Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN is the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Co-Director of the School's WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership. Villarruel also holds an appointment as Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania. As a bilingual and bicultural nurse researcher, Dr. Villarruel has extensive research and practice experience with diverse Latino and Mexican populations, and health promotion and health disparities. She incorporates a community-based participatory approach and has been the PI/Co-PI of over eight randomized clinical trials on reducing high-risk behaviors in teens. She developed one such program to reduce sexual risk behavior among Latino youth ‚ entitled ¡Cuídate! which was disseminated nationally.
Additionally, Dr. Villarruel has assumed leadership in many national and local organizations. She currently chairs the National Academy of Medicine's Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity. She also co-chairs the Strategic Advisory Council of the AARP/RWJ Center for Health Policy Future of Nursing Campaign for Action. Dr. Villarruel is a Trustee of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation and an invited member of the Aspen Health Strategy Group. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine as well as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. She is recipient of many awards and honors including: the President's Award for Health Behavior Intervention Research from the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research and the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame Award.
Villarruel earned her BSN from Nazareth College, an MSN from the University of Pennsylvania and her PhD in nursing from Wayne State University.