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Barbara Kavanagh Haight

Barbara Kavanagh Haight, American nursing educator, consultant, researcher.


  • Haight, Barbara Kavanagh was born on May 10, 1937 in Middletown, Connecticut, United States. Daughter of Arthur Francis and Estelle Mary Kavanagh.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of science in nursing, St. Joseph College, 1959. Master Nursing, University Kansas, 1979. Doctor of Public Health, University South Carolina, 1986.

      Doctor of Public Health, University South Carolina, 1986. Honorary Research Fellow, University College, London, 1993.


    • Staff nurse Cornwall (New York ) Hospital, 1972-1973, United States Army Hospital, Bad Kreuznach, Federal Republic of Germany, 1973-1974. School nurse Fort Leavenworth (Kansas) Public School System, 1974-1976. Public health nurse Leavenworth City Health Department, 1976-1978.

      Teaching associate University Kansas, Kansas City, 1978-1979, instructor School Nursing, 1979-1980. Instructor VA, Columbia, South Carolina, 1980-1984. Assistant professor College Nursing University South Carolina, 1980-1985.

      Associate professor College Nursing, Medical University South Carolina, Charleston, 1985-1990, tenured professor nursing, 1990-1996, interim associate dean of research, 1996, chairperson department health promotion and committee-oriented care, since 1997. Adjunct nurse researcher W.J.B. Dorn Veterans Administration Hospital, Columbia, since 1987. Reviewer Clinical Nurse Specialist Journal, 1989-1992, Journal of Gerontology Geriatric Nursing, Canada Journal on Aging, International Journal on Aging and Human Development.

      Grant reviewer AARP, Alzheimer's Association.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Member Governors Task Force for the Elderly, Columbia, 1983-1985. Board directors Area Agency on Aging, Charleston, 1982-1985, Mental Health Association, Charleston, 1987. Fellow Academy Nursing, Clinical Medicine Gerontological Society of America, Florence Nightingale Society.

    Member National Gerontological Nurses Association, National League for Nursing, National Council Gerontological Nursing (vice chairman 1984-1987), Southern Gerontological Society (chairman regional membership), Association for Gerontology and Higher Education (geriatric education committee), South Carolina Gerontological Society (co-chairman projects and research committee), International Psychogeriatric Association, American Association Suicidology, International Reminiscence Society (founding board directors since 1996).



    Tennis, reading, antiques.


    • Married Barrett Slocum Haight, December 26, 1959. Children: Heidi, Timothy, Daniel, Kelly, Michael.
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