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Dr. Cason received her diploma in nursing in 1965, her baccalaureate degree in 1967, her master’s degree in nursing in 1972, and her PhD in 1972 in Educational Psychology. She has over 30 years of experience teaching in undergraduate and graduate nursing education. In 1997, Dr. Cason joined the College of Nursing, University of Texas at Arlington where she provided leadership in creating the research infrastructure needed to support the College of Nursing PhD program and was instrumental in defining and implementing the program’s focus on healthcare for cultural diverse and vulnerable populations. She developed the model for the SMART HospitalTM (a virtual hospital in which high fidelity interactive manikins serve as patients) and, as co-founder, has successfully acquired funding for it from both private and governmental sources. She is an active investigator with an ongoing funded program of research. In 2008 she received the Outstanding Research Achievement Award from the University of Texas at Arlington. In 2009, she was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at the University of Texas at Arlington.