Erika Friedmann, PhD, has been appointed associate dean of research for the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore. In her new role, Friedmann will provide leadership in the development, implementation and evaluation of strategies for achieving research and scholarship goals, according to a news release.
Friedmann, a professor in UMSON’s department of organizational systems and adult health, teaches research methods and statistics to doctoral students. Her research focuses on social, psychological and physiological contributors to cardiovascular health.
Her research provided the first link between pet ownership and cardiovascular health. It showed pet owners are more likely to survive one year after being hospitalized for heart disease than those who do not own pets, according to the release.
“With her depth of knowledge and experience, I am confident that the research program is in great hands under her leadership as she continues to collaborate with faculty members at the school of nursing, and interprofessionally across the university, to further advance our research agenda,” UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, said in the release.
Friedmann was a founding member of the International Society for Anthrozoology, served as the society’s first president and is a member of its editorial board. She has contributed more than 150 papers to scientific journals, and collaborates and consults with researchers worldwide on anthrozoological research.
Friedmann had been serving as UMSON’s interim associate dean of research since November.