‚ÄčInternational Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame


Created in 2010, 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.

STTI will induct 23 nurse researchers, representing six countries, into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame at STTI’s 28th International Nursing Research Congress in Dublin, Ireland, 27-31 July 2017.

On 29 July, these 23 nurses—representing Australia, Canada, Finland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States—will be presented with the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame award and participate in a conversation with STTI President Cathy Catrambone, PhD, RN, FAAN. 


Links to Past Honorees


2017 International Hall of Fame Inductees

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Jane Armer, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a professor at the Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, USA; director of nursing research, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center; founding director of the American Lymphedema Framework Project; and member of the National Lymphedema Network Medical Advisory Committee and Lymphology Association of North America board. As principal investigator for three grants funded by the National Institutes of Health, she has conducted extensive work in lymphedema prevalence, signs and symptoms, anthropometric measurement, and self-management among breast cancer survivors; fatigue among persons with lymphedema; and self-management of chronic illness. She is subcontract principal investigator on an NCI-funded grant prospectively examining lower limb lymphedema following gynecological cancer. Armer also leads the lymphedema research in three NCI-funded Alliance Cooperative Oncology Group trials now underway. She has published more than 125 articles—the majority on lymphedema and cancer survivorship. She has a strong record of mentoring doctoral students, junior faculty, and clinical colleagues. She is a member of Alpha Iota Chapter.

Kathryn H. Bowles, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, is the van Ameringen Professor in Nursing Excellence at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, and director of the Center for Home Care Policy and Research at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. Bowles’ program of research in transitional care, decision support, home care, and the electronic health record has been continuously funded for 20 years by federal and foundation sources. She has over 200 publications and presentations and has served on many international committees and workgroups to advance care of older adults and development of the electronic health record. She is an elected fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) and the American College of Medical Informatics (FACMI). In 2011, Bowles co-founded RightCare Solutions, a software company based on her research on discharge referral decision-making. She is a member of Alpha Nu Chapter.

Diane L. Carroll, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA, FESC, is a nurse scientist in the Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Carroll has maintained a program of research that focuses on improving patient-care outcomes in acute care settings and during health transitions. She has contributed to knowledge that describes the recovery trajectories in patients with cardiovascular disease, tested nursing interventions, and translated knowledge into practice by creating an environment where nurses can ask questions generated from the bedside and answered in mentored research experiences. She has authored more than 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals and four book chapters, and she has presented her research at a number of regional, national, and international research conferences. Carroll is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the European Society of Cardiology, and the American Heart Association. She is a member of Alpha Chi Chapter at Boston College.

Trisha Dunning, PhD, AM, RN, CDE, a professor of nursing at Deakin University and Barewon Health in Australia, is an internationally recognized clinician, author, and researcher. She has served on many professional committees, including two terms on the board of The International Diabetes Federation and she is a member of the Board of Diabetes Victoria. She has held positions in the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA), including president, and currently chairs the ADEA Research Council. She is regularly invited to speak at national and international conferences and has published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles, 10 books, and several diabetes-related guidelines—including the McKellar Guidelines for Managing Older People with Diabetes, which won two safety awards and has been implemented in many aged-care facilities in Australia. Her research focuses on older people with diabetes and end-of-life care. She has a passion for creative writing and has published in that genre. Dunning is a member of Xi Omicron Chapter.

Veronica D. Feeg, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Gitenstein Professor and associate dean at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York, USA. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University, a master’s degree from New York University, and a PhD from Penn State University. She has been a nurse educator for more than 35 years and was editor of Pediatric Nursing, a clinical and research journal, for 25 years. She was the AAN/ANF Senior Nurse Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Medicine in 2004-05 and is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the New York Academy of Medicine. Her research focuses on children and families with an emphasis on pediatric palliative care, along with a trajectory in health informatics and methods. She is a past member of the board of directors for Health Services for Children with Special Needs in Washington, D.C. She is the author of two review books and has authored more than 150 book chapters, research articles, and editorials. She is a member of Epsilon Kappa Chapter.

Mei R. Fu, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a tenured associate professor of nursing at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, New York University, New York, NY, USA. She is an internationally known researcher and educator who has had a prolific and distinguished career in nursing research, education, and practice that has focused on symptom science to develop effective assessment and management of cancer-related symptoms. Her research incorporates qualitative and quantitative methods, genomic and biomarker approaches, and cutting-edge measurement technology as well as innovative behavioral interventions. Her award-winning research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, Oncology Nursing Society, Hartford Institute of Geriatric Nursing, Avon Foundation, Vital Fund, Judges and Lawyers for Breast Cancer Alert, and Pfizer Independent Learning and Change grant. She has also been honored as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, fellow of Geriatrics at the Hartford Institute of Geriatrics, and fellow of New York Academy of Medicine. She is a member of Upsilon Chapter.

Donna Sullivan Havens, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA. Her science focuses on designing environments for excellent nursing practice and patient care. Because of her mantra “Designing systems to promote desired outcomes,” some say she has furthered the global tipping point for reforming the organization of nursing in hospitals. Her signature contribution is the Decisional Involvement Scale (DIS), which assesses shared governance globally. In 2015, Mometrix ranked her third out of 30 Most Influential U.S. Nursing Deans, citing the DIS as a major influence on policy and practice. She is one of a few who are defining evidence-based practice for nurse leaders. Havens has chaired American Organization of Nurse Executives task forces and committees to impact future care delivery systems and research agendas and American Academy of Nursing expert panels (Magnet and Building Healthcare System Excellence). She also conducted the first ANCC Magnet research and authored the first publications in this field. Today, she chairs the Commission on Magnet, overseeing the ANCC Magnet Program globally. She is a member of Alpha Alpha Chapter.

Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb, PhD, ANP, RN, FAAN, is a professor and director of the Office for Science and Innovation at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Himmelfarb’s commitment to reducing health disparities and improving care and outcomes for cardiovascular patients is evident through her scholarship. Her research has led to development of effective, transferable health system and team-based strategies to improve the quality of cardiovascular care. Her work has contributed to greater understanding of social and cultural determinants of cardiovascular risk, particularly among vulnerable populations. She has served on national expert panels, generating scientific statements and clinical guidelines to improve cardiovascular care. Himmelfarb has been prolific in her efforts to disseminate this research to scientific and clinical audiences, thus informing research and policy efforts while driving improvements in clinical practice and patient outcomes. She is a member of Nu Beta Chapter.

Christine Kennedy, PhD, RN, PNP, FAAN, is associate dean for academics at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, and holds the M.H. Sly Endowed Chair with a joint appointment as professor of pediatrics, School of Medicine. She was professor and Koehn Endowed Chair in Pediatrics at the University of California–San Francisco from 1993-2013. Over the past two decades, she has conducted funded research studies with an emphasis on the influence of illness, media, and culture on young children’s developing health behaviors in the United States and Pacific Rim countries. In serving on the Children and Families Commission, her policy activities helped establish universal healthcare for one in three children in the state of California. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and Wharton School Executive Leadership. She is a member of Alpha Eta and Beta Kappa chapters.

Susan Carter McMillan, PhD, ARNP, FAAN, is a distinguished university professor and the Thompson Professor of Oncology Nursing at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA, where she chairs the Oncology Nursing Concentration in the master’s, DNP, and PhD programs. McMillan’s major areas of research have been symptom assessment and management in persons with cancer across the disease trajectory and quality of life of hospice patients with cancer and their family caregivers. McMillan has developed several clinically relevant assessment tools, including the Hospice Quality of Life Index, the Caregiver Quality of Life Index, and the Constipation Assessment Scale. The tools have been used widely in the United States and have been translated for use in other countries. She is known internationally for her work with quality of life of hospice patients, and she has traveled widely around the globe speaking to nurses about her research. She is a member of Delta Beta-at-Large Chapter.

Sandy Middleton, PhD, RN, ICU Cert, FACN, is a professor of nursing and director of the Nursing Research Institute, St Vincent’s Health Australia in Sydney, and Australian Catholic University, also in Sydney. She has obtained 71 grants totaling more than $22 million. She has led large, multi-site, cluster randomized controlled implementation trials demonstrating that nurse-initiated protocols can reduce death and dependency following acute stroke. She has a track record of translating evidence into practice nationally and internationally and has won multiple awards. Middleton is a ministerial appointment to Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council Research Committee and has published in multiple international peer reviewed journals, including Lancet, Stroke, Implementation Science, and International Journal of Stroke. She is a member of Xi Omicron Chapter.

Lorraine C. Mion, PhD, RN, FAAN, is research professor and interim director, Center of Excellence in Critical and Complex Care at The Ohio State University College of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio, USA. Her areas of specialty are acute care geriatrics (physical restraints, delirium, falls) and implementation science. Mion’s research has been funded by federal, foundation, and organizational resources for more than 30 years. She has authored more than 110 peer-reviewed articles in prestigious geriatric, nursing, quality and safety, administration, and critical-care journals. She has presented more than 100 times at national and international meetings. Her work on decreasing physical restraints in U.S. hospital settings has impacted policy through The Joint Commission accreditation standards and NICHE best practices for geriatric nursing. Mion influenced emergency care medicine through one of the early ED geriatric care models. She has served as a mentor to numerous staff nurses, advanced practice nurses, doctoral students, and physicians specializing in geriatric care. She is a member of Alpha Chapter.

Susan M. Rawl, PhD, RN, FAAHB, FAAN, is a professor of nursing at Indiana University, USA, and co-leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at Indiana University Simon Cancer Center. For the past 20 years, Rawl has conducted patient-centered research, testing interventions to increase cancer screening among people at increased risk—including those with limited resources, low literacy levels, and minority populations. Currently, she is conducting a PCORI-funded trial to increase colorectal cancer screening among low-income and minority patients and collaborating on a multi-behavior intervention trial to increase colon, breast, and cervical cancer screening among rural women. Rawl has authored more than 85 peer-reviewed articles and made more than 200 research presentations. She is immediate past president of the Midwest Nursing Research Society, immediate past chair of the American Cancer Society’s Lakeshore Division board of directors, and a fellow in the American Academy of Health Behaviors and the American Academy of Nursing. Rawl is a member of Alpha and Mu Omega chapters.

Nancy S. Redeker, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, is the Beatrice Renfield Term Professor of Nursing, director of the Biobehavioral Laboratory, and principal investigator of the Yale Center for Sleep Disturbance in Acute & Chronic Conditions, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. Her sustained program of research focuses on the role of sleep and sleep disorders among people with, or at risk for, chronic conditions in a variety of clinical and community settings. Redeker is a member of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research and an ambassador for the Friends of the NINR. She is editor of Sleep Disorders & Sleep Promotion in Nursing Practice, the first textbook focused on evidence-based practice regarding sleep in nursing practice. She is also editor of Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute & Critical Care. She is a member of Delta Mu Chapter.

Sheila Hedden Ridner, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Martha Rivers Ingram Professor of Nursing at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. She has conducted funded research in lymphedema and cancer symptom management for more than a decade in national and international settings and has numerous publications and presentations to her credit. She has brought sophisticated measurement and intervention tools to professionals and patients alike. She has worked with and led teams composed not only of nurses but also medical, psychological, physical therapy, and alternative therapy researchers— with results that influence the profession, patients, families, community, and public policy. She is well-known as an international expert in lymphedema and for her worldwide service to the lymphedema community. She is a member of Iota Chapter.

Yea-Ing Lotus Shyu, PhD, RN, is a professor at Chang Gung University School of Nursing in Taiwan. Her research has focused on family caregiving for persons with dementia and care models for older persons recovering after hip-fracture surgery. More than 20 of her three- to five-year research projects have been funded by Taiwan’s National Health Research Institute and Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan. She has authored more than 160 peer-reviewed publications. She is a member of Lambda Beta-at-Large Chapter.

Mary Lou Sole, PhD, RN, CCNS, FAAN, FCCM, is dean and professor and Orlando Health Endowed Chair in Nursing at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA. She is certified as a critical-care clinical nurse specialist. She serves on editorial boards of three critical care journals and is a regular member of an NIH study section. She has authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and is lead editor of a highly regarded critical-care nursing textbook. She served as principal or co-investigator on three NIH-funded research grants. Sole has received numerous awards for clinical practice, teaching, and research, including the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses 2010 Distinguished Researcher and the 2013 Researcher of the Year from the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. She is a member of Theta Epsilon Chapter.

Alexa K. Stuifbergen, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the James R. Dougherty Jr. Centennial Professor in Nursing, the Laura Lee Blanton Chair and dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. Internationally known for her innovative research projects studying various aspects of health promotion and wellness for persons with chronic and disabling conditions, Stuifbergen served as director of the NIH-funded Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations from 2000 to 2011 and is presently a co-director of the NIH-funded Center for Transdisciplinary Collaborative Research in Self-Management Science. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a current member of the Advisory Council for the National Institute of Nursing Research. She is a member of Epsilon Theta Chapter.

Sally Thorne, PhD, RN, FAAN, FCAHS, professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, has maintained a longstanding program of substantive research into the complex dynamics of health professional interactions toward optimizing the care of persons with chronic illness and cancer. Concurrently, she has sustained a platform of scholarly activity in relation to the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of nursing science, including critical reflections on the nature of evidence claims as well as consideration of the contribution of nursing epistemology to inquiry methodologies. She has authored an extensive body of published research and scholarly papers, book chapters, and four books, including the popular applied qualitative research methods text Interpretive Description. In addition to holding a number of senior advisory and editorial board positions, she is editor-in-chief of the scholarly journal Nursing Inquiry. She is a member of Xi Eta Chapter.

Katri Vehviläinen-Julkunen, PhD, Lic HC, MSc, RN, RM, FEANS, professor and chair at the University of Eastern Finland, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing Science, Finland, is an internationally renowned researcher, scholar, and mentor who leads the doctoral program in health sciences. She holds a part-time nurse director position at Kuopio University Hospital. Vehviläinen-Julkunen is nationally and internationally recognized as an expert in leading multidisciplinary teams in maternal and child health research as well as health services research and evidence-based practice. She has supervised many PhD dissertations and has been lead investigator on several competitive funded projects. She has published more than 400 articles, other papers, and textbooks as well as innovation disclosures. Currently, she is principal investigator of INEXCA, a million-euro grant awarded by the European Union H2020 on quality of cancer care from several perspectives, with partners from Europe and the USA. She is a member of Iota Iota-at-Large Chapter.

Lorraine O. Walker, EdD, MPH, RN, the Luci B. Johnson Centennial Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, has a multidisciplinary background covering the fields of nursing, education, and public health. A leading expert in nursing on women’s weight gain during pregnancy and the postpartum period, she also has extensive expertise in the behavioral and psychosocial health of new mothers, the motherhood transition, and implications for maternal and infant health. Her research emphasizes needs of low-income and minority women. She also is co-author of a book on theory development strategies that is used worldwide in nursing graduate programs. She teaches courses in the areas of global health, quantitative data analysis, and philosophic and theoretical foundations of nursing science. She has consulted with nurse scientists in diverse areas of the world, including Mexico, South Korea, and Iran. She is a member of Epsilon Theta Chapter.

Roger Watson, PhD, RN, FRCPE, FRCN, FAAN, professor of nursing at the University of Hull in the United Kingdom, has a special interest in the feeding and nutritional problems of older people with dementia. Editor-in-chief of Journal of Advanced Nursing and editor of Nursing Open, he is a frequent visitor to the Far East, South East Asia, and Australia and has honorary and visiting positions in China, Hong Kong, and Australia. He was a member of the UK 2014 Research Excellence Framework sub-panel for Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy. He is a member of Phi Mu Chapter.

Terri E. Weaver, PhD, RN, FAAN, is dean and professor of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing. She is recognized internationally for her research on the effect of daytime sleepiness on daily behaviors and assessment of treatment outcomes. Supported by the National Institutes of Health, Weaver’s scholarship has been widely disseminated in more than 100 publications. She received the Ada Sue Hinshaw Award, the pre-eminent award of the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research, for research that improves healthcare. Weaver is a fellow and past board member of the American Academy of Nursing and will be joining the board of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. She is a member of Alpha Lambda and Xi chapters.