Annette DeVito Dabbs, RN, PhD, FAAN

Professor and Department Chair, Acute & Tertiary Care School of Nursing, The University of Pittsburgh

Dr. DeVito Dabbs received her BSN from Kent State University, Masters in Nursing from the University of Washington, and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh before joining the faculty in 2003. She has over 40 years of clinical experience in the management of persons with chronic conditions and holds licensure and certification as an APRN (ACNS-BC). Her contributions to health care reflect the duality of her career as a clinician and an academic researcher. Her federally funded research has focused on the role of quality of life technologies in promoting self-management of chronic conditions, including older adults.

Dr. DeVito Dabbs has recently directed her attention to how the push for consumer adoption of technology, prompted by the HITECH Act and financial incentives to health providers from Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), are becoming increasingly critical for older adults’ receipt of quality health care, interactions with health providers, and engagement in health care.