Dean and Professor, University of New Mexico College of Nursing
Dr. Ridenour is dean and professor of the University of New Mexico College of Nursing. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow with the Committee on Ways and Means in the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to the health policy fellowship, she served as dean and professor of the College of Nursing at Illinois State University and associate dean at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.
As a certified family nurse practitioner, Dr. Ridenour maintains an active clinical practice. She received Fulbright-Hays grants for study tours of China, Egypt and Jordan. She has consulted extensively on primary care and public health issues in South America, Asia, India, the Middle East, and, most recently, Cuba.
Dr. Ridenour has held leadership positions in the American Nurses Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Public Health Association, the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, the Society of Primary Care Policy Fellows, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The author of numerous journal articles and contributions to books, Dr. Ridenour has focused her career on health policy and improving primary health care for underserved populations. Her awards include two National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships, a primary care policy fellowship from the U.S. Public Health Service, a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellowship, a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship, and induction into the American Academy of Nursing.