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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.Jenn Cavallari, Sc.D., CIH

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

Dr. Cavallari organizes faculty development programs and offerings, drawing on her research in worker well-being and mentoring expertise to support faculty. She is a certified facilitator of the Entering Mentoring Curriculum from the University of Wisconsin's Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER).

Dr. Jenn 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 Coordinator 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