International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame
The International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame Award honors nurse researchers who are Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) members; who have achieved long-term, broad national and/or international recognition for their work; and whose research has impacted the profession and the people it serves.
The 2011 International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame Award Recipients
Jacquelyn Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and chair of the Department of Community Health at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, is a national leader in research and advocacy in the field of domestic and intimate partner violence (IPV). Her studies paved the way for a growing body of interdisciplinary investigations by researchers in nursing, medicine and public health. National and international policymakers frequently seek her expertise in exploring IPV and its potential health effects on families and communities. She has been conducting advocacy, policy work and research in the area of domestic violence and health outcomes since 1980. Her global work includes co-chairing the Steering Committee for the World Health Organization Multi-Country Study on Violence and Health and co-chairing the IOM Forum on Global Violence Prevention. Campbell is also active in national policy work, testifying before Congress and maintaining membership on the congressionally appointed U.S. Department of Defense Task Force on Domestic Violence. She received her BSN from Duke University, MSN from Wright State University and PhD from the University of Rochester.
Chung-Hey Chen, PhD, MSN, BSN, is a Professor of Nursing at the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. She received a BSN from the National Taiwan University, and a PhD at the University of Pittsburgh. She is past dean at the Kaohsiung Medical University College of Nursing and president of the Kaohsiung City Nurses Association in Taiwan. Her research, funded by the Taiwan National Science Council, has focused for the past 20 years on prepartum and postpartum depression, stressfulness of childbearing, and complementary / alternative therapy. She is the author of 118 articles. Her research findings not only contribute to the clinical practice in terms of establishing the women health care model in Taiwan, but also motivating the graduate students to extend her research focus on women health, nursing education and illness management.
Inge B. Corless, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Amelia Peabody Professor in Nursing Research at MGH Institute of Health Professions School of Nursing. She was a Robert Wood Johnson postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Her early work focused on death and dying and hospice. At UCSF, she initiated her first study on HIV/AIDS (1985-86). She has combined her interests in research on symptom management, depression and grief. Corless has been focusing on the question “So what?” She wants to answer that question about her own studies, as well as identify research that makes a difference for patient care. She is a graduate of the Bellevue Schools of Nursing. She completed her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Boston University, a master’s degree in sociology at the University of Rhode Island and a doctoral degree in medical sociology at Brown University.
Julie A. Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN, is professor of nursing and director of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She holds a secondary appointment in the Department of the History and Sociology of Science. Fairman is also a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of two critically acclaimed books, Critical Care Nursing: A History (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998) and Making Room in the Clinic (Rutgers University Press, 2008). Her work examines the historical foundations of contemporary nursing issues, including the nurse practitioner movement; the relationship among gender, technology and nursing; and the negotiation of clinical practice boundaries between providers. Fairman is writing a new book focusing on the intersection of nursing and health care policy.
Fannie G. Gaston-Johansson, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and Elsie M. Lawler Chair of the Department of Acute and Chronic Care at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, is an internationally renowned nurse educator, researcher and clinical practitioner. She is also co-director of a postdoctoral training program in breast cancer research for underserved and minority women. Her research focuses on end-of-life issues with an emphasis on strategies to manage pain and other symptoms in patients with cancer and terminal or chronic illnesses. Gaston-Johansson was named to the Maryland Task Force on Health Care Access and Reimbursement and is the recipient of the National Black Nurses Association's Trailblazer Award. She is the first African-American woman to be a tenured full professor at Johns Hopkins University and has received citations from the U.S. Congress and the government of Sweden for her international and domestic research endeavors. Gaston-Johansson served on the board of directors for the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International.
Kaye A. Herth, PhD, RN, FAAN, is dean emeritus at the School of Nursing, Minnesota State University, Mankato. She has extensive clinical, teaching and administrative experience. Her pioneering research has focused on hope and humor in individuals with a chronic or terminal illness and the impact they have on family or significant others. She has also studied the impact that hope and humor have on homeless families and children. Herth's instruments to measure hope have been translated into 19 languages and are used throughout the world. Her Hope Intervention Program and Guide for Leadership from a Hope Paradigm have achieved national and international recognition. She has published, presented and consulted widely. Her foundational book with colleagues on hope and hopelessness established hope as a crucial construct in health care and across disciplines.
Wipada Kunaviktikul, DSN, RN, is professor and director of the Nursing Policy and Outcome Center (NPOC) at Chiang Mai University Faculty of Nursing in Thailand. She also serves on the national board of the Thailand Health Care Accreditation Institute and on the advisory board of Thailand Nursing and Midwifery Council. She was the dean of Chiang Mai University’s Faculty of Nursing from 2001-08, where she also held the position of first director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre #203 at her university. She was a research fellow at Harvard University, School of Public Health from 2008-09. She has conducted many significant research projects and has more than 50 research publications. The NPOC outcomes have influenced nurses, faculty and students to be leaders in policy, research and practice. The center is a model of development for other institutes in Thailand and other parts of Asia.
Elaine L. Larson, PhD, RN, FAAN, CIC, is associate dean for research and professor of pharmaceutical and therapeutic research at Columbia University School of Nursing and professor of epidemiology at Columbia University School of Public Health. She was formerly a dean at Georgetown University School of Nursing and associate director of nursing at Georgetown Hospital.Larson is editor of the American Journal of Infection Control. She has published more than 200 journal articles and four books and book chapters in the areas of infection prevention, epidemiology and clinical research. She has served as a consultant in infection control and nursing in international settings such as Kuwait, Jordan, Singapore, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Ghana, Peru, Brazil, Spain, Portugal, France and Egypt, as well as the World Health Organization. She is director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research to Prevent Antimicrobial Resistance. Larson received a baccalaureate in nursing, a master’s in nursing and microbiology, and a doctorate in epidemiology from the University of Washington and a postdoctoral fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania.
Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk,PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN, is Dean of the College of Nursing and Associate Vice President for Health Promotion and Chief Wellness Officer, The Ohio State University. Her 25-year research program focuses on improving healthy behaviors and on children, teens and parents experiencing stressful life events, such as hospitalization or premature birth. Her extramural funding exceeds $11 million, and recognitions of her contributions to research and nursing include Sigma Theta Tau International’s Audrey Hepburn Award and American Academy of Nursing’s Edge Runner Award. Melnyk is one of only two nurse members on the United States Preventive Services Task Force. Her work is widely disseminated, with more than 170 publications, and her COPE program has been adopted by hospitals and insurers, and adapted by investigators in eight countries. An international expert in evidence-based practice, Melnyk has provided hundreds of presentations and consultations to health care and professional organizations. Recognized as a forerunner in educational texts, Melnyk’s book Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare: A Guide to Best Practice, co-authored by Ellen Fineout-Overholt, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN, is used by more than 300 universities across nursing and health profession disciplines.
Ann Fenley Minnick, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Chenault Professor of Nursing, senior associate dean for research, director of the postdoctoral program and co-director of the PhD program at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She has taught and held leadership positions in all levels of university-based nursing education programs. Minnick has held clinical and national research leadership positions and led more than 25 funded research projects. Her research findings have influenced clinical and administrative practice guidelines and public policies, including those regarding the nursing workforce. She has authored more than 95 publications and made hundreds of presentations nationally and internationally. Her overall research expertise has led to consultations at every level of government and with international agencies and private entities. Minnick earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at Michigan State University, a master’s degree at Loyola University Chicago and a PhD at Northwestern University.
Merle H. Mishel, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Kenan Professor of Nursing and director of doctoral and postdoctoral programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. Her career has focused on developing the middle range theory of uncertainty in illness, with scales to measure this concept, and the reconceptualization of uncertainty in illness. The uncertainty-in-illness scales have been translated into more than 15 languages and are used around the world. In her current work, she is developing and testing interventions for cancer patients in managing uncertainty. Mishel has been funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research and the National Cancer Institute for six intervention studies on breast or prostate cancer. Her current intervention study is with younger breast cancer survivors and is based on the reconceptualized uncertainty theory. She is developing a biopsychological model of uncertainty in illness. Mishel has a master's degree in psychiatric nursing and a PhD in social psychology.
Ida (Ki) Moore, DNSc, RN, FAAN, is professor and director of the Behavioral Health Science Division at the University of Arizona College of Nursing. For the past 25 years, she has focused her program of research on childhood cancer, more specifically the deleterious effects of cancer treatment on the central nervous system (CNS). Moore and her research team have contributed new knowledge about the mechanisms of treatment-related CNS injury and consequential cognitive, academic and behavioral adjustment outcomes among children with cancer. Translating this knowledge into practice, she is developing and testing innovative and effective interventions to preserve and improve academic abilities and quality of life for children receiving CNS treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Moore's sustained research program has significantly contributed to the health of children with cancer by advancing knowledge about the toxicity associated with CNS medical treatment, developing basic science models to investigate novel hypotheses about injury mechanisms, and testing cognitive interventions to improve academic and quality-of-life outcomes among the ever-increasing population of childhood cancer survivors.
Debra K. Moser, DNSc, RN, FAAN, is professor and holder of the first endowed chair in nursing at the University of Kentucky. Her research concentrates on improving morbidity, mortality and quality-of-life outcomes in patients with heart failure and acute myocardial infarction and on preventing cardiovascular disease. In addition to her academic position, she is co-editor of the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, director of the RICH Heart Program and director of the Center for Biobehavioral Research in Self-Management of Cardiopulmonary Disease.She has received numerous awards in recognition of her work, including the 2006 Katharine A. Lembright Award from the American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and the 2007 Distinguished Research Lecturer award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Moser holds a Master of Nursing degree and Doctor of Nursing Science degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Mary A. Nies, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAAHB, the Carol Grotnes Belk Endowed Chair in Nursing and professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte School of Nursing, has received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and foundations for her research focusing on health promotion across the life span for vulnerable populations. She served as permanent member of an NIH study section and has been published in numerous journals. Her textbook, Community/Public Health Nursing, now in its fifth edition, is known for its upstream and social justice approach. Nies received the American Public Health Association's Ruth B. Freeman Award, Sigma Theta Tau International's Excellence in Mentorship Award from Rho Chapter, and Midwest Nursing Research Society's Public Health/Community Health Experienced Investigator Research Excellence Award. She is past chair of the Expert Panel on Women’s Health for the American Academy of Nursing. Nies serves on the American Journal of Health Behavior editorial board and is a member of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society. She received a BSN from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; MSN from Loyola University, Chicago; and PhD from the University of Illinois, Chicago.
May L. Wykle, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA, is dean and the Marvin E. and Ruth Durr Denekas Professor of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. She is a respected and accomplished scholar, teacher, active researcher and advocate for diversity. She has achieved national and international recognition as an expert in the field of gerontological nursing, and she is a mentor who has influenced and empowered geriatric nurse scholars. Wykle’s extensive research contributions to nursing science have covered such areas as geriatric mental health, family caregiving, minority caregivers and caring for patients with dementia. In 2010, she received the Mary Mahoney Award from the American Nurses Association. In 2007, she was honored with the establishment of the May L. Wykle Professorship, the first professorship named for an African-American at Case Western Reserve University. Wykle is a past president of Sigma Theta Tau International and received her BSN, MSN and PhD from Case Western Reserve University.