Pamela J. Brink, RN, PhD, FAAN, holds a bachelor's in nursing, a master's in psychiatric nursing, and a doctorate in cultural anthropology. She has worked at mental health facilities and general hospitals at both the city, state and national levels and has taught nursing and anthropology at UCLA, the University of Iowa, and the University of Alberta. She is the founder of the Western Journal of Nursing Research and served as its editor for over 25 years. Pamela Brink has many publications in the areas of nursing research, transcultural nursing, successful dieting and cultural anthropology.