Diana J. Mason (‘70 BS)
Diana J. Mason, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1970. She earned her master’s degree in nursing from St. Louis University in 1977 and graduated from New York University with a doctorate in nursing research theory development in 1987. Dr. Mason is editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Nursing, the oldest and most widely read nursing journal in the world. The magazine is one of the first U.S. periodicals managed and edited by women, and published its 100th anniversary edition in 2000. It boasts a circulation of approximately 350,000.
Dr. Mason is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the New York Academy of Medicine. She has a longstanding record as a scholar, researcher, speaker and activist on nursing and health policy issues. Her book, Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care, is the leading text on the topic and is a standard in nursing classrooms. From 1995-1999, Dr. Mason, was associate dean for Graduate Studies and professor at Pace University Lienhard School of Nursing.
As a community leader and youth advocate, she continues to keep students a top priority. Dr. Mason is the project director for Youth Pulse, a monthly radio show aired on New York City Public Radio that helps to educate teens on substance abuse, and serves as co-producer and moderator of Healthstyles, an award winning radio program in New York City. She has served as director of nursing education and research for the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, N.Y., where she resides.
Dr. Mason has served in leadership positions of nursing organizations at he local, state and national levels. She is currently a member of the West Virginia University School of Nursing Visiting Committee.