promoted faculty
Four faculty members earned promotions in summer 2024: Ha Do Byon, Beth Quatrara, Meghan Mattos, and Ishan Williams.

The UVA Board of Visitors has approved the promotions of four of our faculty members: Ha Do Byon and Beth Quatrara are now associate professors, while Meghan Mattos is a tenured associate professor and Ishan Williams has earned the rank of tenured full professor.

Ha Do Byon, UVA School of NursingHa Do Byon, PhD, MS, MPH, RN

Byon—a former community health nurse in Harlem, NY—studies workplace violence in healthcare settings, and is particularly interested in violence experienced by home health professionals, more than half of whom report non-physical violence and 15% of whom are physically threatened.

His expertise in biostatistics, epidemiology, and community health positions him well as both an educator and creator of reporting and tracking systems to ensure home visiting nurses’ safety and well-being.

Beth Quatrara, UVA School of NursingBeth Quatrara, DNP, RN, CMSRN, ACNS-BC

Quatrara—director of the DNP program and coordinator of the CNS master’s track—has taught, mentored, and practiced across a variety of environments: from working with nurses at UVA Health to change pediatric platelet administration protocols to developing finance- and business-related curricula for doctoral students.

Winner of an All-UVA Teaching Award earlier this year, Beth also oversees and mentors students enrolled in the School’s CNS master’s track, and has also taught students, faculty, and staff emergency response skills through “Stop the Bleed” and suicide awareness programs. 

Meghan Mattos, UVA School of NursingMeghan Mattos, PhD, RN, CNL

Mattos—an alumna of our CNL program whose NIH-funded research focuses on the prevention and treatment of cognitive impairment in older adults—works across community health spaces as well, having earned grants to assess home-visiting programs for rural elderly residents, improve patients’ sleep while in the hospital, and to understand whether digital health interventions promoting sleep hygiene slow the onset of dementia among individuals with mild cognitive decline.


Ishan Williams, UVA School of NursingIshan Williams, PhD, FGSA

Williams is a social and behavioral scientist who studies topics related aging, quality of life, and support of those with dementia and their caregivers. Her science is wide-ranging and important: from her work in end-of-life and palliative care, caregiver stress, and care transitions, to her engagement with communities of color, including her latest NIH-funded work that seeks to ensure that healthcare AI is fed by diverse, trustworthy data.

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She collaborates across disciplines and mediums (with medicine, biology, psychology, through advisory boards, film, and her engagement with community groups), is a UVA Shannon Fellow, a MLK UVA Health award recipient, a Marshall Gerontology Fellow, and served as president of the Southern Gerontological Society.