​International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame 

2012 International Hall of Fame

 “The International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame eternally honors esteemed nurse researchers from around the world who are committed to building the knowledge base in nursing,” says Suzanne Prevost, PhD, RN, COI, STTI president. “This year we recognize 14 nurses from Australia, South Africa, Taiwan and the United States.” 

The award presentation, sponsored by Wiley-Blackwell, will take place in Brisbane, Australia, at STTI’s 23rd International Nursing Research Congress. During this event, honorees will converse with Prevost about topics such as how their careers evolved, what impact their research has had on nursing care, how to connect nursing research and practice, who has had the greatest impact on their career, and what advice they have for nurses pursuing nursing research.

"The International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame Award presented by STTI provides recognition to leading nurse researchers," says Griselda Campbell, associate director of nursing publishing at Wiley-Blackwell. "We are delighted to support these awards and, with STTI, welcome the 14 inductees and offer acknowledgement and appreciation to these outstanding nurse researchers."

The inductees are leaders, mentors, scholars and role models whose research has focused on patient/family outcomes, community wellness, health care policy and health care interventions.  View more information about previous inductees of the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame Award.


2012 International Hall of Fame Inductees are:   (Watch video).

Jerilyn AllenJerilyn Allen, ScD, RN, FAAN, is associate dean for research and M. Adelaide Nutting Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing with joint appointments in the School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is principal investigator and co-investigator on research teams in the nursing, medical and public health arenas, contributing to the understanding of cardiovascular risk factors and lifestyle modification in people with or at high risk for cardiovascular disease. The interdisciplinary nature and findings of this research have made important contributions to the practice of nurses, physicians and other health care providers who are involved in the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. Allen serves as a positive mentor—teaching, guiding and developing faculty and students in research within Johns Hopkins University and other universities nationally and internationally. She is a member of Nu Beta Chapter. 


Patricia M. DavidsonPatricia M. Davidson, PhD, RN, MEd, is professor of cardiovascular and chronic care at the University of Technology, Sydney and professor of cardiovascular nursing research at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, Australia. Her research focuses on noncommunicable diseases and the social determinants of health. Her work has concentrated on improving heart failure management and palliative and supportive care for noncommunicable diseases, and advancing policy, practice and research strategies to improve women’s health. Davidson’s research focuses on models of care development to improve transitional care and access to effective health care services. She is a member of Xi Omicron Chapter.


Helen EdwardsHelen Edwards, PhD, OAM, RN, is professor and head of the School of Nursing at Queensland University of Technology in Queensland, Australia, and is a member of the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation. She is also a program leader for the Wound Management Innovation Cooperative Research Centre and director for the Queensland Dementia Training and Study Centre. She has worked in education and research for 30 years and is internationally recognized for her work in ageing and wound management. In 2008, she established a wound healing community outreach service that is based on an empowerment model of care. Edwards has more than 100 publications, supervises PhD students and serves on editorial boards. In 2011, she received an Order of Australia Medal in recognition of her service to nursing education and research. She was the recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Queensland for outstanding contribution to research and advocacy in aged care and dementia. She is a member of Zeta Omega and Phi Delta chapters.


Minrie GreeffMinrie Greeff, PhD, RN, RM, has been professor in the Africa Unit for Transdisciplinary Health Research of the Faculty of Health Science at North-West University since 2008. She was dean of the School of Nursing Science from 1994 to 2004. An acknowledged researcher, she has published 62 articles in national and international scientific journals. She is on review and editorial boards of seven peer-reviewed journals. She has presented her research findings at 56 national and 73 international conferences. She is the author of 10 chapters in books. Greeff has been a study leader and promoter of 40 master’s and doctoral students. She has been a National Research Foundation (NRF) rated researcher since 2009. In 2011, she received Blue Skies funding from the NRF for innovative research in the field of HIV stigma reduction. In 2011, she received two hall of fame awards. She is a member of Tau Lambda-at-Large Chapter.


Deborah GrossDeborah Gross, DNSc, RN, FAAN, is Leonard and Helen Stulman Professor in Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. She is best known for her work in improving the mental health of young children and their families living in low-income urban communities. At Johns Hopkins University, she holds joint appointments in the schools of Nursing, Medicine and Public Health. She and her colleagues developed the Chicago Parent Program, an innovative parenting program being used by agencies in Chicago, New York City, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Gross was a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow, and among her many recognitions are the Friends of the National Institute for Nursing Research President’s Award for outstanding research and the American Academy of Nursing Edge Runner Award that honors developers of model programs offering solutions to health care challenges. She has served on numerous review panels for the National Institutes of Health and the Institute of Medicine, is widely published, and serves on the editorial boards of Research in Nursing & Health and Nursing Outlook. She is a member of Nu Beta Chapter.


Wlliam L. HolzemerWilliam L. Holzemer, PhD, RN, FAAN, is dean and professor of the College of Nursing, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine, a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a member of the Japan Academy of Nursing. He is an elected member of the International Council of Nurses board of directors, 2005-13. In 2010, he was elected a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. Holzemer is an internationally recognized expert in academic nursing and HIV/AIDS care, providing global leadership to the World Health Organization, the International Council of Nurses and many universities around the world. Under his leadership, the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS) was organized within the American Academy of Nursing to provide a national voice for translational research and health policy development related to nursing science. He has mentored many graduate and postgraduate students throughout his career. He is a member of Alpha Eta and Alpha Tau chapters.


Pamela R. JeffriesPamela R. Jeffries, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, is professor and associate dean for academic affairs at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. She is nationally known for her research and work in developing simulations and online teaching and learning. At Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and throughout the academic community, she is highly regarded for her expertise in experiential learning, innovative teaching strategies, new pedagogies and content delivery using technology in nursing education. Jeffries served as project director for a national simulation study funded by the National League for Nursing and Laerdal Corporation. She was named to the same role for a second National League for Nursing and Laerdal grant to facilitate the creation of Web-based courses for faculty development in simulation and a national simulation innovation resource center. Her current research, funded by a five-year Health Resources and Services Administration grant, aims to develop health information technology scholars. She has received several grants to support her research and numerous teaching awards. She is a member of Alpha Chapter.


Miyong T. KimMiyong T. Kim, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, is a translational researcher who has built a strong program of research focused on community-based participatory research as a means of reducing health disparities among traditionally underserved ethnic minority populations. Her research program examines the effectiveness of self-care strategies for improving health outcomes and overcoming racial, ethnic and social disparities in health care. Kim has been principal investigator on several externally funded research projects and is director of JHU Center for Excellence in Cardiovascular Health for Vulnerable Populations. She has a well-established track record in identifying important social determinants of health disparity that appear to be associated with uncontrolled diabetes mellitus and high blood pressure in underserved ethnic minorities, including stress, low health literacy and insufficient access to health care, health information and health technologies. She also has an excellent reputation for mentoring numerous doctoral and postdoctoral students from various disciplines (nursing, public health, medicine, social work, nutrition). She is a member of Beta Mu and Nu Beta chapters.


Ruth KleinpellRuth Kleinpell, PhD, RN, FAAN, FCCM, is director of the Center for Clinical Research and Scholarship at Rush University Medical Center and professor at Rush University College of Nursing in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She is a certified acute care nurse practitioner and maintains an active practice at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago. She is an experienced researcher, clinician and educator in the areas of acute and subacute care and advanced practice nursing roles. Kleinpell presents and publishes widely and is on the board of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the Institute of Medicine of Chicago and the American College of Critical Care Medicine. She is president of the World Federation of Critical Care Nursing, an organization that represents more than 400,000 critical care nurses from 39 countries. She is a member of Gamma Phi and Alpha Lambda chapters.


Marie T. NolanMarie T. Nolan, PhD, MPH, RN, is professor and chair of the Department of Acute and Chronic Care at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) School of Nursing in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. She is internationally known for her empirical and theoretical work on patient and family decision-making at the end of life, funded by the National Institute for Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health. She has studied patients with advanced cancer, heart failure and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and is testing an intervention to prepare family members for end-of-life decision-making. Nolan holds a joint appointment in the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University. She is also president of the International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing (INDEN), an organization advancing doctoral education in nursing globally. She is JHU director of the doctoral program partnership between the schools of nursing of Johns Hopkins University and Peking Union Medical College in Beijing, China, a collaboration that has produced 20 PhD graduates. She is a member of Nu Beta Chapter.


Linda ShieldsLinda Shields, MD, PhD, FRCNA, holds the position of professor of tropical health nursing at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia, and is an honorary chair in the School of Medicine at The University of Queensland. She is an expert in family-centered care—the topic for which, in 2011, she was awarded a Higher Doctorate-Doctor of Medicine from The University of Queensland. Shields is the first nurse in Australia to attain a higher doctorate. Her current research interests include comparison of differences between nursing outcomes in tropical areas and cooler climes, the history of nursing and family-centered care. She is a member of Xi Omicron Chapter.


Carol E. SmithCarol E. Smith, PhD, RN, FAAN, is professor at the University of Kansas School of Nursing in Kansas City, Kansas, USA. Her contributions to improve nursing are in research, mentorship and use of technology in patient homes and for academic education. She has 25 years of consecutive funding from four institutes of the National Institutes of Health. Her research teams’ interventions have used teleheath, Internet and wireless technologies to provide interdisciplinary care. The interventions have assisted family caregivers in preventing untoward effects of acute and chronic illness in their loved ones who require complex care at home. Smith’s data have been written into national regulations, presented at science forums and congressional panels, and used in funded mentorships for faculty. The team has published in top-notch health science and clinical journals as well as in lay caregiving guides and textbooks. Her research-based interventions have been used by numerous nurses, medical centers, and international and national associations. A policy highlight was her 2008 panel presentation on Capitol Hill to the Congressional 21st Century Health Care Caucus on Supporting Family Caregiving. She is a member of Delta Chapter.


Kathleen R. StevensKathleen R. Stevens, EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, is professor of nursing and director of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northwestern State University of Louisiana, a Master of Science in maternal-child health from Texas Woman’s University and a doctorate in health science research and education from Baylor College of Medicine at the University of Houston. As founding director of the Academic Center for Evidence-Based Practice (ACE), she advances evidence-based quality improvement through research, education and practice. Stevens is an investigator on interprofessional projects emphasizing systematic reviews and organizational improvement. Her trailblazing research investigates uptake of evidence-based practice, knowledge transformation and workforce preparation for quality and safety. She developed and launched the Improvement Science Research Network, a national network “collaboratory” in which to conduct rigorous improvement research projects. Stevens served on STTI’s board of directors and committees, is a national-level consultant and is a fellow of the Academy of Nurse Educators and the American Academy of Nursing. In October 2011, STTI honored her with the Episteme award. She is a member of Delta Alpha-at-Large Chapter.


Hsiu-Hung WangHsiu-Hung Wang, PhD, RN, FAAN, is professor and dean of Kaohsiung Medical University College of Nursing in Taiwan. She received her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. She has dedicated herself to being at the forefront of the nursing profession nationally and internationally and is the first nursing scholar authorized as deputy minister of health in Taiwan. For decades, her research has focused on women’s health and elderly long-term care. Wang has published more than 140 articles in national and international journals. Her education, research and policy work follow a coherent pattern related to women’s health and care of elders. As a nursing scholar, she initiated research on sexual harassment in medical practice, health care and health promotion among women in transnational marriages, and domestic violence against women. These research outcomes have had significant influences on medical and health care systems, society and policymaking in Taiwan. She is a member of Lambda Beta-at-Large Chapter.