Jacqueline "Kiki" Nissen, M.D., FACP

Kiki Nissen M.D., FACP

Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education

As Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Dr. Nissen is responsible for providing leadership over all issues relating to the School of Medicine faculty, which includes career development opportunities.

Photo of Jennifer M. Cavallari, Sc.D., C.I.H.Jennifer Cavallari, Sc.D., CIH

Director of Faculty Development in the Office of Faculty Affairs
Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences and Medicine

Dr. Cavallari joined UConn School of Medicine in 2006, following completion of her fellowship and doctorate at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She currently teaches and advises within the Public Health Sciences Program, as well as the Occupational Health Psychology Certificate Program through UConn’s CLAS Department of Psychological Sciences. Dr. Cavallari also maintains a research portfolio in worker well-being, and is a core member of the Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace – a  National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Center of Excellence in Total Worker Health®. Additionally, she has held various leadership roles both within and outside UConn School of Medicine. A previous recipient of the CICATs M1 Mentorship Award, Dr. Cavallari brings her experience in mentoring as well as in diversity and inclusion to her new role. With her strong skill set in mentorship of junior faculty and  leadership development, she will work with the Office of Faculty Affairs to identify relevant topics and hold workshops for our community of faculty learners.

Dr. Jennifer Cavallari can be reached at or 860.679.4720.


Donna PattersonDonna Patterson

Program Manager in the Office of Faculty Affairs

As Program Manager, Donna is responsible for managing the following the Office of Faculty Affairs: Senior rank nomination for appointment/promotion/tenure for the Senior Appointments and Promotions Committee (SAPC); Post-tenure review; Sixth-Year reviews; Department and Type II center reviews for the School of Medicine; Faculty development workshops and programs.

Donna is a 29-year employee of UConn Health who started her career her in the Department of Anatomy.

Donna can be reached at or 860.679.2617.

Cindy Sullivan

Administrative Program Assistant II in the Office of Faculty Affairs

Provides administrative support to the Faculty Development Programs; maintains and upholds the Faculty Development website; assists in managing workshops. Contact person for Dr. Kiki Nissen, suggestions and comments regarding Faculty Development Programs, Faculty Leadership Program (FLEX) and the Faculty Development website.

Cindy can be reached at or 860.679.4763.

Guest Lecturers

Mary Casey Jacob, Ph.D., ABPP

Mary Casey Jacob, Ph.D., ABPP

Professor Emeritus

Department of Psychiatry



Lawrence A. Klobutcher, Ph.D.

Lawrence A. Klobutcher, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Department of Molecular Biology and Biophysics