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Irene A Jillson

Title

Assistant Professor on the Research Track

Department

Department of Nursing
General profile

Location

St Mary's Hall

Bio

Dr. Irene Anne Jillson, Assistant Professor, Georgetown University, School of Nursing and Health Studies, teaches in the School of Nursing and Health Studies (NHS), School of Medicine and the School of Foreign Service. She has designed and launched courses in global health ethics, global health systems and politics and global health research. She also teaches medical ethics, graduate and undergraduate health research, and physician role and behavior. Dr. Jillson, who has a PhD in technology policy and management from Westminster University, was founder and President of Policy Research Incorporated, a private research firm that carried out local, national and international health and social policy research studies for more than 25 years. She has conducted extensive policy research and provided technical assistance and policy advice, particularly but not exclusively in Latin America and the Caribbean and in the Middle East and North Africa. This has ranged from national strategic planning to community-based participatory research addressing a wide range of health, social policy and other multi-sectoral issues, including for example services and systems integration, information systems, drug abuse and other behavioral health conditions, bioethics, HIV/AIDS (including a study of stigma and HIV/AIDS), maternal and child health, disabilities and rehabilitation, gender equity, youth issues generally, maternal and child and adolescent health, nursing roles and responsibilities and engagement in technology development and diffusion, systems planning and evaluation. Dr. Jillson’s focus on bioethics includes research, teaching, mentoring of students, and providing assistance in the development and implementation of institutional review board and clinical ethics committees in the U.S. and other countries. She is currently Principal Investigator of a project to strengthen bioethics programs in Yemen, advisor to the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences on several projects related to bioethics, and advisor on other bioethics projects. She was Co-Principal Investigator of the landmark Comprehensive Study of the Ethical, Legal and Social Issues of Biomedical and Behavioral Research and Technology, and co-led the first international conference on social and ethical issues related to HIV/AIDS—held in Stockholm in 1984. She is frequently invited as a plenary speaker on global health ethics issues at conferences from Stockholm to Tehran to McAllen, Texas and has presented lectures related to bioethics, including a webinar for health clinicians throughout Latin America. In other heath research, she currently is also Co-Investigator of an NIH-funded study of drug abuse among youth in Egypt and is principal advisor to a number of World Bank studies of youth. She was the principal research advisor to a World Bank study of access to and quality of primary health care services in Egypt, which in 2012 won the top award for research (knowledge capture) at the the first World Bank "Knowlympics", an internal competition on knowledge work.

Prior to joining Georgetown University in 2003, Dr. Jillson, who has a PhD in technology policy and management from Westminster University, was founder and President of Policy Research Incorporated, a private research firm that carried out local, national and international health and social policy research studies for more than 25 years.



1974-2004
President, Policy Research Incorporated (PRI.
Dr. Jillson provided leadership, management and technical guidance to the organization’s wide ranging work in research and analysis of policy and program issues, as well as management services and analyses, for government, international and private organizations in the U.S. and other countries. This work focuses on design and application of research and evaluation methods to support and inform decision-making and program and project design and implementation at the international, national, state and local levels. Areas of experience include, for example: policy planning and evaluation, particularly in health and social services; research design, including a focus on combining qualitative and quantitative methods, and participatory research; use of telecommunications systems for knowledge transfer and participatory development planning; information systems; intersectoral development issues; comparative analysis of international economic and social data; and design and evaluation of national and regional development strategies. Specific health and social issues in which Dr. Jillson has conducted research include for example substance abuse and mental health; occupational stress; family violence; HIV/AIDS; health and socioeconomic status of disadvantaged populations; health and social status of adolescents; health care financing; and integration of health and social services.

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Education

  • PhD () ,

Languages

  • Arabic ()
  • French ()
  • Portuguese ()
  • Spanish ()