Dr. Anita Molzahn was appointed dean of the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta for a five-year term, effective July 1, 2008. She began her second five-year term as dean on July 1, 2014.
Dr. Molzahn has a clinical background in nephrology nursing. Her area of scholarly interest relates to quality of life, particularly in relation to chronic illness. She has also conducted studies examining innovative health care innovations and models, often using quality of life as an outcome measure. She conducts both quantitative and qualitative research and is involved in a number of research projects relating to experiences of people with serious life limiting illnesses.
Molzahn has received numerous accolades for her work, including the Ethel Johns Award from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing and the American Nephrology Nurses Association's Nephrology Nurse Researcher Award. She was also honoured with two of the Registered Nurses Association of British Columbia's awards, the Award for Distinction in Nursing and for Excellence in Nursing Administration and, in 1997, she was listed in the World Who's Who of Women. In 2009, she was inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.