‚ÄčInternational Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

2013 International Hall of Fame Inductees

The International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame honors nurse researchers who are Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) members; who have achieved significant and sustained national and/or international recognition for their work; and whose research has impacted the profession and the people it serves.

Nineteen nurse researchers were inducted into the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International’s (STTI) International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame at STTI’s 24th International Nursing Research Congress in Prague, Czech Republic, 22-26 July 2013.

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Karen J. Aroian

Karen J. Aroian, PhD, RN, FAAN, received her BS in nursing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, her MS in psychiatric mental health nursing from Boston College, and her PhD in nursing science from the University of Washington. She has more than 30 years of federal and private funding and has generated numerous publications about immigrant and minority stress and psychosocial adaptation, health beliefs and health behaviors, and health care accessibility and utilization. She also developed a widely used measure of immigrant stress, the Demands of Immigration Scale, and is an expert on cross-cultural measurement. Her methodological approaches include qualitative and mixed-method research as well as longitudinal quantitative research designs. Currently she is the director of research and an endowed professor at the University of Central Florida, College of Nursing. In that capacity, shedeveloped a model of research partnerships with health care organizations that facilitates advancing faculty members' programs of research. She is a member of Theta Epsilon Chapter. 

Victoria Lee Champion

Victoria Lee Champion, PhD, RN, FAAN, is distinguished professor and the Edward W. and Sarah Stam Culipher Endowed Chair at Indiana University School of Nursing, USA. Her research career has spanned almost 30 years, focusing on three primary areas: 1) tailored interactive intervention programs to increase screening for both breast and colorectal cancer; 2) use of technology to develop and deliver interventions with the intent of increasing accessibility to our underserved populations; and 3) cancer survivorship, which includes the study of symptoms and symptom burden in cancer survivors. Champion’s studies have been supported continuously during this time from serving on many peer review panels and advisory boards, including her current six-year term on the National Cancer Advisory Board/National Institutes of Health and the American Cancer Society. She is a member of Alpha Chapter.


Sally WaiChi Chan

Sally WaiChi Chan, PhD, MSc, BSc, DipEd, RTN, RMN, RN, FHKCMHN, is department head and professor of the Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies, National University of Singapore. She is a pioneer in nursing research related to mental health nursing in Hong Kong and Singapore and has a consistent record of research grant acquisition. She has received a total of 56 grants since 1992 and has been published extensively (in more than 200 publications) in international nursing and health care journals as well as books and book chapters. Chan serves on the editorial and advisory board of many renowned journals. She is the editor of the Journal of Nursing Interventions and Singapore Nursing Journal. Her main research focus lies in mental health and psychosocial nursing. She has spent the past 20 years on the following key research themes: community mental health, perinatal mental health, old-age mental health, and nursing education. She is a member of Upsilon Eta Chapter.


Barbara Daly

Barbara Daly, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a professor in the School of Nursing and the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and director of clinical ethics services at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. She holds the Gertrude Perkins Oliva Chair in Oncology Nursing. Daly has an established program of research centered on the care of patients facing life-limiting illness and their family caregivers. Over the past 15 years, she has conducted five large National Institutes of Health-funded studies of the chronically critically ill, patients with advanced cancer, and family caregivers. She has received the Distinguished Research Award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Daly has mentored numerous doctoral, postdoctoral, and medical students in research and actively collaborates with faculty colleagues across the university. She is a member of Alpha Mu Chapter.


Sandra B. Dunbar

Sandra B. Dunbar, DSN, RN, FAAN, FAHA, is the Charles Howard Candler Professor and associate dean for academic advancement at Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, USA. A nurse researcher and educator, she focuses on psychosocial responses to serious cardiovascular illness, such as heart failure and ventricular arrhythmia and treatment with implantable technology. Studies of patient and family responses have led to development and testing of interventions to improve physical and psychosocial outcomes. Dunbar has studied a family-focused intervention to improve outcomes for heart failure patients, and she completed another clinical trial of a psychoeducational intervention to improve psychological outcomes of patients treated with implantable cardioverter defibrillators. She is developing and testing interventions to improve integrated self-care for persons with heart failure and concomitant diabetes. She is also the principal investigator of a National Institutes of Health-funded study focused on caregiver stress for those assisting family members who have heart failure. She is a member of Alpha Epsilon Chapter.


Susan Gennaro

Susan Gennaro, DSN, RN, FAAN, dean and professor of the William F. Connell School of Nursing, Boston College, USA, is a National Institutes of Health-funded researcher who currently sits on the Advisory Council for the National Institute of Nursing Research and the Nursing Advisory Council of the March of Dimes. She is editor of the Journal of Nursing Scholarship. Gennaro's research in the United States attempts to explain the antecedents and consequences of preterm birth. The focus of her international research has been on improving the safety of childbirth. She is a member of Alpha Chi Chapter.

Margaret McLean Heitkemper

Margaret McLean Heitkemper, PhD, RN, FAAN, is professor, chairperson, and Elizabeth Sterling Soule Endowed Chair, Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems; adjunct professor, Division of Gastroenterology; and director, Center for Research on Management of Sleep Disturbances at the University of Washington, USA. She received her BSN from Seattle University, master’s degree in nursing from the University of Washington, and PhD in physiology and biophysics from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Heitkemper leads an interdisciplinary team focused on the study of the pathophysiology and nonpharmacological management of individuals with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Her team is studying the interaction of stress, sleep, genetics, and symptoms (e.g., pain) in women with IBS. This work has been substantially funded by the National Institute for Nursing Research— National Institutes of Health. She is a member of Psi-at-Large Chapter.


Ann Kurth

Ann Kurth, PhD, RN, CNM, FAAN, is a professor at New York University College of Nursing (NYUCN) and executive director of NYUCN Global. She works on HIV, reproductive health, and global health workforce/health systems. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Gates Foundation, UNAIDS, and others for studies in the United States and internationally. She has consulted on methodology for the World Health Organization, NIH, the Centers for Disease Control, and Gates. She also led the Health System Strengthening subgroup of the Institute of Medicine committee evaluating the global President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief program. Kurth has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and scholarly monographs, including one of the first books on women and HIV. She served as president of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, which created credentialing certifications for HIV nurses. She has a PhD (epidemiology, University of Washington), an MSN (nurse-midwifery, Yale University), and an MPH (Columbia University). Kurth is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and of the New York Academy of Medicine. She is a member of Upsilon Chapter.


Yeur-Hur Lai

Yeur-Hur Lai, PhD, RN, is a professor in the School of Nursing at National Taiwan University. She is best known for her research and expertise in cancer care, including pain management, quality of life, and care needs. She leads the national tobacco control training and is involved in many cancer policymaking committees in Taiwan. Lai has more than 90 publications and numerous research presentations in nursing/medical and multidisciplinary conferences. She has served in leadership positions in many academic associations: She is past president of the Oncology Nursing Society of Taiwan; was a chapter president of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International from 2005 to 2009; and is a board member of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer. She serves as editor for many international journals and is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Nursing Research. She has received many awards, including the 2002 Oncology Nursing Society International Award for Contribution to Cancer Care and the 2012 Distinguished Contribution Award from the Taiwan Nurses Association. She is a member of Lambda Beta-at-Large Chapter.


Kathryn Lee

Kathryn Lee, PhD, RN, CBSM, FAAN, is a professor and the James and Marjorie Livingston Endowed Chair in Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco (USCF). She is associate dean for research at the School of Nursing and director of a Nurse Research Training Grant on Symptom Management. Lee is co-director of UCSF’s Mentor Development Program in Clinical and Translational Science. She has been a principal investigator and co-investigator on research teams contributing to the understanding of sleep and sleep disorders across the lifespan. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, is certified in behavioral sleep medicine, and is a founding member of the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine. The interdisciplinary nature of her research has made important contributions to clinical practice. Lee mentors faculty and students in research within UCSF and at other universities nationally and internationally. She is a member of Alpha Eta Chapter. 

Marie Poggenpoel

Marie Poggenpoel, BArt et Scien, M Soc Sc, D Phil, RN, a nurse academic attached to the University of Johannesburg, is an internationally known expert on qualitative research. She is rated by the National Research Foundation of South Africa as an established researcher with international recognition. For the past 10 years, her research has focused on the experience and management of aggression in South African society. She has published more than 150 articles from research projects she has led and has supervised more than 150 master’s and more than 100 doctoral students to graduation. She is a member of Tau Lambda-at-Large Chapter.


Therese Richmond

Therese “Terry” S. Richmond, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, is the Andrea B. Laporte Endowed Term Professor in the School of Nursing and professor of nursing in surgery in the School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, USA. Her research focuses on the intersection of physical and mental health after traumatic injury and its effect on recovery. She is currently funded to examine psychological consequences of injury in urban black men (R01NR013503). Richmond has an extensive research program in preventing violence, particularly in vulnerable populations. She co-founded and is research director of the Firearm & Injury Center at the University of Pennsylvania, which is an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to reducing injury and death from violence. She is a fellow in the Center for Public Health Interest, the Jerry Lee Center of Criminology, and the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Care Economics—all interdisciplinary research centers. She directs the Hillman Scholar Program in Nursing Innovation, which is an integrated and rigorous BSN-PhD program. She is a member of Xi Chapter.


Claire Rickard

Claire Rickard, PhD, RN, is a respected leader whose acute and critical-care research has significantly influenced practice. She is a chief investigator with the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Centre for Research Excellence in Nursing Interventions for Hospitalised Patients, the Griffith Health Institute - Health Practice Innovation Program, and the School of Nursing & Midwifery at Griffith University in Australia. She is a fellow of the Australian College of Nursing. Rickard’s work was awarded Australian Nursing Innovation of the Year in 2008, and she was named in Australia’s Top 10 Emerging Leaders (Health) in 2009. Rickard’s Intravascular Access Device Research Group undertakes large, randomized controlled trials and Cochrane systematic reviews of interventions to prevent complications including infection, blood loss, and device failure. Rickard’s multidisciplinary team includes nurses, doctors, microbiologists, chemists, engineers, statisticians, and economists; has attracted significant research funding; and has been published in respected journals such as The Lancet. She is a member of Phi Delta-at-Large Chapter.


Laetitia Rispel

Laetitia Rispel, PhD, RN, RM, is head of the School of Public Health and associate professor at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her research expertise is broadly in public health and specifically in health policy and systems research (HPSR), with more than 70 publications (peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and technical reports) in the HPSR field. A creative teacher, she has experience in teaching both undergraduate and post-graduate students. Until June 2012, she was principal investigator of a large, multiyear research program titled Research on the State of Nursing. The overall goal of the program was to develop and strengthen the evidence for improved nursing policy development and practice in South Africa. She is president of the Public Health Association of South Africa and serves on the governing council of World Federation of Public Health Associations. She is a member of Tau Lambda-at-Large Chapter.


Phyllis W. Sharps

Phyllis W. Sharps, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a professor of nursing and public health and associate dean for community and global programs at The Johns Hopkins University, USA. She is a maternal child health expert, a researcher, and a mentor to the next generations of nurses, local to global. She is also the director of three nurse-led health and wellness centers that provide care to women and children and are sites for community-based research. Her research program examines the effects of intimate-partner violence on the physical and emotional health of pregnant women, infants, and very young children. She has received funded grants from the National Institutes of Health, for nursing home visiting, and for using computer tablets for screening and implementing the Domestic Violence Enhanced Visitation Program, an intervention to keep abused women and babies safe from intimate-partner violence. A fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, she is a member of Nu Beta Chapter.


Kyung Rim Shin

Kyung Rim Shin, EdD, RN, FAAN, is a professor at the College of Health Science, Division of Nursing Science, Ewha Womans University, Republic of Korea. She received her doctoral education at Columbia University, graduating in 1992. She then returned to Korea, accepting a position at Ewha Womans University as an assistant professor. Shin moved rapidly through the ranks and was appointed professor in 2001. From 2002 to 2004, she served as president of the International Council on Women’s Health and, at the same time, as dean of university relations and development. In 2006, she was appointed as dean of the College of Nursing Science, and from 2007 to 2012, she was dean of Nursing Science and dean of the College of Health Science. In May, Shin was elected to the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea and is now a member of parliament. Throughout these 20 years, Shin continued to conduct nursing research at a most impressive rate. She is a qualitative researcher but not exclusively. Her area of inquiry is gender and health, and her “method” is mainly phenomenological; she has written and contributed to books on this method. She has been published extensively and consistently on various aspects of the health of elderly women. Shin has translated 16 U.S. qualitative inquiry texts and 16 general nursing texts into Korean. She is a member of Lambda Alpha-at-Large Chapter.


JoEllen Wilbur

JoEllen Wilbur, PhD, APAN, FAAN, is a professor, endowed Independence Foundation Chair in nursing, and associate dean for research at Rush University College of Nursing, USA. For two decades she has conducted a series of community-based clinical trials to develop evidence-based behavior-change interventions to increase physical-activity adherence and improve cardiovascular outcomes in women. Her current research is a physical-activity clinical trial, conducted in six Chicago, Illinois, communities, to test the use of the group visit for African-American women and one of three different telephone conditions. Wilbur has widely disseminated her work in reviewed publications and served on editorial boards and grant review panels. She has mentored a number of international doctoral students, National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award-funded predoctoral trainees, and postdoctoral fellows. Her awards include the 2011 Distinguished Contribution Award from the Midwest Nursing Research Society for contributions to nursing research. She is a member of Alpha Lambda and Gamma Phi chapters.


Ann Bartley Williams

Ann Bartley Williams,EdD, RN, FAAN, is professor of nursing and asssociate dean for research at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Nursing. Before moving to UCLA, Williams was the Jayne Professor of Nursing and professor of medicine at Yale University. From 1991 to 2010, she led the Connecticut AIDS Education and Training Center. She is guest professor, Faculty of Nursing, Xiangya School of Medicine, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan Province, China. For more than three decades, Williams has worked as a nurse practitioner caring for people with HIV and AIDS in the United States and abroad. Her program of research is a direct outgrowth of that clinical work. She designed and conducted some of the earliest studies of AIDS among drug users. Her work tested interventions to decrease HIV transmission, improve gynecologic care of women living with HIV, and increase patient adherence to antiretroviral medication. She is a member of Gamma Tau-at-Large Chapter.


Nancy Fugate Woods

Nancy Fugate Woods, PhD, RN, FAAN, is professor of biobehavioral nursing and dean emeritus at the University of Washington School of Nursing, USA. She has led a sustained program of research in the field of women’s health. Her collaborative, interdisciplinary research has resulted in an improved understanding of women’s experiences of menstrual cycle symptoms as well as the menopausal transition, including endocrine, social, personal, and genetic factors influencing symptoms and women’s approaches to symptom management. In 1989, Woods and her colleagues, including Joan Shaver, PhD, RN, FAAN, established the first National Institutes of Health-funded Center for Women’s Health Research at the University of Washington School of Nursing and established the Seattle Midlife Women’s Health Study, a longitudinal study of women during the menopausal transition and early postmenopause. She is an investigator for the Women’s Health Initiative Study and for the Menopause Strategies: Finding Lasting Answers for Symptoms and Health study of symptom-management approaches for hot flashes and related symptoms. Her honors include election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and to the American Academy of Nursing. She is a member of Psi-at-Large Chapter.