Michele (“Mickey”) Eliason was appointed assistant dean in August of 2015. She has been a professor in Department of Health Education at SF State since 2007. Previously, she spent 20 years on the faculty of the University of Iowa, where she was the first director of the Sexuality Studies Program and professor of nursing. She has a background in nursing and psychology and has clinical and research experience in hospitals, clinics, community-based treatment agencies and a womenʼs prison.
Eliason’s research interests are primarily in the area of LGBTQ health. In 2013 she was awarded a lifetime achievement award for this body of work by a national advocacy group: GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality. She has written extensively about these issues and is the primary author of “LGBTQ Cultures: What Health Care Professionals Need to Know About Sexual and Gender Diversity,” the second edition of which was published by Lippincott in 2015. Eliason earned her Ph.D. in pediatric and educational psychology at the University of Iowa in 1984.