Deborah E. Jones, PhD, RN is an Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Department of Acute and Chronic Care. Her BS, BSN, MSN and Ph.D. are from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The majority of Dr. Jones’s nursing career has been spent in cardiovascular nursing including patient care, nurse manager, nursing research, and community outreach. Her dissertation research focused on Educated African American women’s perceptions and knowledge of heart disease and its risk factors. In 2007 Dr. Jones was awarded a Post-Doctoral Supplement from the National Institute of Heart, Lung and Blood. She is engaged in health disparities research and is conducting research in the area of reducing cardiovascular health disparities through the “Partnership Program to Reduce Cardiovascular Disparities”, a UO1 grant at the University of Maryland, Department of Medicine/Hypertension. She has published articles in the Journal of National Black Nurses Association, Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Journal of Occupational Health Nurses, Circulation, and Nursing Outlook just to name a few. She has had experience teaching baccalaureate, masters and doctoral nursing students (DNP and PhD). Student-centered learning principles are at the core of her teaching. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and the Southern Nursing Research Society.