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 19 nurse researchers into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame at STTI's 26th International Nursing Research Congress, 23-27 July 2015 in Puerto Rico. On Saturday, 25 July, the 19 nurses, representing the countries of Australia, Belgium, Canada, and the United States, were presented with the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame award and participated in a conversation with STTI President Hester C. Klopper, PhD, MBA, RN, RM, FANSA.
2015 International Hall of Fame Inductees
Elizabeth R. A. Beattie, PhD, RN, FGSA, is professor of aged and dementia care, director of the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre: Carers and Consumers, and director of the Queensland Dementia Training Study Centre in the School of Nursing at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. Her expertise is in psychiatric and gerontological nursing. Beattie’s primary research interests are in the areas of preventing negative functional outcomes of behavioral issues in dementia, carer support, quality of life, and decisional capacity. She is a member of Phi Delta-at-Large Chapter.
Stijn Blot, PhD, MNSc, RN, is a research professor at Ghent University in Belgium (Flanders) and honorary professor at The University of Queensland, Australia. In the past 15 years, he has published more than 200 articles in international journals in the field of health care-associated infections and outcomes research in critical care. He has also coauthored several books or book chapters on infectious diseases in critically ill patients. His work has been recognized with several international awards, and he is chair of the Nurses and Allied Health Professionals Committee of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine. Blot has been a member of the Flemish Society for Critical Care Nurses since 1996. He is an editorial board member of the American Journal of Critical Care and Australian Critical Care, and he is an international advisory board member of the Intensive and Critical Care Nursing journal. He has served as referee for over 70 nursing and non-nursing journals. He is a member of Rho Chi-at-Large Chapter.
WendyP. Chaboyer, PhD, RN, is director of the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Research Centre of Excellence in Nursing Interventions for Hospitalised Patients—the first NHMRC-funded nursing center of research excellence in Australia. She was foundational director of the Research Centre for Clinical and Community Practice Innovation, which grew significantly in funding, grant successes, membership numbers, and discipline representation during her eight-year tenure. Chaboyer has focused her research interests on acute and critical care nursing practices. Over the past five years, her research has led to a number of studies related to patient safety. Some of this work has been in relation to adverse events, clinical handover, the ICU discharge process, and, more recently, the areas of patient participation in patient safety activities, pressure injury prevention, and surgical wounds. She is a member of Phi Delta-at-Large Chapter.
Greta G. Cummings, PhD, RN, FCAHS, FAAN, is centennial professor at the University of Alberta in Canada. She established the CLEAR (Connecting Leadership Education & Research) Outcomes research program in leadership science in health services, focusing on managers’ leadership practices. She has systematically documented both positive and negative effects of specific leadership practices on outcomes for the health system, the health care workforce, and patients. Since 2003, she has published over 140 peer-reviewed articles in nursing, medical, health services, and sociology journals. Cummings has been recognized with the Canadian Nurses Association Order of Merit for Research Award, the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Award for Research Excellence, and fellowship in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. She has been named a Highly Cited Researcher in social sciences. She is sought out to supervise students, collaborate on research, give addresses on health care leadership, and provide consultative services. Her extensive community service includes positions on editorial and professional boards, including the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care. She is a member of Mu Sigma Chapter.
Susan G. Dorsey, PhD, RN, FAAN, is an associate professor of nursing and anesthesiology, chair of the Department of Pain and Translational Symptom Science, and co-director of the University of Maryland Center for the Advancement of Chronic Pain Research, USA. Her program of research, which has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 2001, focuses on the role for neurotrophin signaling in chronic pain plasticity and muscle function. In addition, she and her group utilize genetic and other “omics” approaches to discover novel therapeutic targets for the treatment of chronic pain. She is a member of Pi Chapter.
Carol J. Farran, DNSc, RN, FAAN, is a professor at Rush University College of Nursing and The Nurses Alumni Association Chair in Health and the Aging Process, USA. She has been a nursing faculty member during her entire career, initially teaching beginning nursing students and currently teaching and mentoring Doctor of Philosophy students and junior faculty members. She has served as an administrator for a nursing education program and has directed Rush University's Doctor of Philosophy program. For many years, she served as principal investigator of the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center’s Education and Information Transfer Core, which focused on implementing a program of multicultural outreach and recruiting African-Americans to participate in dementia-related research. Farran conducted three Research Project Grant clinical trials, funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research, that focused on family caregiver skill building, mental and physical health, and physical activity promotion. She is currently developing and testing a Small Business Technology Transfer mobile-based educational program concerning skill building for family caregivers of persons with dementia. She is highly committed to multidisciplinary teamwork and multicultural issues that advance the science and care of people with Alzheimer’s disease. She is a member of Gamma Phi Chapter.
Mary Beth Happ, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA, is the Distinguished Professor of Critical Care Research at The Ohio State University College of Nursing and director of the Center of Excellence in Critical and Complex Care, USA. A National Institutes of Health-funded researcher, she has served as investigator/mentor on more than 30 studies. Her research program is targeted toward seriously ill older adults and focuses on understanding and improving patient-provider communication in critical and complex illness. Happ led a multidisciplinary team in developing and testing the SPEACS program: nurse training, communication tools, and expert consultation to improve patient communication in the ICU. She also co-led the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative project, SPEACS-2: Improving Patient Communication and Quality Outcomes in the ICU. She co-chairs the American Academy of Nursing Expert Panel on Acute and Critical Care and serves on several journal editorial boards. Her work is widely disseminated in over 130 published articles, editorials, book chapters, and educational modules. She is a member of Epsilon Chapter.
Diane Holditch-Davis, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Marcus E. Hobbs Distinguished Professor of Nursing and associate dean for research affairs at Duke University School of Nursing, USA. She uses observation of parent-child interactions and infant sleep to determine health and developmental outcomes of high-risk infants, including those who are premature, adopted, seropositive for HIV, medically fragile, or children of low-income, depressed mothers. Holditch-Davis has been principal investigator on Research Project Grants funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research that compared the effects of infant massage and kangaroo care administered by mothers on infant health and development and mother-infant interactions; tested the effectiveness of a nursing support intervention for African-American mothers of preterm infants; and examined how biological risk, measured by sleep-wake state development and EEG dysmaturity, interacts with social risk to result in developmental and health outcomes of preterm infants. She is a member of Beta Epsilon Chapter.
Tonda L. Hughes, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a professor and associate dean for global health at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing, USA. She is an internationally recognized researcher with more than 25 years of funded research on women’s mental health and substance use, totaling more than US $20 million. Hughes has served as a consultant to numerous U.S. federal agencies and institutes and to researchers in the United States, Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa, and Thailand. She was the first researcher to garner major national funding for research with sexual minority women—a population considered by the Institute of Medicine to be greatly understudied. Her findings have global implications for understanding sexual minority women’s high-risk health profiles, for improving the health and quality of life of both sexual minority and heterosexual populations, and for progress toward eliminating health disparities based on sexual orientation. She is a member of Alpha Lambda Chapter.
Christine E. Kasper, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a professor and senior research scientist for the Department of Veterans Affairs and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, USA. Her 32-year research career has focused on the cellular mechanisms underlying skeletal muscle atrophy following prolonged immobilization and spaceflight, interventions for explosive blast-induced traumatic brain injury, and genotoxic changes deriving from embedded military-relevant heavy metals. She has published more than 110 research papers, book chapters, and books. Kasper was founding editor of Biological Research for Nursing and is editor of the Annual Review of Nursing Research. She has been principal investigator of multiple National Institutes of Health, NASA, and Department of Veterans Affairs grants. She is a member of Nu Beta Chapter.
Gail Melkus, EdD, C-NP, FAAN, is the Florence and William Downs Professor in Nursing Research, associate dean for research, and director of the Virginia and Muriel Pless Center for Nursing Research at the New York University College of Nursing, USA. She is an internationally recognized expert in diabetes nursing care and research. Her sustained interest in eliminating health disparities among vulnerable populations led her to focus on the development and testing of culturally competent models of diabetes care to improve biobehavioral outcomes. Melkus developed and implemented the first specialty curriculum in diabetes care and research for advanced practice nurses and pre- and postdoctoral students. Her research on physiological and behavioral outcomes of self-management interventions has served as an education and training ground for multidisciplinary scientists nationally and internationally. She serves as principal investigator or mentor on numerous funded projects. She is a member of Upsilon Chapter.
Christine Miaskowski, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a professor at the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing, USA. She is an internationally recognized expert in symptom management research. Her program of research focuses on identification of phenotypic and molecular characteristics that place patients at higher risk for a more severe symptom profile. In addition, she has been a leader in evaluating symptom clusters in oncology patients. Her intervention studies are focused on evaluating pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions to decrease pain in patients with cancer. Across all of her funded studies, Miaskowski works with large teams of transdisciplinary scientists. She is a member of Alpha Eta and Alpha Omega chapters.
Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN,is senior associate vice president of USF Health; dean of the College of Nursing; and professor of nursing, public health, and global health at the University of South Florida, USA. Her more than 20 years of research culminated in HIPTeens (the Health Improvement Project for Teens), a sexual-risk reduction intervention for adolescent girls. The project has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control for significant outcomes in reducing teen pregnancy and HIV/STI infection. Both agencies offer the intervention nationally to organizations interested in promoting sexual-risk reduction in adolescent girls. The author of more than 200 publications, Morrison-Beedy is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and the National Academies of Practice. She is a member of Delta Beta-at-Large Chapter.
Karen Frick Pridham, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Helen Denne Schulte Professor Emerita at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing, USA. She has been a public health nurse, and her research program has focused on the feeding practices and interaction of parents with infants, both healthy and with lung disease or complex congenital heart disease. The aims of this research are to learn about parents' internal working models of caregiving—specifically, feeding through the first year. She has taught in an outreach program for nurse-physician teams, the Department of Family Medicine, and the School of Nursing, all at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Now an emerita professor, Pridham continues her research program and mentoring of nursing students in pediatric nursing research. She is a member of Beta Eta-at-Large Chapter.
Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, is a professor and the Sonya Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair in Gerontology at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, USA. She co-directs the Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Program and the Biology and Behavior Across the Lifespan Research Center of Excellence and does clinical work at Roland Park Place. Her research program is focused on optimizing function and physical activity among older adults and testing dissemination and implementation of interventions in real-world settings. Resnick has authored over 250 published articles, numerous chapters in nursing and medical textbooks, and books on restorative care and resilience. She is editor of Geriatric Nursing; associate editor of numerous journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association; and editorial board member for several journals, including those of The Gerontological Society of America. She has also held leadership positions in multiple organizations. She is a member of Pi Chapter.
Barbara Riegel, DNSc, RN, FAHA, FAAN, is the Edith Clemmer Steinbright Professor of Gerontology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, USA. She is co-editor of the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. Riegel is an established nurse scientist studying adults with cardiovascular disease. Her primary research interest is self-care of older adults with chronic heart failure. With more than 250 peer-reviewed publications, Riegel is recognized internationally for her work in self-care. This interest grew out of her early years as a clinical nurse researcher at Sharp HealthCare, where she led several studies that tested methods of transitioning chronically ill patients from hospital to home. She speaks nationally and internationally on self-care. She is a member of Xi Chapter.
Margarete J. Sandelowski, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, USA, serves as director and principal faculty of the Summer Programs in Qualitative Research offered through the Center for Lifelong Learning at the School of Nursing. She has been published widely in nursing, interdisciplinary health, and social science books; anthologies; and journals in the areas of technology and gender and of qualitative and mixed-methods primary research and research synthesis. Sandelowski has received numerous grants and awards for her achievements in these research domains. She is a member of Alpha Alpha Chapter.
Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and director of the school's World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership, USA. A bilingual and bicultural researcher, she has extensive research and practice experience with Latino and Mexican populations as well as health promotion and health disparities. She incorporates a community-based participatory approach and has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator of more than eight randomized clinical trials on reducing high-risk behaviors in teens. Cuídate!, a program to reduce sexual risk behavior among Latino youth, is disseminated nationally by the Centers for Disease Control. Villarruel has assumed leadership in many organizations. A member of the Institute of Medicine, she serves on its Board of Population Health and Public Health Practice and chairs its Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities. She is a member of Xi Chapter.