Dr. Leila McWhinney-Dehaney Print E-mail

Leila McWhinney-Dehaney is chief nursing officer at the Jamaican Ministry of Health, chair of the Regional Nursing Body of CARICOM, a member of the World Health Organization's Global Leadership Collaborative, and a member of Sigma Theta Tau International. She has been an active advisor to a major research initiative at the University of West Indies School of Nursing to strengthen nurses' capacity for HIV policy development in sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. With 38 years of experience as a registered nurse midwife in Jamaica under her belt, McWhinney-Dehaney has long been involved in the dialogue on the health sector in Jamaica, the Caribbean, and the rest of the world. She earned her Ph.D. in nursing from Laney Graduate School in 2006.

Research Projects: 

  • 2007-2012 Chairman of the Advisory Committee on research study: Strengthening Nurses' Capacity for the HIV Policy Development in Sub Saharan Africa and the Caribbean: A Programme of Research and Capacity Building 2007-2012
  • 2008-2011 Human Resource Planning for Jamaica's Human Resources in Health-WHO/PAHO Collaboration. Project Steering Committee.


  • Chairman Regional Nursing Body CARICOM
  • Deputy Chairman Regional Nursing Body-CARICOM
  • Member of the Nurses Association of Jamaica