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Antonia Villarruel    

Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania; Bilingual & Bicultural Researcher & Leader

Antonia Villarruel is the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. A bilingual, bicultural nurse researcher and leader with extensive experience among Latino and Mexican populations, her research focuses on interventions to reduce sexual risk behaviors among their youth; her program, ¡Cuídate!, has been disseminated nationally.

Villarruel previously held several positions at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, including associate dean for research and global affairs. Among other national leadership roles, she chairs the National Academy of Medicine’s Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity. Her honors include the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame Award.

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