Maureen Keefe RN, PhD, FAAN

Curriculum Vitae

  • Professor and former Dean (2001-2013), Con Nursing



  • Fellow, School of Medicine, Developmental Psychobiology, University of Colorado
  • PhD, Nursing, University of Colorado
  • MS, Nursing, University of Colorado
  • BS, Nursing, University of Michigan

Honors & Awards

  • Nursing Excellence Award. Utah Organization of Nurses Leaders, 10/2015
  • Fellow Western Academy of Nurses. Western Institute of Nursing, 04/2008
  • Distinguished Nurse Researcher. Western Institute of Nursing, 04/2007
  • MCN Research Paper of the Year Award. American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 05/2005
  • Distinguished Service medallion. Sigma Theta Tau International, 05/2003
  • Board of Trustees Citation . Medical University of South Carolina, 05/2001
  • Nursing: Award of Excellence. The South Carolina League of Nursing, 05/1998
  • Alpha Kappa Research Award. Sigma Theta Tau International , 05/1998
  • Research Recognition Award. Gamma Omicron, 05/1997
  • Women of the Year - (TWIN) Award. Charleston YMCA, 05/1996
  • Who's Who in American Nursing. The Society of Nursing Professionals, 05/1993
  • Fellow American Academy of Nursing. American Academy of Nursing, 03/1993
  • Nightingale Award for Excellence in Research. University of Colorado, 05/1989
  • Research in Excellence Award. Sigma Theta Tau , 05/1988
  • People to Watch. Denver Magazine , 05/1988
  • Who's Who in American Nursing . The Society of Nursing Professionals, 05/1988
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Development Psychobiology Research Group, 05/1984
  • Doctoral Dissertation Award of Distinction. University of Colorado, 05/1984
  • Henrietta Loughran Award. Sigma Theta Tau , 05/1984
  • Doctoral Scholarship. University of Colorado, 05/1982
  • NRSA Predoctoral Training Fellowship. National Institutes of Health, 05/1981
  • Book of the Year Award. American Journal of Nursing , 05/1981
  • Graduation with Honors. University of Colorado, 05/1974
  • Graduation with Honors. University of Michigan , 05/1970
  • Induction. Sigma Theta Tau, 05/1969


 Maureen R. Keefe, RN, PhD, FAAN, joined the University of Utah in August 2001 as the dean of the College of Nursing where she served until August 2013. She is a tenured Professor and is a nationally known researcher working in the area of maternal child health care.  Dr. Keefe is a spokesperson for issues affecting the nursing profession, the current nursing faculty shortage and the status of women.  She was appointed by the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services to the HRSA National Advisory Council for Nursing Education and Practice where she served as the chair of the executive committee. Dr. Keefe is a member of the Utah Women’s Forum, the Western Academy of Nurses, a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, and co-chairs the Utah Action Coalition for Health.


  • English, fluent.