Deans of CHS/SON
College of Health Sciences
Dr. Dharamsi is the Dean of the College of Health Sciences and Charles H. & Shirley T. Leavell Endowed Chair in 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
Dr. Leslie Robbins is the interim dean of the School of Nursing.
Dr. Robbins is a professor of nursing and has served as associate dean of graduate education at the UTEP School of Nursing. She brings over 40 years of experience in nursing with a special focus on nursing administration and nursing education. She joined UTEP in 2009, and quickly was instrumental in the School's efforst to establish the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in 2010.
Dr. Robbins has spent the majority of her career in the Southwest. Prior to UTEP, she served as associate professor and associate director for graduate studies at New Mexico State University, where she developed a grant-supported distance education Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program that helped increase the number of mental health practitioners across the nation. Dr. Robbins received a bachelor's degree in nursing from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, a master's degree in nursing from UTEP, and doctoral degree in nursing from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She is a certified adult psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, and an adult psychiatric and mental health clinical nurse specialist. In 2014, she was inducted into the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.