International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame
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.
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) inducted 25 nurse researchers into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame at STTI’s 25th International Nursing Research Congress in Hong Kong, 24-28 July 2014. On Saturday, 26 July, these 25 esteemed individuals representing the countries of Australia, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the United States were presented with the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame award; participated in a conversation with STTI President Hester C. Klopper, PhD, MBA, RN, RM, FANSA; and were celebrated for their achievements.
2014 International Hall of Fame Inductees
Li-Chi Chiang, PhD, RN, is professor, School of Nursing, National Defense Medical Center in Taiwan. A pediatric nursing professor for more than 30 years, she has studied assessment and management of pain in children and helped them and their families cope with chronic illness. She has improved the quality of life for children through biofeedback and patient- and family-centered care. Her series of studies over 15 years led to the development of a hospital-based health education program for children with asthma. Family-centered care (FCC), the core value of taking care of children and their families, has been the leading concept in Chiang’s recent studies. Because asthma is a chronic disease, it affects both pediatric patients and their families. Developing a specific family intervention and providing care and concern for the whole family are essential. Through family life courses, nurses can help families achieve more healthy lives. Chiang is a member of Lambda Beta-at-Large Chapter.
Deborah Chyun, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, is professor and executive associate dean at New York University College of Nursing, USA, where she also served as director of the Florence S. Downs PhD Program in Nursing Research and Theory Development. Previously, Chyun served 21 years on the faculty at Yale University, where she received her Master of Science in Nursing and her Doctor of Philosophy in Chronic Disease Epidemiology degrees. She has led interdisciplinary research teams and developed a research program focusing on cardiac-related outcomes and quality of life in older adults with type 2 diabetes. Chyun has extensive experience in training and mentoring health professionals in the United States as well as internationally. She serves as vice chair of the American Heart Association’s Council of Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing. Chyun is a manuscript reviewer for more than 20 nursing and medical journals and is associate editor of Nursing Research. She is a member of Upsilon Chapter.
Mary D. Courtney, PhD, MHP, BAdmin, RN, FACN, is professor of nursing and head of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine at Australian Catholic University in Brisbane, Australia. For 20 years, she has maintained a significant and sustained level of achievement in nursing research that has had a broad impact on the national and international community. Her major contributions focus on advancing nursing knowledge in in-home assessment, telephone case management, discharge planning, transitional care, and prevention of hospital readmissions in vulnerable population groups, such as older people who are at risk of poor outcomes. Courtney conducts research studies on applied translational health services, undertaking evaluations of innovative clinical interventions and new models of health service delivery to improve efficiency and intervention effectiveness in hospital and community health settings. She has authored 126 referred articles, 21 book chapters, and four books. She has received funding totaling $5 million, including a recent grant of $1.9 million to evaluate nursing interventions for people with dual diagnosis of cardiovascular disease and diabetes to reduce hospital readmission. She is a member of Phi Delta-at-Large Chapter.
Martha A.Q. Curley, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Ellen and Robert Kapito Professor in Nursing Science at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, USA, and holds a joint appointment in critical care medicine at the university’s Perelman School of Medicine. She is also a nurse scientist at Boston Children’s Hospital. Curley’s research—funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; the National Institute of Nursing Research; and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Human Development—has specifically focused on nurse-implemented interventions. Throughout several decades, Curley’s studies have illuminated relationship-based care when partnering with parents of critically ill children and have influenced the practice of caring for critically ill pediatric patients with acute respiratory failure. Curley has also led the development and dissemination of core metrics in the field of pediatrics. She received her diploma in nursing from Springfield Hospital School of Nursing, her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, her Master of Science in Nursing in acute care pediatrics degree from Yale School of Nursing, and her Doctor of Philosophy degree from Boston College. She is a member of Xi Chapter.
Cynthia M. Dougherty, PhD, ARNP, FAHA, FAAN, is professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems at the University of Washington School of Nursing, USA, and a nurse practitioner in cardiology at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. Dougherty is a pioneer and remains one of a handful of nurse scientist experts in promoting health for patients and families in the context of cardiac arrest and receipt of the implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). Over the past two decades, she and her research team have engaged in clinical research on behalf of patients who suffer cardiac arrest, are resuscitated by paramedics, and go on to receive an ICD and live normal lives. Dougherty received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Nebraska, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Ioa, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Washington. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the American Heart Association and a member of Psi-at-Large Chapter.
Carol Estwing Ferrans, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and associate dean for research at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing, USA, is internationally recognized for her groundbreaking work in quality of life. She developed the Ferrans and Powers Quality of Life Index, which has been translated into 21 languages and used in more than 30 countries. Ferrans’ research also focused on reducing the African-American death rate from breast cancer, which was twice that of Caucasians in Chicago at its peak. Her research showed that cultural beliefs contribute directly to later diagnosis of breast cancer in African-American and Hispanic women, and she reached more than 8,000 women with a short film that changes those beliefs. Ferrans’ research and advocacy work culminated in creation of the Illinois Reducing Breast Cancer Disparities Act, which was designed to improve access to screening and quality of mammography throughout Illinois. This work provides a model for the effective dissemination of research findings to create wide-ranging changes in health care and policy. She is a member of Alpha Lambda Chapter.
Betty R. Ferrell, PhD, MA, RN, FAAN, FPCN, CHPN, has been in oncology nursing for 35 years and has focused her clinical expertise and research on pain management, quality of life, and palliative care. She is director of nursing research and education and professor at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, USA. Ferrell has been principal investigator of Palliative Care for Quality of Life and Symptom Concerns in Lung Cancer, a project funded by the National Cancer Institute. The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) project was developed after her research findings revealed that end-of-life care was absent in nursing education curricula. As principal investigator of ELNEC, she developed curricula in end-of-life/palliative care for undergraduate and graduate nursing programs; for oncology, pediatric, critical care, and geriatric nursing; and for veterans with life-threatening illnesses. Ferrell’s seminal research in education and practice has fostered hundreds of nurse leaders and scholars in palliative and end-of-life care of individuals and families, satisfying the International Council of Nurses mandate that all nurses provide quality end-of-life care. Her significant research contributions to the ELNEC program have benefited thousands of nurses, patients, and families throughout the world. She is a member of Gamma Tau-at-Large Chapter.
Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, is Elizabeth Brooks Ford Professor of Nursing at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, USA. She has invested her professional energies in science development for the discipline of nursing, including theory and research. She has contributed widely to global nursing and health care research literature through publications and classic dissemination efforts, including three editions of the Encyclopedia of Nursing Research and editing the journal Applied Nursing Research. She is widely published in nursing and health care literature in more than 300 publications, including more than 75 books. Her own scholarship has been focused on the meaningfulness of life, including patients’ experiences through health and illness and the meaningfulness of nurses’ worklife. She is a member of Alpha Mu Chapter.
Nancy Glass, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, is professor and associate director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, USA, where she conducts clinical and community-based interventions with diverse populations across multiple domestic and global settings. She is principal investigator (PI) of five federally funded multidisciplinary research studies to test employment, economic empowerment, and safety interventions to improve the health of survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) and their families. She is PI of a UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund)-funded trial to determine effectiveness of a primary prevention and response program on safety for women and girls in Somalia and South Sudan. She is co-investigator on a Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugee and Migration-funded partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to develop and test a screening tool to identify survivors of GBV in displaced and refugee populations in Ethiopia, Uganda, and Colombia. In partnership with Congolese-led nongovernmental organizations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, she is testing effectiveness of a livestock microfinance program on health and economic stability. She is a member of Nu Beta Chapter.
Margaret Grey, DrPH, RN, FAAN, dean and Annie Goodrich Professor at Yale University School of Nursing, USA, has been at Yale since January 1993. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Science in Nursing in pediatric nursing from Yale University, and a Doctor of Public Health degree from Columbia University. Her research has focused on improving the lives of youth with type 1 diabetes and preventing type 2 diabetes using innovative Web-based programs, and she has had a major impact on the study of self-management of chronic conditions. Grey has been the principal investigator for grants totaling more than US $32 million, and she has authored more than 270 journal articles, chapters, and abstracts. She has received numerous honors for her research. She is an elected fellow and member of a number of organizations, including the Institute of Medicine, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the American Academy of Nursing. Grey is a member of Delta Mu Chapter.
Joan E. Haase, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Holmquist Professor in Pediatric Oncology Nursing and co-director of the Research in Palliative and End-of-Life Communication and Training (RESPECT) Center at Indiana University, USA. Her research focuses on factors influencing positive adjustment of children/adolescents/young adults with chronic illness and their families. Her Resilience in Illness Model (RIM) is used to guide and evaluate intervention research. The Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Nursing Discipline adapted RIM as the guiding framework for its research and practice missions. COG is the primary cooperative group conducting pediatric cancer research in North America, Australia, New Zealand, and parts of Europe. RIM concepts include social integration, family environment, spiritual perspective, hope-derived meaning, courageous coping, and self-transcendence. Haase’s innovative approaches to theory and instrument development are taught as models of mixed-methods research in graduate nursing programs. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Cornell University; a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of California, Los Angeles; and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Texas Woman’s University. She is a member of Alpha Chapter.
Eun-Ok Im, PhD, MPH, RN, CNS, FAAN, is professor and Marjorie O. Rendell Endowed Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, USA. She is a highly regarded methodologist and theorist in global women’s health. A pioneer in the burgeoning field of groundbreaking Internet research, she has obtained continuous and substantial research funding through more than 30 research grants for the past 20 years. The impact of Im’s research is reflected in her more than 300 papers, abstracts, and chapters (approximately 120 referred journal articles) and more than 200 international and national multidisciplinary presentations. Her recognition as a global expert in this area is also reflected in her national and international services on more than 30 multidisciplinary National Institutes of Health review groups and on editorial and review boards for more than 30 prestigious multidisciplinary journals. Im’s articulation of the new approach of situation-specific theory has been a crucial and productive addition to nursing theory. She is a member of Xi Chapter.
Deborah Koniak-Griffin, EdD, RNC, FAAN, is professor and Audrienne H. Moseley Endowed Chair in Women’s Health Research at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Nursing, USA. She is chair of the Health Promotions Science Section and director of the Center for Vulnerable Populations. Koniak-Griffin’s integrated program of research and scholarly works build on clinical experiences as a women’s health care nurse practitioner and public health nurse. She is an international expert in maternal-child/women’s health with more than 150 publications. In 2012, Koniak-Griffin received the Pathfinder's Distinguished Service Award from Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research for advancing understanding of health and health care. Numerous federal grants have supported her development of health promotion interventions for young parents and their children. Three of those interventions are evidence-based models that the U.S. government endorses. Koniak-Griffin earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Columbia University, a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Doctor of Education degree from Teachers College at Columbia University. She is a member of Gamma Tau-at-Large Chapter.
Elizabeth Manias, PhD, RN, CertCritCare, BPharm, MPharm, MNurs, DLF-ACN, MPSA, MSHPA, is a research professor at Deakin University School of Nursing and Midwifery. She is a qualified nurse and pharmacist, and her work considers the importance of working collaboratively in clinical settings to improve quality in health care. She has made outstanding contributions to patient safety, medication management, interpersonal and organizational communication, and consumer participation. Her work has led to translational outputs in developing and implementing tools aimed at identifying medication-related problems in patients of non-English-speaking backgrounds and in patients presenting to the emergency department, and in identifying patients’ ability to administer medications in hospitals. These tools are used extensively by clinicians, managers, and policymakers. Manias’ work on inappropriate medication management in older people and young children has been featured widely in the media. She developed the Medication Communication Model, which is based on many years of observing how health professionals of different disciplines, patients, and families communicate with each other about how to manage medications in diverse environments. She is a member of Xi Omicron Chapter.
Ruth McCorkle, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Florence Schorske Wald Professor of Nursing at Yale School of Nursing, USA, and professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health. She was program leader of cancer control at Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center from 1998 to 2010. She was recently appointed assistant director of Psychosocial Oncology Research at Smilow Cancer Hospital, Yale New Haven. An international leader in cancer nursing, education, and research, McCorkle has done landmark research on testing the effects of the role of the advanced practice nurse on patient and caregiver outcomes. She has secured national funding for this program of research over four decades. McCorkle has been a faculty member of the University of Washington and the University of Pennsylvania, where she is professor emeritus. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a member of the Institute of Medicine and Delta Mu Chapter.
Brendan G. McCormack, DPhil(Oxon.), BSC(Hons.) Nursing, PGCEA, FEANS, RGN, RMN, is professor of nursing and head of the Division of Nursing School of Health Sciences at Queen Margaret University, United Kingdom. His internationally recognized work in person-centered practice development and research have resulted in successful long-term collaborations in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Norway, Netherlands, Canada, Australia, and South Africa. His writing and research work focus on person-centered practice, gerontological nursing, and practice development, and he serves on a number of editorial boards, policy committees, and development groups in these areas. He has a particular focus on the use of arts and creativity in health care research and development. McCormack has more than 150 peer-reviewed publications and has had eight books published. He is editor of the International Journal of Older People Nursing and is a fellow and board member of The European Academy of Nursing Science. In 2011, the University of Ulster awarded him the status of senior distinguished research fellow in recognition of his research achievements. He is a member of Phi Mu Chapter.
Usha Menon, PhD, RN, FAAN, is vice dean and professor at the College of Nursing and director of community engagement for the Center for Clinical Translational Sciences at The Ohio State University, USA. Her research focuses on increasing early detection of cancer among ageing and vulnerable minority populations and reducing health disparities in cancer prevention through tailored and targeted interventions that are guided by rigorous theory-based models of inquiry. With consistent funding from the National Institutes of Health, Menon has incorporated models of dissemination and implementation testing of screening interventions in national and international settings into her research program. She is a recognized expert in behavior change theory and intervention research and is passionate about mentoring future nurse scientists. She is a member of Epsilon and Alpha chapters.
Norma Metheny, PhD, RN, FAAN, is professor at Saint Louis University School of Nursing, USA, where she serves as associate dean of research. She also holds the Dorothy A. Votsmier Endowed Chair in Nursing. In the past 20 years, Metheny has conducted six major National Institutes of Health-funded studies of methods to prevent complications in critically ill tube-fed patients. Findings from her studies serve as the basis for widely circulated practice guidelines to determine feeding tube placement and to prevent aspiration associated with tube feedings. Among her numerous awards are the GE Healthcare-AACN Pioneering Spirit Award and the Distinguished Research Lecturer award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Metheny serves as a mentor for junior faculty and doctoral students, and she communicates with nurses around the world who work to improve care of tube-fed patients. She is a member of Delta Lambda Chapter.
Robin P. Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, is professor and chair of the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health and co-director of the Center for Health Outcomes Research at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, USA. Her research focuses on health-system interventions to improve care and patient outcomes. She has been published extensively on health services improvement interventions and evidence-based practice. Newhouse was appointed to the Methodology Committee of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute by the comptroller general of the U.S. Government Accountability Office and is currently serving as committee chair. She has also been appointed to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Standing Committee on Credentialing Research in Nursing and to the IOM study on Treatment of Cardiac Arrest: Current Status and Future Directions. She serves on the American Nurses Credentialing Center Research Council and is past chair of the Research and Scholarship Advisory Council for the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International. She is a member of Pi and Nu Beta chapters.
Adeline Nyamathi, PhD, ANP, FAAN, is distinguished professor and associate dean for international research and scholarly activities and Audrienne H. Moseley Endowed Chair in Community Health Research at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Nursing, USA. She has led an impressive multidisciplinary team as principal investigator of nine National Institutes of Health (NIH) Regions of Interest and a number of other NIH-funded awards throughout the past 28 years. Her research has focused on culturally sensitive intervention programs for impoverished and/or homeless populations at risk for HIV and other comorbidities in Los Angeles and India. Many of Nyamathi’s studies represent the first randomized experimental designs conducted in hidden and high-risk populations, and they have led to program and institutional changes. She has had more than 180 papers published in leading interdisciplinary journals and has received numerous honors and awards, including fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing, the Distinguished UCLA Wellness Lecturer Award, and distinguished alumnus awards in both her master’s and doctorate programs. She is a member of Gamma Tau-at-Large Chapter.
Gayle G. Page, DNSc, RN, FAAN, professor and Independence Foundation Chair in Nursing Education at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, USA, has been a faculty member since 1998. From 1993 to 1998, she was a faculty member at The Ohio State University College of Nursing. Her program of research is dedicated to providing evidence that unrelieved pain has significant biologic consequences. She has shown experimentally that undergoing and recovering from surgery can promote tumors and that providing pain relief significantly ameliorates this consequence. Her continuing work focuses on impact of early postnatal pain on responses to both painful and nonpainful stress at maturity. Page has also collaborated with a number of investigators to study the neuroendocrine and immune responses to laboratory or naturally occurring chronic stressors in healthy individuals, those undergoing joint replacement, individuals with sickle cell disease, and women in situations of domestic violence, as well as those seeking to escape domestic violence. Page is a member of Nu Beta Chapter.
Nilda (Nena) Peragallo Montano, DrPH, RN, FAAN, dean and professor at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, USA, is a renowned nurse scientist who has devoted her career to improving the health of disparate populations in the United States and globally. Her solid research-funding record includes positions as director and principal investigator of the University of Miami Center of Excellence for Health Disparities Research (El Centro), funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities/National Institutes of Health (NIMHD/NIH). Peragallo Montano is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, a past member of the NIH/NIMHD Advisory Council, a past president of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, and founding editor of Hispanic Healthcare International. She is an adjunct professor of the Australian Catholic University Faculty of Health Sciences and a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program National Advisory Committee. HispanicBusiness honored her as one of the 100 Most Influential Leaders of 2012. She is a member of Beta Tau and Theta Epsilon chapters.
Linda Sarna, PhD, RN, FAAN, AOCN, professor and Lulu Wolf Hassenplug Endowed Chair at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Nursing, USA, is recognized for her scholarship promoting nursing involvement in tobacco control and her research focused on quality of life and symptoms of patients with lung cancer. Because smoking affects interventions with patients as well as nurses’ health, Sarna led the Tobacco Free Nurses initiative to help nurses quit smoking. Her Web-based intervention studies involve nurses in the United States, China, and Eastern Europe with the goal that every nurse is prepared to help patients quit tobacco use and reduce tobacco-related disease, premature mortality, and suffering. She has received numerous honors for her work, including recognition from the Oncology Nursing Society as a Distinguished Research Professor. Sarna has collaborated with national and international nursing organizations on tobacco control policies. Among her extensive publications is a monograph for the World Health Organization about the nurse’s role in reducing noncommunicable diseases and risk factors, especially tobacco use. She is a member of Gamma Tau-at-Large Chapter.
Joan Shaver, PhD, RN, FAAN, is professor and dean of the University of Arizona College of Nursing, USA, and was dean at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 1996 until 2009. For more than 20 years, she has conducted funded studies in women’s health and sleep science, particularly women in menopausal transition and with fatiguing health conditions such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Her scientific work has been published in nursing, medical, and interdisciplinary journals. Shaver has served on the National Advisory Council for the National Institutes of Health National Institute of Nursing Research and Scientific Advisory Committee for the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research in Canada. She is a fellow and past president of the American Academy of Nursing and a fellow of the Western Academy of Nursing. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Research from the Midwest Nursing Research Society and the Menopause and Sleep Research Award from the North American Menopause Society/Duramed Pharmaceuticals Inc. She is a member of Beta Mu Chapter.
Patsy Yates, PhD, RN, FACN, FAAN, head of the School of Nursing and director of the Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education at Queensland University of Technology in Australia, is an internationally recognized leader in nursing. She has contributed to major scientific advances in cancer and palliative care nursing that have resulted in widespread benefits for patients and families, the profession, and policymakers. She has conducted numerous large-scale trials of novel interventions and service delivery models to improve symptom outcomes for people affected by cancer and at the end of life. She has also pioneered research to advance understanding of the experiences of people affected by cancer and health system interventions to improve services for people at the end of life. Yates has been published extensively, and her work is widely cited and incorporated into practice guidelines and government policies. She has held appointments on numerous boards and committees for federal and state governments and for professional bodies, and governments regularly contact her to undertake research and service development projects. She is a member of Phi Delta-at-Large Chapter.