Lin Zhan, PhD, RN, FAAN

Position Title
Dean and Professor

Lin Zhan joins the UCLA School of Nursing after serving as dean of the University of Memphis Loewenberg College of Nursing.

Zhan was the chief academic officer for the college’s programs on two campuses in Memphis and Jackson, Tennessee. Prior to her appointment at the University of Memphis in 2010, Zhan served as professor and dean of the School of Nursing at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, leading the school’s programs on three campuses in Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts, and Manchester, New Hampshire.

From 2003 to 2008, she was professor and director of the doctoral program in nursing and health promotion at the University of Massachusetts Lowell School of Health and Environment, and before that spent 10 years on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Boston’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and four years as clinical faculty at the head trauma center of West China Medical University.

In addition to her work on health equity, Zhan’s scholarly interests are focused on developing better measures for health-related behaviors and higher education diversity and workforce development. She has published more than 100 articles and edited six books and is frequently invited to give keynote speeches and professional presentations.

Zhan serves on the editorial boards of a number of journals including Nursing Report, Journal of Gerontological Nursing, and Journal of Aging and Geriatric Medicine. In 2001, she was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Zhan is an honorary professor at 10 universities in China, and has been board treasurer of American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

In 2020, Zhan was named as one of the “Visionaries in Geriatric Nursing: A Legacy for the Future” in the Journal of Geriatric Nursing, and in 2012 as one of the top 100 nursing professors in the United States by Zhan is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the National League for Nursing Outstanding Leadership Award in Nursing and Education in 2010.

Zhan received her bachelor’s degree from West China Medical University, her masters of science in nursing from Boston University, and doctorate from Boston College.