Yale University

Carmen Portillo, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN

  • Executive Deputy Dean & Professor, Yale School of Nursing


Carmen Portillo, R.N., PhD, is Executive Deputy Dean and Professor, Yale University School of Nursing. Dr. Portillo is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She is one of several Hispanic nurse leaders in the country and a former president of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses and co-founder of the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurses Association, Inc. She has been recognized for her leadership by Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Beta Chapter and the University of California, San Francisco.

Clinically trained as a community/public health nurse, Dr. Portillo has focused her professional academic work on developing community partnerships to create a bilateral engagement that helps support the clinical/research training of advanced practice nurses and to provide nursing care services to underserved populations/communities. Capacity development in HIV care training and research of advanced practice nurses and nurse researchers is one example of her expertise. Funding for training has been funded by National Institutes of Health (NINR), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resource Services Administration, and U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). She has consulted with WHO, Institute of Medicine (National Academy of Medicine), NIH, and schools of nursing domestically and internationally.

Dr. Portillo’s research has focused on nursing interventions for people with HIV with the goal of improving medication adherence, managing distressful symptoms and decreasing stigma.