Maureen Covelli, an RN and a nursing faculty member at the University of Central Florida since 1989, has been appointed the associate dean for undergraduate affairs at the College of Nursing. She began her new position earlier this month after serving as interim associate dean since August.

Covelli is former chair of the college’s Faculty Association and Leadership Council, and is an associate professor with primary teaching responsibilities in the baccalaureate program. She also holds a courtesy appointment at the University of Florida Department of Physiology and Functional Genomics.

She has published research on hypertension, has developed cardiovascular health-promotion intervention programs to decrease hypertension risk in adolescents, and has presented her research to regional, national and international scientific conferences.

Covelli earned a nursing Ph.D. with a minor in physiology from the University of Florida, a master’s degree in adult health and nursing education from New York University, and a bachelor’s from Hunter College-Bellevue School of Nursing in New York.

She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International honor society for nurses, the International Fetal and Neonatal Physiology Society, the International Society of Nurses in Genetics, the National League for Nursing, the Southern Nursing Research Society, the Society for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, and an inaugural member of the D.H. Barron Reproduction and Perinatal Biology Research Program at the University of Florida.