Our Leadership

Eileen K. Fry-Bowers, PHD, JD, RN, CPNP, FAAN

Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions

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School of Law Dean Susan Freiwald.

Dr. Fry-Bowers' unique professional background includes clinical nursing practice and leadership, academic roles in nursing, public health and medicine, service in the United States Navy Nurse Corps, and an education in law and health policy. Specifically, her clinical experience includes caring for adult and pediatric populations across multiple health care settings, including acute care facilities, specialty and community-based clinics, and military facilities. As an educator, she has been a faculty member at schools of nursing, public health, and medicine advancing in rank, role and responsibility.

As a scholar, Dr. Fry-Bower's research has primarily focused on policy analysis and commentary on the care of vulnerable pediatric populations, especially underserved children and youth with special health care needs. As a leader, in addition to senior academic positions, she has managed local, regional and national community-based public health initiatives and served on the board of directors for several not-for-profit organizations and a county commission.

Dr. Fry-Bowers' broad knowledge and expansive skills have prepared her to lead and build the future of nursing and health professions at the University of San Francisco. She is an energetic, motivated and compassionate clinician, educator, scholar and leader whose abilities and aspirations are well suited to supporting the USF School of Nursing and Health Professions' mission and strategic goals.

"The pandemic marks an inflection point for those in nursing and the health professions, and my commitment to transforming health care and eliminate health inequity has never been stronger" said Dr. Fry-Bowers.

Megan O'Banion, PsyD

Senior Associate Dean, School of Nursing and Health Professions (SONHP)

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School of Law Dean Susan Freiwald.

Dr. O’Banion brings a deep background in leading university-based health professions programs. Her most recent role was Dean of the American School of Professional Psychology (APA-accredited) at Argosy University, where she also previously served as faculty and Director of Clinical Training. Before this position, she taught and held leadership positions in university and clinical settings throughout California educating and training Health Service Psychologists across integrated healthcare treatment settings.

Dr. O’Banion’s academic and clinical work spans a wide range of areas within the health professions, with particular expertise in adolescent psychology, trauma, support for underserved populations, program development, and evidenced-based community outreach. Her commitment to education and training is evident in numerous elected positions within the field.

She is the 2017 President-Elect (Presidential Term 2018-2019) of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP); Northern California Doctoral Program Representative (2015-2018) at the California Psychology Internship Council Board of Directors (CAPIC); and Editorial Board Member (September 2015-present) for the Journal of Clinical Case Reports in the International Journal of Psychology & Behavior Analysis.

Her latest presentation in January 2018, along M.G., Wilson, T., Rothery, C., & Howell, G. called “Power and privilege in today’s classroom: Faculty perspectives” was presented at the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology Mid-Winter 2018 Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

She holds advanced degrees in Clinical Psychology from The Wright Institute (APA-accredited) in Berkeley.

Dr. O’Banion is not only committed to excellence in higher education and the health professions, but also to preparing leaders who leverage their expertise in service of at-risk and high-needs populations.