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Dean & Leadership Team


Leadership for the BYU College of Nursing includes (left to right): Beth Luthy, Kathryn Whitenight, Dean Jane Lassetter, and Julie Valentine.

Meet the Dean

Dr. Jane Hansen Lassetter PhD, RN, FAAN

Dr. Jane Hansen Lassetter PhD, RN, FAAN

Dr. Jane Lasetter’s contributions include regional and international leadership, promotion of cultural sensitivity, and improved health for underserved populations often overlooked in healthcare policy and research.

She received a doctor of philosophy degree from Oregon Health and Science University in 2008 and a graduate certificate in healthcare ethics from Creighton University in 2016. In addition, Dr. Lassetter is proud to have received her associate’s, baccalaureate, and master’s degrees in nursing from Brigham Young University (AS ’81, BS ’98, MS’ 01).

Recognized for her commitment to nursing leadership and the promotion of the public’s health through evidence and innovation, Dr. Lassetter was inducted as a 2019 Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). She is among 2,900 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy, and research who have changed health and healthcare across the country and around the globe.

She was president of the Western Institute of Nursing and the International Family Nursing Association. At the college level, she was an associate dean of graduate studies for three years. She also served on the university graduate council, the university faculty development council, and the university research council.

In addition to her leadership positions, Dr. Lassetter is an active researcher and educator. She was honored with BYU’s Muriel Thole Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellowship in 2016 and received the university’s Alcuin Fellowship in general education in 2011.

Her research interests include obesity prevention in Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander families and children of all ethnicities. In Utah, Nevada, and Hawaii, she has studied the effects of migration on these populations, their personal and cultural expectations for children’s body size and shape, the role of food in their overall well-being, and the relationships between their health literacy, body mass index, and demographic characteristics.

Lassetter joined the faculty at BYU in 2002 as an instructor. She became an assistant professor in 2004, an associate professor in 2010, and a professor in 2016.