Dr. William L. Holzemer

Dr. William L. Holzemer is Professor and Chair of the Department of Community Health Systems; prior to this, he served as Associate Dean for Research in the School. Dr. Holzemer is also the Director of the International Center for HIV/AIDS Research and Clinical Training in Nursing. His program of research has examined quality of nursing education, quality of nursing care, outcomes research, variation in practice, self-care symptom management, and quality of life, with special emphasis on people living with HIV infection.

Dr. Holzemer has a long, distinguished research career in nursing, receiving his first research award (R01) in 1978 studying clinical decision making among nurse practitioners. Since then, he has had continuous extramural funding as Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator over the past twenty years. He recently completed six years as a chartered member and Chair of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) study section. Dr. Holzemer has published more than 100 refereed data-based research articles, edited six books, and authored thirteen book chapters.

Dr. Holzemer is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a member of the Japan Academy of Nursing. He is a former Fulbright Scholar (Egypt), a Project HOPE Fellow (USA-Mexico Boarder), and has appointments as Visiting Professor at both St. Luke's College of Nursing, Tokyo, Japan, and Thames Valley University, London, United Kingdom. Dr. Holzemer has lectured widely in the United States and many countries of the world. He worked for the International Council of Nurses and UNICEF in Nigeria, Zaire, and Swaziland. During 1998 and 1999 he served as an External Examiner for the Department of Nursing at the University of Botswana, Gaborone. His current project in Southern Africa focuses upon self-care symptom management in the home for people living with HIV/AIDS in Botswana and South Africa.

For the last 15 years, his research has focused on the nursing care for people living with the HIV infection. Research on the quality of care has included the measurement of phenomena of interest to nurse clinicians and researchers such as quality of life, functional status, and symptoms. A recently completed multi-site study explored the relationships among HIV symptoms, engagement with health care provider, adherence to HIV therapies and quality of life for people living with HIV infection in the community. He is conducting a web-based study on self-care symptom management strategies for persons living with HIV/AIDS, their family caregivers, and professional caregivers (http://hivsymtpoms.ucsf.edu). In Fall, 1999, he began a randomized clinical trial titled, Outpatient Nurse Managed HIV Adherence Trial, funded by NIH-NINR.