Gwendolyn Maria Mahon, M.Sc., Ph.D.

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Current Position

Dean and Professor,
Rutgers School of Health Professions
Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey


Background and Aspirations

I have spent my close to 30-year career in the healthcare arena. My first job as a senior in high school, continuing as an undergraduate college student, was as a physical therapy “assistant”. I completed my B.Sc. in Biology and my M.Sc. in Molecular Immunology at the University of British Columbia, Canada, followed by a research scientist position at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at UNC Chapel Hill, and ultimately my Ph.D. in Molecular Oncology at Rutgers University, Graduate School of Biomedical Science.

Before joining the Rutgers School of Health Professions (SHP) as associate dean in 2010, I served as the research dean for New Jersey Medical School. In March 2015, I was selected as Dean of Rutgers SHP. What I would bring to the ASAHP Board of Directors is my background in health sciences research, my experience in writing and securing large institutional grants, my experience developing faculty mentoring programs, and my role in the last 3 years in being part of the development of a New Jersey’s first interprofessional faculty practice as part of NJ’s first state-wide academic health center. Over the last year, I have worked with our team at SHP to develop the first physician assistant faculty practice of its kind in the nation, as well as fostered international health professions programs. I would be honored to bring my experience and expertise to serve the ASAHP in moving forward its global presence, IPE and allied health faculty practice models initiatives, as well as its research agenda. It is my aspiration that ASAHP serve as the nation’s premiere organization representing allied health professions in promoting excellence in allied health education, research, clinical practice models, and global service.


ASAHP Activities

Activity I: ASAHP Interprofessional Education Strategic Planning Committee

Activity II: ASAHP International Task Force

Activity III: ASAHP College of Health Deans

Activity IV: Was a participant in the ASAHP leadership program 2010-2011


Related Experience

Experience I: Rutgers Health Council: Steering committee for NJ’s first statewide Academic Health Center, called Rutgers Health. I serve as one of only 10 members on a statewide council.

Experience II: Rutgers Health Group Advisory Council: Advisory Council for NJ’s First Academic Inter-professional Faculty Practice plan, a partnership between Rutgers clinical faculty and Robert Wood Johnson/Barnabus Health System. I represent all allied health professions faculty in my role on this advisory council.

Experience III: Served in several leadership roles as Director, Assistant Dean, Associate Dean, and then Dean at an academic health center over the last 15 years. I have both academic and administrative experience in research and education at a medical school, graduate school of biomedical science, and allied health school. I have a total of 22 years experience at an academic health center. Have served in roles in research, compliance, HR, facilities management, IT, fundraising, faculty affairs, education and curriculum development.

Experience IV: Director for Research and Research Training at a comprehensive cancer center and Assistant Dean for Research at a Medical School. I have developed and supported interdisciplinary research centers of excellence, developed faculty mentoring programs, and have been responsible for a portfolio of 80 million dollars in research funding. I have written a number of successful infrastructure and institutional training grants, totaling about 20 million dollars in extramural funding. I have a distinct expertise in securing funding for institution level projects such as construction and facilities improvements, and institutional training/educational programs.

Experience V: I currently serve as Dean of a large health professions school, located on four campuses across the state, as well as on-line. I oversee program accreditation from 12 different accrediting agencies, as well as oversight of over 50 health professions programs, ranging from high school to doctoral level. The school maintains a student enrollment of approximately 1700 students, 180 full time faculty, 250 part time or volunteer faculty, and 90 staff members. We house the first physician assistant faculty practice of its kind in the country, as well as psychiatric rehabilitation counseling and physical & occupational therapy faculty practices.