Janice Scully Dorman (HUGEN '81, EPI '83) was recognized on May 20, 2016, with the Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination at the annual Alumni Awards dinner.
The Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination is presented to an alumnus/na who has made significant contribution to education and dissemination, either in the classroom or in the field.
Dorman is professor of health promotion and development at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing and holds secondary appointments in epidemiology and human genetics at the Graduate School of Public Health. As a genetic epidemiologist, Dorman’s research interests include the clustering of autoimmune diseases in families and use of family health history in primary care for the prevention of chronic disorders, with an emphasis on diabetes and cardiovascular disease. She has had significant impact on international approaches to type 1 diabetes.
Dorman has taught courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level for 29 years, focusing primarily on molecular epidemiology and genetics. She teaches Introduction to Genetics and Molecular Therapeutics for undergraduate and graduate nursing students, as well as Microbiology for undergraduate students and Practicum for Nursing and Health Sciences Education in the School of Nursing. She has also taught Introduction to Molecular Epidemiology and Molecular Epidemiology Laboratory at Pitt Public Health, as well as genetic epidemiology courses at the University of Michigan, in Buenos Aires, and in Beijing. Additionally, for the past 10 years, Dorman has been codirector of an NIH-funded training program titled Targeted Research and Academic Training of Nurses in Genomics.
Dorman has served as associate dean for research at the School of Nursing, on Pitt’s University Research Council, the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Women’s Concerns, and on many public health and epidemiological committees.
Dorman earned her MSHyg degree in human genetics in 1981 and her PhD in epidemiology in 1983 from Pitt Public Health.