New Vice Dean Usha Menon to College of Nursing

Usha MenonUsha Menon, PhD, RN, FAAN, has joined The Ohio State University College of Nursing as vice dean and professor. She most recently held an appointment at the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University where she was the Pamela Kidd Distinguished Researcher Professor, co-director of the T32: Training in Health Disparities Science program, and former director of the Southwest Consortium for Health Promotion and Behavior Change. She also held a joint appointment in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, MN and the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, AZ.  

Prior to ASU, she was an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing and co-PI of the P60 Center for the Elimination of Health Disparities.

Menon’s research focuses on the development and testing of tailored interventions to increase early detection of cancer. A major emphasis in her work has been on increasing early detection among aging and vulnerable populations and the reduction of health disparities in cancer prevention. She teaches across nursing curricula including graduate elective courses in conducting interventions with diverse populations, and conducting integrative literature reviews.

Menon also chaired and taught three Nursing Research Institutes nationally for the Oncology Nursing Society/Foundation, mentoring junior faculty to develop programs of research in oncology nursing. Her community-centered research studies have been implemented in diverse population groups such as African Americans, the Amish community, Chinese American women, Korean Americans, Latinos, sexual minority individuals, and older South Asian immigrants.

She received her doctorate in nursing science and a master of science in nursing from Indiana University, and a bachelor of science in in nursing from Lander University.