International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

2010 Recipients

Linda Aiken

Linda H. Aiken, RN, PhD, FAAN, FRCN, is an authority on causes, consequences and solutions for nurse shortages around the world. She directs the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, and is The Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor of Nursing, professor of sociology, and senior fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania (USA). Prior to joining the University of Pennsylvania, she was vice president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for 13 years. She co-directs the National Council on Physician and Nurse Supply in the United States. Aiken is a recipient of the Episteme Award and the 2006 Baxter International Foundation's William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research. She has received the Individual Earnest A. Codman Award from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations for her leadership utilizing performance measures to demonstrate relationships between nursing care and patient outcomes. Aiken leads the International Hospital Outcomes Consortium studying the impact of nursing on patient outcomes in 16 countries. She received her BSN and MSN from the University of Florida and her PhD in sociology and demography from the University of Texas at Austin.

Kathryn E. Barnard

Kathryn E. Barnard, RN, PhD, FAAN, FIOM, is professor emerita of nursing and founder and director of the Center on Infant Mental Health and Development at the University of Washington (USA). Her pioneering work to improve the physical and mental health outcomes of infants and young children has earned her numerous honors, including the Gustav O. Leinhard Award from the Institute of Medicine, the Episteme Award from Sigma Theta Tau International and Baxter International Foundation, and the Living Legend Award from the American Academy of Nursing. Between 1969 and 1993, she also received 15 other major awards, including the Lucille Petry Leone Award for Teaching; the M. Scott Award for Contributions to Nursing Science, Education and Service; the Martha May Eliot Award for Leadership in Maternal-Child Health; and the Nurse Scientist of the Year Award.
"This distinction is very meaningful to me. While I held roles as teacher and administrator in my career, it was my involvement in research that fed my soul. I applaud Sigma Theta Tau for its role in recognizing leadership in nursing."
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Nancy Bergstrom

Nancy Bergstrom, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Trumble Professor of Aging Research and director of the Center on Aging at University of Texas Health in Houston (USA). Her PhD is from the University of Michigan. She was instrumental in testing and developing the Braden Scale for Predicting Pressure Sore Risk. Bergstrom was president of the Midwest Nursing Research Society, chair of the American Nurses Association's Council of Nurse Researchers and chair of two U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research panels developing guidelines for the prediction and prevention of pressure sores and for treatment of pressure sores. She has published widely in first tier interdisciplinary and nursing journals and received numerous awards, including the Episteme Award. Her current work, a Phase III multisite, clinical trial that focuses on nursing interventions to prevent pressure ulcers in at-risk nursing facility patients, is being funded by three U.S. federal agencies.
"Induction into the Hall of Fame is like a capstone award recognizing the significance of my research throughout my career."


Marion Broome

Marion E. Broome, RN, PhD, FAAN, is a distinguished professor and dean at Indiana University School of Nursing (USA). She is best known for her research in pain management, research ethics and obesity of children, funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society and the Pfizer Foundation. Broome has disseminated her research in more than 98 articles, chapters and books. She has served as a permanent member of two National Institutes of Health (NIH) study sections and was appointed to the National Advisory Council for the National Institute of Nursing Research in 2008. Broome is currently editor-in-chief of Nursing Outlook, the official journal of the American Academy of Nursing. She received a BSN from Medical College, MSN from University of South Carolina and PhD from the University of Georgia.
"Induction into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame is a tremendous honor. The recognition and celebration of my research with children and their families is a testimony to their courage in the face of illness and adversity.


Dorothy Brooten

Dorothy Brooten, RN, PhD, FAAN, is professor of nursing at Florida International University, College of Nursing & Health Sciences (USA). She was the first recipient of the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Baxter Episteme Award for development of the Quality Cost Model of Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) Transitional Care. Results of randomized trials have demonstrated that the model improves patient outcomes and reduces health care costs. Brooten’s research has been funded by NIH for more than 28 years. Her work has been published in prestigious interdisciplinary and nursing journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, JAMA, Journal of Nursing Scholarship, Nursing Research, Research in Nursing & Health, and JOGNN. She has served as chair of 18 PhD dissertation committees and as a member of 16 others, and also has guided six postdoctoral fellows. Brooten received STTI’s Elizabeth McWilliams Miller Founders Award in Research, the American Nurses Association’s Jesse Scott Award, and honorary doctorates in science from Medical College of Ohio and State University of New York. She is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Nursing. She received her BSN, MSN and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania


Ann Wolbert Burgess

Ann Wolbert Burgess, RN, DNSc, FAAN, is a pioneer in the assessment and treatment of victims of trauma and abuse. She is a professor at Boston College William F. O’Connell School of Nursing (USA). A recipient of the Episteme Award, Burgess has been called a “nursing pathfinder.” Her research with victims began when she co-founded, with Boston College sociologist Lynda Lytle Holmstrom, one of the first hospital-based crisis counseling programs at Boston City Hospital. She then worked with FBI Academy special agents to study serial offenders and the links among child abuse, juvenile delinquency, and subsequent perpetration. Her work continues in the study of elder abuse in nursing homes, cyber stalking, and Internet sex crimes. Burgess has published in numerous scholarly journals and books and authored or co-authored four books. She received her BSN and DNSc from Boston University and MSN from the University of Maryland.


Marylin J. Dodd

Marylin J. Dodd, RN, PhD, FAAN, is professor emerita at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Nursing (USA). An Episteme recipient, Dodd received her BSN and MSN from the University of Washington and her PhD from Wayne State University. She has had continuous NIH funding since 1986 for her research into symptom management for people with cancer and their families. The fruit of Dodd's dedication lies in the more than 300 articles, papers and books she has authored, as well as in the establishment of UCSF's Research Center for Symptom Management. She has transformed the way we look at symptom management and has had a direct impact on improving the lives of patients receiving cancer treatment and their families.


Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob

Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob, PhD, RN, FAAN, is dean at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing and professor of nursing, psychology, epidemiology, and occupational therapy (USA). She is a nurse/psychologist who received her BS in nursing from Florida State University, her MSN in psychiatric nursing from the University of California, San Francisco, and her PhD in counseling psychology from Stanford University. Dunbar-Jacob’s research, funded by the NIH, has focused for the past 30 years on patient adherence in chronic conditions. In addition, she was principal investigator of a National Science Foundation grant designed to develop robotic assistance for the elderly, known as "Nursebot." She serves as director and principal investigator of the Center for Research in Chronic Disorders and director and principal investigator of the P01 program project grant for Adherence & Health Related Quality of Life: Translation of Interventions. She has served on three NIH safety and data monitoring boards, as a behavioral scientist for three NIH funded multi-center clinical trials, and on 20 NIH working groups addressing research agenda.


Lois Evans

Lois K. Evans, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the van Ameringen Professor in Nursing Excellence at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (USA). At Penn since 1984, Evans received her BSN from West Virginia University and her MSN and PhD from The Catholic University of America. Emphasizing mental health, she is one of the foremost researchers in care of the elderly. Along with her colleague Neville Strumpf, Evans developed path-breaking research that lessened the use of restraints with frail elders in the nation’s nursing homes and hospitals. She has received NIH and U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration federal and foundation grants for her work. She has published more than 100 journal articles and book chapters and three books.


Esther Gallegos

Esther C. Gallegos, PhD, has been a nursing professor in the School of Nursing-Autonomous University of Nuevo León (México) since 1969. During this period she has occupied diverse positions; her leadership has resulted in the development of graduate studies and nursing research in Mexico. Gallegos was recognized as the first nurse to receive a PhD in Mexico. Recently, she was admitted as a member of the American Academy of Nursing and as a national researcher by National Council of Science and Technology in Mexico (CONACYT). Her research focuses on self-care in chronic illness situations and risk reduction.
"Receiving this research award is a great experience! It gives me as a nurse and nursing professor a stimulating perspective to continue working and improving my research endeavor. The award represents recognition to half of my professional life; I began to think about doing research because I had more questions than answers while working with underserved communities in trying to raise their health state. Searching systematically to help people care for their own health state makes nursing researchers socially meaningful."


Ellen J. Hahn

Ellen J. Hahn, RN, PhD, is a professor at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, where she directs the Tobacco Policy Research Program and is assistant director of the Center for Biobehavioral Research in Self-Management. Hahn is currently principal investigator on a five-year Rural Smoke-Free Communities research project funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. For her leadership in smoke-free policy research, she was awarded the 2004 John D. Slade, M.D. Memorial Advocacy Award from the ATOD section of the American Public Health Association. In 2007, she was named Distinguished University Scientist by the Kentucky Academy of Science. Hahn received her BSN from Case Western Reserve University, MA from The Ohio State University, and MSN and PhD from Indiana University.
"To be recognized by my professional honorary society is a testament to the supportive environment of my university and the exceptionally talented group of collaborators who have guided me on my journey to improve the public health."


Martha N. Hill

Martha N. Hill, RN, PhD, FAAN, is dean of the School of Nursing and professor of nursing, medicine and public health at the Johns Hopkins University (USA). She holds a doctorate in behavioral sciences from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. She received her MSN from the University of Pennsylvania and her BSN from the Johns Hopkins University. Hill is known for her research in preventing and treating hypertension and its complications, particularly among young, urban African-American men; her particular expertise is integrating patient, provider and system level interventions to improve care and outcomes for vulnerable and underserved populations. Hill has been an active investigator, mentor and consultant on NIH-funded clinical trials. She has consulted on hypertension in Australia, China, Israel, Scotland, South Africa and Uganda. Hill has more than 180 publications, including journal articles and book chapters on hypertension care and control, nurse-led clinics, community outreach, and community-based participatory research in underserved populations.


Loretta Sweet Jemmott

Loretta Sweet Jemmott, RN, PhD, FAAN, is the van Ameringen Professor in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and director of the Center for Health Equity Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She is one of the nation's foremost researchers in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention. Jemmott, along with her research team, has received more than $100 million in federal funding to design and evaluate a series of behavioral intervention trials with African American, Latino, Jamaican and South African populations. These trials have demonstrated remarkable success in reducing HIV risk-associated behaviors and the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases. Jemmott has transformed her evidence-based research outcomes and translated them for use in real world settings. To date, seven of her interventions have been designated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control for national and international dissemination. She provides leadership on an NICHD-funded HIV prevention grant (a partnership between the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Botswana), two NIH-funded randomized controlled trials in South Africa focusing on adolescents and adult men, and an HIV prevention study focusing on Jamaican mothers and their daughters.


Susan Ludington

Susan M. Ludington, PhD, CNM, FAAN, is the Carl W. and Margaret Davis Walter Professor of Pediatric Nursing at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University (USA). Ludington earned her BS in cell biology from University of California at Santa Barbara, and her BSN and MSN from University of California, San Francisco. She earned her PhD in nursing and child development and psychology from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas, and is a certified nurse midwife. In 1980, Ludington established the Infant Development and Education Association of America after studying the effects of early sensory stimulation on newborn development. She is the author of How to Have a Smarter Baby and Kangaroo Care: The Best You Can Do for Your Preterm Infant. Her Kangaroo Care research earned her the Lifetime Achievement Award in Research from the Midwest Nursing Research Society and the national Excellence in Research award from the Association for Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nursing in 2007.


Pamela H. Mitchell

Pamela Holsclaw Mitchell, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, is professor of biobehavioral nursing and health systems, adjunct professor for the Department of Health Services, and founding director of the Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education and Research at the University of Washington. She received a BSN from the University of Washington; an MS from the University of California, San Francisco; and a PhD from the University of Washington. Her research and teaching focus on hospital care delivery systems, effective management of clinical care systems, biobehavioral interventions for patients with acute and chronic cardiocerebrovascular disease, and outcomes of interprofessional education. These works are funded by the National Institute of Nursing; National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; Bureau of Health Professions; Health Resources Services Administration; and the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. She is past president of the American Academy of Nursing and is a member and past chair of the Expert Panel on Quality Healthcare. She is immediate past chair, Nursing and Rehabilitation Professionals Committee, Stroke Council, of the American Heart/American Stroke Association.
"A Sigma Theta Tau small grant was instrumental in launching my research career. It is very rewarding to have this program of research in enabling recovery from brain injury recognized by this international research society. Through this work, I hope that I have been able to help launch others who will carry it forward to improve human health."


Shirley M. Moore

Shirley M. Moore, RN, PhD, FAAN, is professor and associate dean for research, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University. Her research focuses on recovery following cardiac events and on promoting healthy lifestyles in women and elders recovering from cardiac events. In a series of studies, Moore developed and tested interventions to improve physical and psychological health following cardiac events. Using the principles of environmental redesign, her System CHANGE intervention has been shown to effectively change lifestyle behaviors. Moore also is director of an NIH-funded Center of Excellence in Self-Management Research and the FIND Lab (Full Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Research).
"One of the greatest honors I have ever had. STTI stands for high scholarship, and thus this award is a great honor."

Janice Morse

Janice M. Morse, PhD (Nurs), PhD (Anthro), FAAN, is a professor and Presidential Endowed Chair at the University of Utah College of Nursing (USA), and professor emerita, University of Alberta (Canada). She was the founding director of the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (1997-2007), University of Alberta; founding editor for the International Journal of Qualitative Methods; and since 1991, has served as the founding editor for Qualitative Health Research. Morse is the recipient of the Episteme Award and honorary doctorates from the University of Newcastle (Australia) and Athabasca University (Canada). She is the author of 370 articles and 15 books on qualitative research methods, suffering, comforting and patient falls. Her most recent book is Mixed Method Design: Principles and Procedure (Left Coast Press).

"I am deeply honored to be recognized in Sigma Theta Tau’s Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. To emerge from writing to find this is both humbling and wonderful. Thank you!"


Mary Naylor

Mary D. Naylor, RN, PhD, FAAN, is the Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology and director of the New Courtland Center for Transitions and Health at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) School of Nursing. She and her research team have completed three National Institute of Nursing Research-funded randomized clinical trials, testing and refining the Transitional Care Model, an innovative approach to addressing the needs of high-risk, chronically ill elders and their family caregivers. Her research team has recently partnered with a major insurance organization and health care plan to translate this model into the "real world" of clinical practice and promote its widespread adoption. Naylor and colleagues are also engaged in a study funded by the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute for Nursing Research that will examine, over time, the natural history of changes in health and quality of life among elders newly admitted to long-term care settings or services. She also is national program director for the Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI), sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


Sr. Callista L. Roy

Sr. Callista L. Roy, RN, PhD, FAAN, is professor and nurse theorist at Boston College Connell School of Nursing and a pre-eminent scholar in philosophical and clinical research. Best known for the Roy Adaptation Model of Nursing, she is a leader in knowledge-based practice, with more than 300 published studies based on her work. Roy has received 55 research and mentoring grants and has published 135 works, including two award-winning books and translations in eight languages. More than 300 speeches and 100 consultations have taken her to 48 U.S. states, five provinces of Canada, three states in Mexico, Peru, Chile, Colombia, three states in Australia, Korea, Japan and China.

"I am deeply honored to have my work recognized as an inductee in the Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame of the prestigious Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. I also feel humbled to be in the inaugural class of such on important body within the organization. May the STTI programs continue to impact nursing scholarship and practice globally."

Neville Strumpf

Neville E. Strumpf, RN, PhD, FAAN, is widely recognized for her outstanding contributions to the field of gerontology. Strumpf is probably best known for her work with her colleague, Lois Evans, on the elimination of physical restraints in nursing homes and hospitals. Her remarkable career as a groundbreaking researcher, innovative teacher and caring mentor, as well as top administrator, is unmatched. Strumpf officially retired in 2008 and continues to work part-time as associate director of the HCGNE, co-director of the Resource Center for Minority Aging Research in the School of Medicine, and coordinator of the School of Nursing’s Faculty Mentoring Program. She continues to work closely with doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows, to partner with colleagues on grants and papers, and to consult on numerous educational and research projects. Strumpf is a recipient of the Episteme Award and received her BSN from the State University of New York, MSN from Russell Sage College and PhD from New York University.


Clarann Weinert

Clarann Weinert, SC, RN, PhD, FAAN, is a professor at the Montana State University College of Nursing and a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati. She received a BSN from the College of Mount St. Joseph on the Ohio, MS (nursing) from The Ohio State University, and MA and PhD (sociology) from the University of Washington. She has nearly 30 years of funded programs of rural nursing research on the management of chronic illness, with a focus on needs and resources of rural residents. Weinert is widely published in the areas of social support, rural health and theory, and chronic illness management. She is a past board member of Sigma Theta Tau International and chair of numerous regional and national research task forces.

“This award is especially meaningful as it comes as a capstone to a career-long program of research, a recognition of the advances in rural nursing research at Montana State University, and to the fact that a sustained funded program of nursing research is possible in a less research-intense institution. Of course, for me personally I am humbled and so very honored to be recognized by an award from Sigma Theta Tau International, an organization for which I have a deep respect and dedication and one that I have been privileged to serve for many years.”


Thelma Wells

Thelma J. Wells, RN, BSN, MSN, PhD, is professor emerita at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing (USA). She retired in 2003 to enjoy travel, reading and the peaceful life. Her 40-year nursing career was based on a deep commitment to care of the elderly. Best known for her leadership and research in urinary incontinence, she and colleagues produced 24 research and 37 clinical papers, 22 chapters and one book. Wells served on the first charted study section for nursing from 1987 to 1990 at the U.S. National Center for Nursing Research. She also served on the National Arthritis Foundation Research Review (1987-89) and the American Federation for Aging Research Scientific Advisory Council (1993-97). Wells received her BSN from Boston University School of Nursing, MSN from Case Western Reserve University School of Nursing and PhD from the University of Manchester (England).

"Rather than myself, I see this award honoring clinical nursing and the commitment to pursue knowledge in sensitive but meaningful problems."