Robin Newhouse is the dean of the Indiana University School of Nursing and an IU Distinguished Professor. She earned a A.A. from Anne Arundel Community College; B.S.N. from the University of Maryland Baltimore County; M.G.A., M.S.N. and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland Baltimore. Her research focuses on health system interventions to improve care processes and patient outcomes. She has published extensively on health services improvement interventions, acute care quality issues and evidence-based practice.
Newhouse was appointed to the methodology committee of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and is currently serving as the committee's chair. She has served on multiple Institute of Medicine (IOM) committees and is the immediate past chair of the Academy Health Board. Newhouse was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame in 2014 and received the American Nurses Credentialing Center Presidents Award in 2015. In 2017, Newhouse was elected as a member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM).
Newhouse is currently serving as the lead investigator for Indiana University's Grand Challenge: Responding to the Addictions Crisis. This Grand Challenge is a $50 million initiative in partnership with the State and major health care systems in Indiana to reduce substance use disorders, the number of people that die because of an opioid overdose, and babies born exposed to substances that experience neonatal abstinence syndrome. Newhouse is also principal investigators of two current studies. The first study tests the effectiveness and implementation of a Screening Brief Intervention Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) toolkit to identify people that use substances and get them the help that they need across settings that range from critical access hospitals to academic health centers. The second study assesses the workforce available to address the addictions crisis across the State and will create a web-based resource for clinicians to use to refer people that use substances to treatment when indicated.
Newhouse received the IU Bicentennial Medal in August 2019 in recognition of her distinguished service as dean of the Indiana University School of Nursing.