Lenette Jones named Nancy S. and Michael B. McLelland Professor of Nursing

Earlier this month, Lenette Jones, PhD, RN was named the Nancy S. and Michael B. McLelland Professor of Nursing. Dr. Jones is the first to hold this professorship.

Dr. Jones is a behavioral nurse scientist interested in eliminating the health disparities affecting African-American women with hypertension. Her program of research is focused on uncovering the mechanisms – biological, psychological, social, and physical – of self-management interventions. She uses neuroimaging (fMRI) to explore the neuroprocesses associated with self-management behaviors, such as diet, exercise, and medication-taking. She also examines how health information behavior (seeking, sharing, and use) can be enhanced to support blood pressure self-management. In her current studies, Dr. Jones is designing and pilot-testing interventions to improve self-management of blood pressure among African American women.

Dr. Jones is highly regarded for her expertise in health equity, social determinants of health, and community-based participatory research, said the U-M School of Nursing in a social media post announcing the appointment.

Dr. Jones was a REC mentee with the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center from 2018 – 2020. She now serves on the Leaders Initiative contributing to the Administrative Core.

Dr. Jones’ work focusing on blood pressure control for African American women is critical in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

“I’m thrilled being appointed the inaugural Nancy S. and Michael B. McLelland Professor of Nursing. As a nurse leader, cardiovascular health scientist, and health equity advocate, I am dedicated to eliminating healthcare inequalities. I will work in partnership with others committed to advancing University of Michigan School of Nursing’s mission to provide healthcare for all in need,” said Jones.