Deans of CHS/SON
College of Health Sciences
Dr. Dharamsi is the Dean of the College of Health Sciences and Peter De Wetter Distinguished Professor of Health Sciences at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). He received his Ph.D. in 2003 from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where he went on to teach and earn tenure in the Faculty of Medicine. His research is primarily in the domain of public health with a focus on social accountability, ethics, global health, health inequities, and medical education. Immediately prior to joining UTEP, Dr. Dharamsi served as Founding Associate Dean of Social Accountability, Professionalism, and Community and Global Engagement for the School of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. His work has been published widely and funded through prominent foundations and research agencies. He has extensive education, research and community development experience in Asia and Africa, as well as in Canada and the U.S.
School of Nursing
Over the past 30 years Dr. Provencio-Vasquez has been a clinician, educator, administrator, and researcher. He is the first Hispanic male in the United States to receive a PhD in nursing and is well known nationally and internationally for his work with “at risk women” and their families. Dr. Provencio-Vasquez is an experienced neonatal and pediatric nurse practitioner. His background and expertise is primary care and developmental assessments of HIV and drug exposed infants, children and adolescents. Dr. Provencio-Vasquez is a pioneer in creating innovative nursing approaches (home intervention) for mothers with substance use disorders and their children.
He served as Associate Dean at University of Miami and was the former Director for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program at University of Texas-Houston and University of Maryland. He has published and presented in numerous nursing, community and interdisciplinary forums. Currently, he is the principal investigator on two funded research projects: Packaging Project SEPA; A Proven HIV Behavioral Intervention for Use with Latinas at Highest Risk of Acquiring HIV (CDC) and Project VIDA; Violence, Intimate Relationships, and Drugs among Latinos (NIH).
Dr. Provencio-Vasquez served on the Task Force on Education and Regulation of Professional Nursing Practice for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. He is a former member of the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice, Health Resources and Services Administration and a current member of the National Advisory Committee of the New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Programs, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and American Association of Colleges of Nursing. He is past President of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners where he raised awareness, value and appropriate compensation for nurse practitioners during his term. In addition, he holds “fellowship” status in several prestigious national organizations: United States Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Program; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Developing Leadership and Reducing Substance Abuse; American Association of Colleges of Nursing Leadership for Academic Nursing Programs; American Academy of Nurse Practitioners; American Academy of Nursing and Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Fellows Program.