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Sara Horton-Deutsch, PhD, RN, PMHCNS, FAAN, ANEF

Professor, Watson Caring Science Endowed Chair

Sara Horton-Deutsch

Sara Horton-Deutsch, PhD, RN PMHCNS, FAAN, ANEF began as a professor at the College of Nursing in 2013, and is the Watson Caring Science Endowed Chair. As the Watson Caring Science Endowed Chair, Sara will continue to advance former College of Nursing Dean Jean Watson's work in caring science, which has provided a meaningful philosophical foundation to nursing as a distinct discipline and profession, and has resulted in transformative 21st century models of professional nursing education, research, practice administration and delivery of person-centered health care.

Sara is a certified Caritas Coach and HeartMath trainer. She is also an Assistant Director in the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Colorado-Denver, which brings together colleagues from across the campus, university, state and nation to support competent, compassionate and respectful health care through teaching, research, clinical service and community engagement. In 2015, Sara was named the director of the regenerated Watson Caring Science Center with the mission of advancing the art and science of human caring knowledge, ethics, and clinical practice in the fields of nursing and health sciences. The Center fosters research, teaching and practice of human caring through an interprofessional PhD program track and continuing education training programs integrating new knowledge from humanities, arts, cross cultural spiritual disciplines, and emerging scientific disciplines. The Center supports the development and implementation of innovative approaches to clinical practice and human caring and healing. It serves as an international and inter-professional resource and clearing house for information related to the theory and practice of human caring and healing.

Sara holds a PhD in nursing and an MSN in psychiatric nursing from Rush University, and completed post-doctoral work at the same university in psycho-neuro-immunology. She previously worked as a full professor at the Indiana University School of Nursing. She has experience in an administrative role as the interim department chair of the department of environments for health at the same university. She has taught a variety of courses, ranging in medium (online and face-to-face) and subject (substance, psychiatric nursing, nursing leadership, etc.).

Among her many professional memberships, Sara is a member of American Nurses Association, National League of Nursing and American Psychiatric Nurses Association. She is a former President of the International Society of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses.​​

In 2018, Sara collaborated on two new textbooks in Caring Science. The first, "Caritas Coaching: A Journal Toward Transpersonal Caring for Informed Moral Action in Healthcare," co-edited with Jan Anderson, provides an intimate window into the personal journey of Caritas Coaches as they infuse their lives and practices with Caring Science. The second, "A Handbook for Caring Science: Expanding the Paradigm," co-edited with William Rosa and Jean Watson as well as three associate and two assistant editors, is a compendium of leading-edge literature related to Caring Science from scholars in nursing and other disciplines reflects on its foundations, inspires knowledge development, and sparks the creative use of Caring Science to inform and transform nursing.