Pamela S Chally

Dean • Brooks College of Health

Brooks College of Health Administration • Brooks College of Health

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Chally’s research interests are in the areas of moral decision making, eating disorders, and maternal nursing.


1990: Doctor of Philosophy, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, Major: Nursing.
1977: Master of Science in Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, Major: Maternal Nursing.
1972: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, Major: Nursing.


Dr. Chally is the Dean of the Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida. She oversees the administration of the Department of Public Health, the Department of Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences, the School of Nursing, the Department of Nutrition & Dietetics, and the Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy. Prior to serving as Dean, she was the Associate Dean of the College and is a professor of nursing. Other academic positions held by Dr. Chally include: Acting Provost and Academic Dean of Concordia University and West Suburban College of Nursing, Acting Associate Chair at Northern Illinois University, and Director of the Baccalaureate Nursing Program at Kennesaw State College. Dr. Chally has worked as an academic administrator and nursing faculty member for over 40 years. Pam and her husband, Rod, have two adult children and three granddaughters.


2011 Inspiration Award, Health Source
2009 Florida Great 100 Nurse
2009 Transformational Leadership Award
2009 Desmond Tutu Peace and Reconciliation Award
2008 Eve Award Winner – Education
2008 University of North Florida Distinguished Professor
2006 Jacksonville Business Journal Woman of Influence
2004-2005 LeadershipUNF
2004 Health Care Hero Super Nurse Finalist
2000 Northeast Florida Great 100 Nurses
2000 Susan B. Anthony Award University of North Florida


Community Service:
Brooks Health Care System
Member, Brooks Health Care System Board, 1999-present

Ronald McDonald House
Member, Advisory Committee, 2008-present


WJCT Public Radio
Member, Governance Committee, 2009- present
Member, Development Committee, 2008-2009
Member, Board of Trustees, 2006 – present


Sulzbacher Center
Member, Board of Director, 2009 – present
Chair, Strategic Relationship 2010 - present


Haven Hospice
Member, Community Board of Directors, 2005 - 2011


Member, Board of Directors, 2007 – 2010


Jacksonville Women’s Network
Member, 1999-present


Dyson Advisory Board, University of Florida Pediatric Residency Program
Member, Board of Directors, 2002-2006


Columbia Memorial Medical Center
Member, Board of Directors, 2001 - 2004


Life Care St. Johns, Inc.
Member, Board of Directors, 2000-2004


Professional Service:
State of Florida:
Member, Florida Board of Nursing, 1999-2004
Chair, Florida Board of Nursing, 2001-2003


Sigma Theta Tau:
Member, Governance Committee, Lambda Rho Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International, 2007-2009
Member, Regional Committee Member, Sigma Theta Tau International, 2005-2008


American Nurses Association – Florida, Illinois and Georgia:
Member, American Nurses Association, 1987 – present; 1978-1982
Member, Florida Nurses Association, 1993 – present


Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions
Member, Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, 2011 - Present


National League for Nursing:
Program Evaluator, National League for Nursing, Accrediting Committee, 1991-2006
Member, National League for Nursing, 1982-2006


Southern and Midwest Nursing Research Societies:
State Liaison, Southern Nursing Research Society, 1997-1998
Reviewer, DJ Wood Award, Southern Nursing Research Society, 1997 & 2000


Member, Great 100 Nurses Board of Directors, 2002-2007
Member, Great 100 Nurses Steering Committee, 2000-2002

Grants and Contracts Awarded

Chally, P. & Loriz, L. (2004- 2011). Volunteers in Medicine Clinic Director. Volunteers in Medicine, Jacksonville, FL. ($720,000). 


Chally, P. (1997-2002). Ryan White Title I Evaluations Planning. Funded by the City of Jacksonville. ($557,910).


Chally, P., Werch, C.E. & Moore, M.J. (2001). Social norms, tailored feedback and combined prevention strategies to reduce high-risk drinking among first year residential university students. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education. ($287,450).


Gayle, D., Robinson, T., & Chally, P. (2000). Creating healthy communities in Senegal. Funded by American Council on Education. ($99,998).

Publications & Presentations

Selected Publications:


Chally, P.S., Hernke, D.A. & Scaz, L. (2010). Perspectives of Nurse Executives: Lessons Learned in Haiti. The Journal of Nursing Administration, 40 (6), 283-286.

Watkins, J.A., Christie, C., & Chally, P. (2008). Relationship between body image and body mass index in college males. Journal of American College Health, 57, 95-99.

Watkins, J.A., Christie, C., & Chally, P. (2006). Relationship between spiritual well-being and binge eating in college females. Eating and Weight Disorders, 11 51-56.


D’Abundo, M. & Chally, P. (2004). Recovery from eating disorders: Participant perspectives. Qualitative Health Research, 14 (8) 1094-1106.


Chally, P.S. & Carlson, J.M. (2004). Spirituality, rehabilitation and aging: A literature review. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 85 (7) (Suppl. 3), 60-65. 


Selected Presentations:


Teamwork in Nurse Anesthesia. DCANA Cherry Blossom Conference. April 2011. Washington, D.C.


Ethical Issues in Research. Shands Jacksonville Nursing Research and Education Day. May 2009. Jacksonville, FL.


Changing Healthcare Trends. Community Forum at River Garden Hebrew Home for the Aged. September 2008, Jacksonville, FL.


Healthcare Teams: Collegial, Competent, Caring and Courageous. Strengthening Teams: Promoting a Culture of Safe Patient Care. 26th Annual National Faculty Development Course. June 2008. Jacksonville, FL.


Spinal Cord Injured Patients’ Perceived Sense of Belonging may Enhance Spiritual Well-being. Us: Women and Girls’ Health Initiative Annual Lecture Luncheon. UNF. March 2008. Jacksonville, FL. (with J. Watkins & L. Trice) (poster).


Professional Medical/Health Education. Caring Community Conference. UNF. September 2007. Amelia Island, FL.


Brooks College of Health: Who We Are! Presented to the Florida Association of Home and Services for the Aging. Taylor Apartments. June 2007. Jacksonville, FL.


Panelist. 20th Annual 2007 Ingborg Mauksch Clinical Excellence Conference. Florida Nurses Association. March 2007. Jacksonville, FL.


The Ticket: The Value of Doctoral Education. Celebrating 20 Years of Nursing Leadership. Brydine F. Lewis School of Nursing. Georgia State University. March 2007. Atlanta, GA.


Women’s Health Issues in Northeast Florida. Women’s Giving Alliance Annual Meeting. January 2007. Jacksonville, FL. 


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