UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Stevens, RN, EdD, ANEF, FAAN, Kathleen R.

School of Nursing
Office for Faculty Excellence
(210) 567-3135

My funded program of health services research emphasizes identifying, designing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based quality improvement and patient safety initiatives for healthcare transformation through knowledge translation, workforce preparation and engagement, and evidence-based quality improvement. As a clinically- and academically-based translational and implementation scientist, I have led multiple interdisciplinary investigative teams examining academic-clinician partnership, team performance, and workforce issues across multiple projects. A 15-year-long position as founding director of the Academic Center for EBP, a sustained center of excellence, has afforded me broad experiences with multiple projects, sharpening my research and project implementation skills in the national Improvement Science Research Network (an AHRQ-registered PBRN), to lead virtual and local translational science teams from multiple professional fields, including patients and engineering. To achieve project objectives, I have designed and tested a national virtual collaboration infrastructure for improvement science, led R&D efforts to build web-based resources for healthcare innovations, and developed a website to support evaluation of improvement interventions. My leadership in healthcare transformation includes leading practice-based initiatives for the CMS/DSRIP Program, a state-led innovation in the quality and value of care. I have led federally funded national professional workforce development programs in the field of translation for improvement and patient safety. My experience reflects that I am an expert in quality improvement, a seasoned scientist with multiple large-scale grants, an effective planner and group leader, and an author in the field. I have been sought out nationally and internationally to lead projects on EBP, implementation science, interprofessional team science and team-based care, contributing to the advancement of the sciences of implementation and translation.

9/2016 - Present Euneice Castella Endowed Distinguished Professor UT Health San Antonio, School of Nursing, San Antonio, TX
9/1995 - Present Professor,tenured University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Office for Faculty Excellence, San Antonio, TX
9/1990 - Present Graduate Faculty University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio-Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, San Antonio, TX