Speakers

Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN

Senior Policy Service Professor at the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement, George Washington University School of Nursing


Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Senior Policy Service Professor at the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement, George Washington University School of Nursing; and Professor Emerita at Hunter College, where she held the Rudin Endowed Chair and founded the Center for Health, Media & Policy. She is the Programme Director for the International Council of Nurses’ Global Nursing Leadership Institute, a past President of the American Academy of Nursing, and former editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Nursing. She has produced and hosted radio programs on health and health policy since 1985, and currently hosts HealthCetera in the Catskills on WIOX Radio. She has served as the only health professional on the National Advisory Committee for Kaiser Health News since its inception in 2009. Dr. Mason is the lead editor of the book, Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care, and blogs on policy for JAMA Health Forum. She is the principal investigator on a 2017 replication of the 1997 Woodhull Study on Nurses and the Media published in 2018 in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship and an additional analysis of journalists’ experiences with using nurses as sources in health news stories, published in the American Journal of Nursing. She is Chair of the National Advisory Board for the Rush Center Health and Social Care Integration and of the Steering Committee for the Catskills Addiction Coalition. She serves on the boards of directors for the Primary Care Development Corporation, Public Health Solutions, and Margaretville Hospital (part of the Westchester Medical Health Network). She was the only nurse serving on the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s committee and report on Integrating Social Care into the Delivery of Health Care. She is the recipient of numerous awards for policy, leadership, dissemination of science, writing, education, public health, media and advocacy; most recently the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Health Policy by the New York Academy of Medicine in 2019 and the Archon Award for Leadership from Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honorary Society and the Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at Villanova University Transformational Leadership Award in 2021. Dr. Mason received a BSN from West Virginia University, MSN from St. Louis University, and PhD from New York University; and holds an honorary doctorate of science degree from West Virginia University and an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Long Island University.