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Catherine M. Waters, RN, PhD


Professor, Department of Community Health, UCSF


Phone: (415) 502-7995 (voice)
Box 0608, UCSF
San Francisco, CA 94143-0608

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University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, BSN (cum laude), 1985, Transcultural Nursing
University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, MSN 1988, Adult Health Nursing
University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, PhD, (McKnight Fellow) 1993, Nursing Science
Oregon Health Sciences University, Postdoctoral Fellow, 1994, Family Nursing
Oregon Health Sciences University, Postdoctoral Fellow, 1995, Gerontological Nursing

Professional Experience

  • 1984
    Roswell Park Institute, Buffalo, NY, Nurse Intern, Colorectal Cancer Unit
  • 1984
    Meharry Medical Center, Nashville, TN, Nurse Intern, Medical-Surgical Unit
  • 1985-86
    VA Medical Center, Miami, FL, Staff/Charge Nurse, 61-bed adult medical oncology
  • 1986-89
    Various nursing agencies, Miami, FL, Registered nurse, medical-surgical
  • 1986-87
    Jewish Home for the Aged, Miami, FL, Charge Nurse, 40-bed acute care unit
  • 1986-88
    Ransom Everglades High School, Miami, FL, School Nurse
  • 1987-88
    Flagler Career Institute, Miami, FL, Clinical Instructor, Nursing Assistant Program
  • 1989-90
    South FL Reception Correctional Center, Miami, Penitentiary Nurse, Infirmary Unit
  • 1988-89
    University of Miami, FL, School of Medicine Research Nurse II, Special Projects (Rheumatology)
  • 1989-92
    Miami Dade Community College, FL, Asst. Prof. & Jr. Level Coordinator, Adult Nursing II
  • 1993-94
    University of Miami, FL, School of Nursing, Adjunct Clinical Instructor
  • 1993-94
    Economic Opportunity Family & Community Student Health Services Coordinator, Florida Memorial Health Center, Miami, FL College
  • 1995-96
    University of Portland, OR, School of Nursing, Sr. Level Coordinator/Adjunct Asst. Prof., Adult Nursing
  • 1996-02
    University of California, San Francisco, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health
  • 2002-2008
    University of California, San Francisco, Associate Professor, Department of Community Health
  • 2005-now
    University of California, San Francisco , Member, Society, Diversity, and Disparity Group, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • 2008-present
    University of California, San Francisco, Professor, Department of Community Health

Honors & Awards

  • 1981-85
    Presidential & Dean's Honor Roll, University of Miami, FL
  • 1984
    Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • 1984
    Mortar Board Honor Society
  • 1985
    Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities
  • 1985
    Outstanding Student & School of Nursing Alumni Award, University of Miami, FL
  • 1985
    Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society
  • 1985
    Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership & Scholarship Honor Society
  • 1987
    Burger King Business Scholar, Burger King Corporation
  • 1988
    Nurse of the Year, National Black Nurses' Association Miami, FL Chapter
  • 1993
    McKnight Achiever's Society
  • 1994
    Dorothy Cornelius Scholar, American Nurses Foundation
  • 1998
    Class Marshall, Graduating Master's Students, UCSF School of Nursing
  • 1999
    Teacher of the Year, Excellence in Teaching Award, UCSF School of Nursing
  • 2000
    UCSF Champion of Diversity Award
  • 2000, 2003
    Nomination for Outstanding Faculty Mentorship Award, UCSF Graduate Students' Association
  • 2003
    Nomination for Distinction in Teaching Award, UCSF Academic Senate
  • 2003
    Professional Woman Sojourner Truth Award, San Francisco Business & Professional Women, Inc.
  • 2004
    Fellow, American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular Nursing
  • 2006
    Mentor of the Year, Graduating Doctoral Students, UCSF School of Nursing
  • 2007
    Women of Excellence Award, Ivy AKAdemy Foundation of San Francisco

Selected Publications

  1. MacIntyre LM, Waters CM, Rankin SH, Schell E, Laviwa J, Luhanga MR. How community trust was gained by an NGO in Malawi, Central Africa, to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS. J Transcult Nurs. 2013 Jul; 24(3):263-70.
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  2. Chesla CA, Chun KM, Kwan CM, Mullan JT, Kwong Y, Hsu L, Huang P, Strycker LA, Shum T, To D, Kao R, Waters CM. Testing the efficacy of culturally adapted coping skills training for Chinese American immigrants with type 2 diabetes using community-based participatory research. Res Nurs Health. 2013 Aug; 36(4):359-72.
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  3. Macintyre LM, Rankin S, Pinderhughes H, Waters CM, Schell E, Fiedler R. Socially disempowered women as the key to addressing change in Malawi: how do they do it? Health Care Women Int. 2013; 34(2):103-21.
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  4. Boo S, Waters CM, Froelicher ES. Coronary heart disease risk estimation in asymptomatic adults. Nurs Res. 2012 Jan-Feb; 61(1):66-9.
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  5. Jones PR, Waters CM, Oka RK, McGhee EM. Increasing community capacity to reduce tobacco-related health disparities in African American communities. Public Health Nurs. 2010 Nov-Dec; 27(6):552-60.
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  6. Curtis AC, Waters CM, Brindis C. Rural adolescent health: the importance of prevention services in the rural community. J Rural Health. 2011; 27(1):60-71.
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  7. Lim KC, Waters CM, Froelicher ES, Kayser-Jones JS. Conceptualizing physical activity behavior of older Korean-Americans: an integration of Korean culture and social cognitive theory. Nurs Outlook. 2008 Nov-Dec; 56(6):322-9.
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  8. Saxe JM, Janson SL, Dennehy PM, Stringari-Murray S, Hirsch JE, Waters CM. Meeting a primary care challenge in the United States: chronic illness care. Contemp Nurse. 2007 Aug; 26(1):94-103.
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  9. Arboleda G, Waters C, Gibson R. Inhibition of caspases but not of calpains temporarily protect against C2-ceramide-induced death of CAD cells. Neurosci Lett. 2007 Jun 29; 421(3):245-9.
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  10. Arboleda G, Huang TJ, Waters C, Verkhratsky A, Fernyhough P, Gibson RM. Insulin-like growth factor-1-dependent maintenance of neuronal metabolism through the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase-Akt pathway is inhibited by C2-ceramide in CAD cells. Eur J Neurosci. 2007 May; 25(10):3030-8.
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  11. Pyne NJ, Waters CM, Long JS, Moughal NA, Tigyi G, Pyne S. Receptor tyrosine kinase-G-protein coupled receptor complex signaling in mammalian cells. Adv Enzyme Regul. 2007; 47:271-80.
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  12. Lim KC, Kayser-Jones JS, Waters C, Yoo G. Aging, health, and physical activity in Korean Americans. Geriatr Nurs. 2007 Mar-Apr; 28(2):112-9.
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  13. Moughal NA, Waters CM, Valentine WJ, Connell M, Richardson JC, Tigyi G, Pyne S, Pyne NJ. Protean agonism of the lysophosphatidic acid receptor-1 with Ki16425 reduces nerve growth factor-induced neurite outgrowth in pheochromocytoma 12 cells. J Neurochem. 2006 Sep; 98(6):1920-9.
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  14. Waters CM, Saatian B, Moughal NA, Zhao Y, Tigyi G, Natarajan V, Pyne S, Pyne NJ. Integrin signalling regulates the nuclear localization and function of the lysophosphatidic acid receptor-1 (LPA1) in mammalian cells. Biochem J. 2006 Aug 15; 398(1):55-62.
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  15. Taylor-Piliae RE, Haskell WL, Waters CM, Froelicher ES. Change in perceived psychosocial status following a 12-week Tai Chi exercise programme. J Adv Nurs. 2006 May; 54(3):313-29.
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  16. Waters CM, Long J, Gorshkova I, Fujiwara Y, Connell M, Belmonte KE, Tigyi G, Natarajan V, Pyne S, Pyne NJ. Cell migration activated by platelet-derived growth factor receptor is blocked by an inverse agonist of the sphingosine 1-phosphate receptor-1. FASEB J. 2006 Mar; 20(3):509-11.
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  17. Sambi BS, Hains MD, Waters CM, Connell MC, Willard FS, Kimple AJ, Pyne S, Siderovski DP, Pyne NJ. The effect of RGS12 on PDGFbeta receptor signalling to p42/p44 mitogen activated protein kinase in mammalian cells. Cell Signal. 2006 Jul; 18(7):971-81.
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  18. Waters CM, Connell MC, Pyne S, Pyne NJ. c-Src is involved in regulating signal transmission from PDGFbeta receptor-GPCR(s) complexes in mammalian cells. Cell Signal. 2005 Feb; 17(2):263-77.
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  19. Arboleda G, Waters C, Gibson RM. Metabolic activity: a novel indicator of neuronal survival in the murine dopaminergic cell line CAD. J Mol Neurosci. 2005; 27(1):65-77.
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  20. Waters C, Pyne S, Pyne NJ. The role of G-protein coupled receptors and associated proteins in receptor tyrosine kinase signal transduction. Semin Cell Dev Biol. 2004 Jun; 15(3):309-23.
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