Dr. Angela Barron McBride

Distinguished Professor - University Dean Emerita, School of Nursing
Indianapolis, Indiana
United States

Focus Areas

Leadership Development


Angela Barron McBride is Distinguished Professor and University Dean Emeritus at Indiana University School of Nursing. She received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Georgetown University, her master's degree in psychiatric-mental health nursing from Yale University, and her PhD in developmental psychology from Purdue University. She is known for her contributions to women's health, particularly the psychology of parenthood, and to psychiatric nursing. Her first book The Growth and Development of Mothers was recognized as one of the best books of 1973 by both The New York Times and the American Journal of Nursing. She went on to author Living with Contradictions: A Married Feminist {1976) and How to Enjoy A Good Life with Your Teenager {1987), which was a selection of Psychotherapy Book Review. Her book Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing: Integrating the Behavioral and Biological Sciences (co-edited with Joan K. Austin) earned a 1996 Book-of-the-Year Award from the American Journal of Nursing. In recent years, she has focused her scholarly attention on leadership development-how to orchestrate a career; the nursing leadership demanded by IOM's quality reports;how the informatics revolution is changing practice. In 2011, Springer published her latest book entitled The Growth and Development of Nurse Leaders which won the PROSE Award that year for the category "Nursing and Allied Health" (Prose Awards are the premier awards for outstanding professional and scholarly publishing in the United States). Her own leadership experience includes serving as president of Sigma Theta Tau International {1987-89) during the building of the International Center for Nursing Scholarship in Indianapolis, and as president of the American Academy of Nursing (1993-95). She has served on various statewide and national policyshaping boards which include the National Advisory Mental Health Council of the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration {1987-91), NIH's Office of Research on Women's Health {1997-2001), and Indiana University Health (2004-16). Passing on her leadership savvy, she spent 15 years designing the annual leadership conference sponsored by the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, has chaired the national advisory committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Nurse Faculty Scholars Program, and was the founding chair of the national advisory council for the American Academy of Nursing's Institute for Nursing Leadership. For her contributions, she has been honored with various professional awards-for example, the "Outstanding Contributions to Nursing and Health Psychology" Award of the American Psychological Association's Division on Health Psychology, Sigma Theta Tau lnternational's Melanie Dreher Award for her abilities as a dean, the Ross Products Pioneering Spirit Award of the American Association of CriticalCare Nurses, the Melva Jo Hendrix Award for Leadership of the International Society for Psychiatric Nurses, and the National League for Nursing's President's Award-and seven honorary doctorates,elected to the National Academy of Medicine, and designated as a "Living Legend" by the American Academy of Nursing.