Jillian Inouye serves as the associate dean for Research for the Schools of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences. A prolific researcher, Inouye joined UNLV in spring 2013 from the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Nursing. She is a licensed psychologist and psychiatric/mental health nurse.
Her research foci are lifestyle behaviors, health disparities, chronic illness and self-management.
Inouye is also the director of Clinical Research, Education, Mentoring and Career Development Key Core Activity, as part of the $20.3 million Clinical Translational Research Infrastructure Network infrastructure grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Along with her Associate Directors, she will be responsible for the development and availability of all educational content within the project, including the coordination of content with the Clinical Research Design, Epidemiology and Biostatistics key component activity. This Key Core Activity also includes responsibility for achieving all mentoring aims in the project including facilitating mentored clinical and translational research, and for overseeing career development activities for investigators from a wide variety of disciplines and clinical specialties.
Inouye has been the principal investigator of four NIH grants:
- The Center for 'Ohana (family) and Self-Management of Chronic Illnesses to advance knowledge in the field of 'ohana self-management to improve health-related quality of life and reduce health disparities in ethnically diverse populations with chronic illnesses.
- The Office of Research Development to enhance faculty opportunities to secure funding for and conduct collaborative biomedical and behavioral research and engage in research training for faculty and students.
- Cognitive Behavioral Intervention in Diabetes Self-Management to determine the effectiveness of cognitive behavior intervention in enhancing adherence to self-management strategies for Asian/Pacific Islanders with type 2 diabetes, determine the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral intervention in improvement health outcomes of quality of life and glycemic control for Asian/Pacific Islanders with type 2 diabetes, and identify unique response to treatment of Asian/Pacific Islanders with type 2 diabetes.
- An American Recovery and Reinvestment Act diversity supplement.
She also served as principal investigator (PI) of a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant for the first on-line PhD program at University of Hawaii at Manoa; PI of a Fogarty International grant; co-investigator of a Tri-Service grant for use of technology by military public health nurses to prevent child abuse; Core-Co-Director for Community Research Training and Education of a RCMI Multidisciplinary and Translational Research Infrastructure Expansion grant; and faculty mentor of NIH supported Minority Access to Research Careers and the Maternal Child Health-LEND grants.