Premera and Sauvage Endowed Professors Appointed

Dr. Katherine Camacho Carr and Dr. Janiece DeSocio appointed to endowed professorships

Two endowed professors were appointed within the College of Nursing in 2017. Endowments like these provide funding for the most esteemed faculty to pursue innovative scholarly projects that make a difference in health care delivery and outcomes. Endowed faculty positions are made possible through private gifts to the College of Nursing and support the holder’s scholarship, teaching, and leadership.


Katherine Camacho Carr, PhD, ARNP, CNM, FACNM, FAAN is the Premera Endowed Professor of Nursing in Health Promotion and Care Innovations. This professorship is intended for a nursing faculty member whose scholarship impacts primary health care, prevention, and innovations in care delivery.

Dr. Carr, Professor and DNP Clinical Internship Coordinator, joined the College of Nursing in 2003. She was the N. Jean Bushman Endowed Chair for Vulnerable Populations from 2010 to 2013 and has served in many vital leadership roles, including Assistant Dean of Graduate Education and was one of the key developers of both the Certified Nurse Midwifery and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs.

Dr. Carr is a proponent for women's access to high-quality health care, particularly during their childbearing years. As a pioneer in midwifery, she has opened many doors that have led the way for others to practice full-scope women’s health care. In her early research, she compared birth outcomes for women receiving hospital-based midwifery care with those receiving physician care and found midwifery care produced equivalent birth and safety outcomes with higher patient satisfaction. Those data were used to expand midwifery services throughout the state of Washington and, ultimately, became a national model for midwifery care services.

Her passion for enhancing the well-being of women and children has taken her on a global mission to increase access to safe birthing and midwifery care. She is a frequent consultant in the global arena assisting developing communities with ensuring safe motherhood and child survival.

Dr. Carr is an appointed member of the National Advisory Committee for Nurse Education and Practice and past chair of the National Advisory Committee of the National Health Service Corp. She is also a Fellow of the American College of Nurse-Midwives and the American Academy of Nursing. In 2009, she received the ACNM lifetime achievement award, the Hattie Hemschemeyer Award, recognizing her many contributions to health policy and education.


Janiece DeSocio, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, FAAN is the Sauvage Endowed Professor of Nursing. This endowed professorship, funded in honor of Dr. Lester Sauvage and his wife, Mary Ann Sauvage (BSN '56), is intended for a nursing faculty member whose scholarship impacts cardiac wellness.

Dr. DeSocio is a Professor and the lead faculty for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track of study. During her time at Seattle University, she has contributed to the advancement of nursing education in many roles including Associate Dean and Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Dr. DeSocio played a vital role in the development of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, which culminated in her direction of its successful launch in 2012.

She practices and conducts research in the area of childhood-onset eating disorders. Her scholarly achievements and clinical efforts to work with youth to help alleviate stress and manage disordered eating make an essential contribution to understanding how to set youth on the right path towards cardiac wellness.

She has published on the biobehavioral, emotional, neurologic, and genetic basis of adolescent eating disorders. The mix of evidence (both that she produced through her own research and synthesized across many disciplines) and her clinical astuteness make her publications and practice current, relevant, and effective in shedding light on understanding and therapeutically responding to adolescents who struggle with disordered eating and stress management.

Through contributions to nursing education and leadership in national organizations, she has helped to grow a workforce of nurses prepared to meet the mental health needs of children. Dr. DeSocio was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2013. Since her induction, she initiated a sub-group of the Expert Panel on Psychiatric Mental Health & Substance Abuse on toxic stress and served as a co-chair for the panel in 2015-16. As a member of the International Society of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses (ISPN) she co-authored a white paper on the Preparation of APRNs to “Meet the Needs of Children with Mental Health Problems.” In 2014, she was awarded the Susan McCabe Lectureship by the ISPN, recognizing her for her commitment and contributions to improving the mental health care of children.

For more information about endowed professorships and other ways to support Seattle University, please contact, Laurie Ramacci Noegel, Director of Development at (206) 296-2152 or