Meet the Sauvage Endowed Professorship in Nursing Recipients

Drs. Gayle Robinson and Mo-Kyung Sin are recipients of the Dr. Lester and Mary Ann Sauvage Endowed Professorship in Nursing for 2023-2024. This professorship named in honor of Dr. Lester and Mary Ann Sauvage, BSN '56, focuses on wellness, disease prevention, and health promotion to improve the physical, emotional and spritual quality of life to help individuals maintain heart health and

Gayle Robinson, PhD, MN, BSN, RN

Gayle Robinson, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor, Gayle Robinson, PhD, MN, BSN, RN, joined Seattle University College of Nursing in 2015, and is dedicated to advancing nursing education and research, particularly in African Heritage women's health and HIV prevention.

Her achievements include authoring seven peer-reviewed publications and serving as a co-PI on an innovative Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) grant project to advance anti-racist solutions in nursing. Funds from the RWJF enabled Dr. Robinson and her colleagues at University of Massachusetts, Amherst to build upon their work achieved through interviews and documentaries developed as part of the Reckoning with Racism in Nursing project:

Dr. Robinson champions service-learning in her courses, mentors Doctor of Nursing Practice students and partners with community groups to improve chronic disease management. As an active committee member in the Mary Mahoney Professional Nursing Organization, she has served in multiple leadership roles on the executive board.

Dr. Robinson fosters intergenerational conversations about health care practices and management and has received recognition from her peers and community members for her academic excellence and community service. In 2021, she was the recipient of a Community Health Excellence Award from NW Asian Weekly Foundation for her volunteer efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic providing education about PPE for community health workers with the Center for Multicultural Health and doing wellness checks in partnership with Sister’s In Common to offer support to individuals during times of home isolation or quarantine.

Her current endeavors include continued work on a documentary focused on racism in nursing and enhancing BSN program courses, reflecting her unwavering commitment to enriching nursing practice and quality of health care that can be provided to community members.

Mo-Kyung Sin, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA

Mo-Kyung Sin, PhD, RN, FGSA
Dr. Mo-Kyung Sin is a Professor at SU College of Nursing. Since joining SU in 2004, Dr. Sin has consistently pursued her research into the influence of cardiovascular disease on the development of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. 

Her early experiences as a cardiac nurse working in telemetry and with heart transplant patients on an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), informed the direction of her future research. In her doctoral dissertation, she explored behavioral management of diet and exercise on cardiac rehabilitation participants. Then went on to research cardiac health promotion among elderly Korean immigrants. In time her research evolved to include the heart and brain connection, especially Alzheimer’s and Parkinson disease.

In 2019, Dr. Sin was selected for the distinguished Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at the Parkinson’s Foundation and received the program’s 2021 Alumni Award for her outstanding contribution in educating others and nursing students on Parkinson disease.

A strong advocate for student success, Dr. Sin has mentored both nursing students and alumni through the Parkinson Disease Nursing Student Ambassador Program, which she implemented in 2020 with funding from the Parkinson’s Foundation. She expanded the current program in 2021 to the Alzheimer Disease and Parkinson Disease Ambassador Program with a seed grant from the College of Nursing. The ambassador programs were designed to provide nursing students with necessary knowledge and competency when caring for patients with Alzheimer disease and/ or Parkinson disease and evidence-based practice skills through case-study manuscript development.

She currently has two National Institutes of Health (NIH)/ National Institute on Aging (NIA) funded grants to pursue her research on blood pressure, cerebral vasculopathies (arteriolosclerosis, cerebral amyloid angiopathy), cerebral microinfarcts and dementia. Dr. Sin is the first awardee of two NIH grants as a lead investigator at the College of Nursing.

Dr. Sin is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) and Gerontological Society of America (FGSA). She is a current vice-chair of the GSA’s Health Sciences Section, with plans to become chair in 2025. She was recognized recently for her contributions to cardiac health with an invitation from the Journal of Clinical Medicine to be a guest editor for its special issue on "New and Emerging Concepts in Hypertension and Cognition in Older Adults." She also serves as an NIH grant reviewer and editorial board member of Asian Nursing Research, the official peer-reviewed research journal of the Korean Society of Nursing Science.

For more information about Endowed Chairs and Professorships at Seattle University College of Nursing contact, Peggy O’Boyle Fine, Senior Director of Development at 206-296-1896 or 

Friday, February 16, 2024