She has been a co-investigator with research grants with faculty in public health, medicine, and social sciences. Dickson is a member of the American Public Health Association, American Nurses Association, National Association of School Nurses, and Sigma Theta Tau. She serves on the board of the New Mexico Alliance for School-Based Health Care and has been a member of several state-wide advisory boards focused on adolescent health and education.