New PN Department Chair

The UC San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing welcomes the appointment of Janine Cataldo as Chair of the Department of Physiological Nursing (PN), effective July 1, 2016.

Headshot of Janine Cataldo

Janine completed her PhD at New York University (NYU) School of Nursing and post-doc at NYU School of Medicine in rehabilitation psychology. She joined Rutgers University’s School of Nursing faculty, completed a second post-doc in psychosocial oncology at University of Pennsylvania, and joined the faculty at Yale. Janine then moved to the West Coast, and took several years off to be with her two daughters. To re-launch her career, Janine completed a Fellowship at the UCSF Center for Tobacco Control and Education (CTCRE). She joined the UCSF School of Nursing faculty, first in 2008 as an assistant adjunct professor in Social and Behavioral Sciences; and one year later, she joined the Department of Physiological Nursing as a tenure-track Assistant Professor.

Janine’s research has two pathways. Her work has studied tobacco-related stigma among patients being treated for lung cancer. This has led to developing emergent technology that has patients interact with avatars in a virtual clinical setting. This structured experience provides patients preparation to safely navigate a complex health care setting.

The other pathway, involves smoking among the elderly. Tobacco marketing among youth has been at the forefront of public attention; in contrast, smoking among the elderly has not been a focus area. Smoking among the elderly has adverse health consequences, including short-term. Janine’s work includes an investigation of how perceptions of tobacco industry marketing and tobacco control messages impact the smoking behaviors of older adults. Additionally, Janine is advancing tobacco regulatory science related to older adults and the use of new and emerging tobacco products.

Last year, Janine solidified strong collaborative relationships across the School’s clinical, education, research, operations, and finance areas while leading as interim director for the UCSF CTCRE and as Faculty Council chair. She has taught in both our Masters and PhD programs and possesses strong management experience from the tertiary hospital setting on psych-mental health units. Janine also previously led Yale’s School of Nursing Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program as co-director.

Headshot of Meg Wallhagen

In a message to the School of Nursing, the Dean extended our deep gratitude for Department Chair Margaret (Meg) Wallhagen’s skills, expertise, and dedication. Meg has led the Department of Physiological Nursing for nearly three years. She returns to professorship in July and looks forward to being able to focus on progress with her extensive hearing loss research. During Meg’s interim leadership, she spurred the PN department to even greater heights—hosting three research jamborees, where PN researchers converged to creatively collaborate and identify synergies for novel research activities. Meg enthusiastically and creatively led the Physiological Nursing department during this time.

Thank you Meg. And, welcome Janine to your leadership role—we are thrilled to have you in this new position.