Shirley S. Travis, PhD, APRN, FAAN
Dean, College of Nursing and Health Science, George Mason University
Dr. Shirley Travis is Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Science at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Georgia State University and her PhD in Human Development: Adult Development and Aging from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). She has held administrative, educative, and clinical positions in acute and long-term care, and is a certified Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist.
Dr. Travis’ research and publications address the patterns of care that dependent older adults and their family caregivers require over time. Her research on end of life care focuses on transitions in care from active curative treatment to palliation modes of care in long-term care settings. Dr. Travis’ awards and honors include the 2002 Janssen Eldercare Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to the health care of older Americans, 2001 Academic Gerontologist of the Year by the Southern Gerontological Society for her record of applied research in long-term care, and the 2000 Springer Geriatric/Gerontological Nursing Research Award for her work on end of life research. From 2001 to 2004, Dr. Travis served as a Pope Eminent Scholar of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Human Development and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Institute. Dr. Travis has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles, books, and book chapters on aging and long-term care.
Dr. Travis maintains involvement in numerous professional organizations and service activities. In addition to committee appointments and advisory committee assignments, she is a Past President of the National Gerontological Nursing Association and current Chair Elect of the Clinical Medicine Section of the Gerontological Society of America. Dr. Travis is a Fellow of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, the Gerontological Society of America - Clinical Medicine Section, the National Gerontological Nursing Association, and the American Academy of Nursing.