Established in 2003 by the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Charitable Foundation

Image Credit: David Harp THE LEONARD AND HELEN R. STULMAN CHARITABLE FOUNDATION endowed this professorship to build on two strengths at Johns Hopkins: quality community health programs and expertise in mental illness, according to Walter D. Pinkard Jr., a foundation trustee (pictured left, with other foundation trustees Shale D. Stiller, standing, and Frank T. Gray), a Johns Hopkins University trustee emeritus and Medicine trustee, and chairman of the National Advisory Council for Johns Hopkins Nursing. The Stulman Professor--a nurse scholar, researcher, educator, and clinician--will serve on the faculty in the School of Nursing and the School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

The Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Charitable Foundation was established by LEONARD STULMAN, a Baltimore businessman and philanthropist and Johns Hopkins alumnus, who died in 2000. The foundation earlier provided funding to establish the Leonard and Helen Stulman Jewish Studies Program at Johns Hopkins. During their lifetimes, Mr. Stulman and his wife, HELEN R. STULMAN, made generous gifts to the Jewish community, the arts, music, theater, and to Johns Hopkins, where they endowed the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Professorship in History, a lecture series in history, and fellowships in the humanities.


"This endowment from the Stulman Foundation will play a pivotal role in preparing future generations of mental health nurses."
Martha Hill, Dean, School of Nursing


DEBORAH GROSS, the inaugural Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Professor of Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing, joined Johns Hopkins in a unique dual faculty appointment, building a collaborative program of research and training that bridges the School of Nursing and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the School of Medicine.

Dr. Gross received her BSN and MS degrees from the University of Michigan, and earned a DNSc degree from Rush University in psychiatric nursing. She joined the faculty at Rush in 1987 and chaired the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health in 2004-2006, then became associate dean for research and scholarship before joining Johns Hopkins in 2007. A nationally recognized expert in children’s mental health, her research has explored interventions to promote healthy relationships between parents and children five years and younger, with an emphasis on family-based interventions for low-income people of color. Dr. Gross serves on the editorial boards of Nursing Outlook and Research in Nursing & Health.