Melanie Creagan Dreher, PhD, RN, FAAN, is John L. and Helen Kellogg Dean and Professor of the College of Nursing of Rush University in Chicago, Illinois. She is a graduate, magna cum laude, of Long Island University School of Nursing and holds a doctorat3e in anthropology from Teachers College and Columbia University where she completed her dissertation with distinction.
In addition to her role as Dean, Dr. Dreher has had a distinguished research career as the principal investigator of several community-based studies examining the health and development of women and children in Jamaica. Her research interests also include cross-cultural studies of the health care systems, the organization and financing of community health care and the effects of substance use on the health, development and task performance in adults and children. Dr. Dreher’s clinical interests lie primarily in public health nursing and the influence of culture in patient-provider communication.
Her post-doctoral career began at Columbia University where she held faculty appointments in both the School of Public Health and the School of Nursing. In 1984, she became Dean and William Ryan Distinguished Professor of Transcultural Nursing at the University Of Miami School Of Nursing. In 1988, she was elected to the American Academy of Nursing. From 1988 to 1997 she was Dean and Professor at the University Of Massachusetts School Of Nursing at Amherst and from 1997 to 2006 she was Kelting Dean and Professor at the University of Iowa College of Nursing and Associate Director University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Dr. Dreher served as President of Sigma Theta Tau International, the International Nursing Honor Society, and was past president of the Council on Nursing.