Nexus Distinguished Scholars

Advancing Nexus Distinguished Scholars

Nexus Distinguished Scholars encourage and support the interprofessional practice and education community to talk about important questions while serving as a sounding board to National Center leadership on actionable strategies to support and advance interprofessional practice and education implementation to achieve outcomes that matter most to the individuals and populations served. 

Nexus Distinguished Scholars are individuals who have served in senior-level roles within academic and/or health settings and have a demonstrated track record of commitment to advancing interprofessional practice and education as well as a willingness to ask tough and thought-provoking questions.

Meet our Nexus Distinguished Scholars

Gerri Lamb, PhD, RN, FAAN is Professor Emerita at Arizona State University (ASU), Founding Director of ASU’s Center for Advancing Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research, author of numerous papers and learning programs on IPE, teamwork in primary care, and the interprofessional clinical learning environment (CLE), and principal investigator on IPECP grants funded by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, ASU-Dignity Health Research Initiatives, the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education and others.


Mary Mauldin, EdD is Professor Emerita at the Medical University of South Carolina, previous Executive Director of the Office of Instructional Technology and Faculty Development and Associate Director of the Office of Interprofessional Initiatives. Focused on establishing and maintaining collaborations between education and clinical settings, interprofessional teamwork, digital health and quality improvement opportunities for students in clinical settings, development of unique learning experiences for interprofessional students in a variety of settings. Author of numerous papers and invited presentations on IPE.


“As the Director of the National Center, and working in partnership with our Founding Director, Dr. Brandt, I am delighted to welcome the Nexus Distinguished Scholars to join the National Center work. Our strategic priorities are focused on enhancing interprofessional practice and education in partnership with people, practices and communities to achieve health and learning outcomes. Drs. Lamb and Mauldin bring valuable expertise and lived experience as our inaugural class of Nexus Distinguished Scholars”, said Christine Arenson, MD, director, National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education.   Barbara Brandt, PhD, EdM, FNAP, Founding Director, added, “We felt the National Center’s 10th anniversary was an opportune time to invite senior-level individuals that care deeply about the field of interprofessional practice and education - and are willing to have hard conversations - to join us in facilitating dialogue and learning together. Let’s roll up our sleeves, focus on outcomes that matter and assess if we are really doing what we need to do to get there.” 

What does it mean to be a Nexus Distinguished Scholar?