​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) will induct 19 nurse researchers into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame at STTI's 27th International Nursing Research Congress, 21-25 July 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. On Saturday, 23 July, the 19 nurses, representing the countries of Australia, Belgium, Canada, 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

2016 International Hall of Fame Inductees

Deborah Bruner

Deborah Watkins Bruner, PhD, RN, FAAN is an internationally renowned researcher, scholar, and mentor. She is a professor at the Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. She has been continuously funded in leading multidisciplinary teams in patient-reported outcomes, sexual health, large national clinical trials focused on understanding and improving symptoms, and studies seeking to improve minority accrual to clinical trials. Bruner is the only nurse to lead, as principal investigator, two National Cancer Institute (NCI)-sponsored clinical trials cooperative groups—previously, the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group and currently the NRG Oncology National Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP), which focuses on providing cancer prevention and symptom amelioration, quality of life, and comparative effectiveness trials to the cancer community. Bruner’s pioneering leadership in the U.S. National Cancer Clinical Trials Network led to a paradigm shift from a historically medically dominated focus on survival and toxicity to a patient-centered, bio-behavioral focus that includes nurse-sensitive symptom and quality of life outcomes. She is a member of Alpha Epsilon Chapter.

Janet Carpenter

Janet S. Carpenter, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a distinguished professor, associate dean for research, and co-director of the Training in Behavioral Nursing Research program at Indiana University School of Nursing in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. Over the past two decades, her research has focused on menopausal symptoms in cancer survivors and midlife women without cancer. Carpenter has expertise in developing and testing measurement tools (self-reported and physiological), building theories, and designing and conducting multisite randomized controlled trials testing behavioral, pharmaceutical, and nutraceutical interventions. She has extensive experience in scientific writing and grant reviews and is deeply committed to mentoring the next generation of nurse researchers. She is a member of Alpha Chapter.

Eileen Collins

Eileen Collins, PhD, RN, FAACVPR, FAAN,a professor at University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing and a research career scientist at Edward Hines VA Hospital in Illinois, USA, focuses her research on the development of innovative strategies to improve physical ability and quality of life in patients with COPD and peripheral arterial disease. Collins and her team developed a unique program of breathing retraining to reduce dynamic hyperinflation and shortness of breath in patients with COPD and used walking poles to reduce intermittent claudication pain while walking in patients with peripheral arterial disease. Her work has been continuously funded since 1994 by numerous grants from the Department of Veterans Affairs, National Institute of Nursing Research, and others. She is a member of Alpha Lambda and Alpha Beta chapters.

Elizabeth Corwin

Elizabeth Corwin, PhD, RN, FAAN, is associate dean for research and professor at Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Corwin is a PhD-prepared physiologist as well as a nurse and family nurse practitioner. Throughout her research career, she has combined her expertise as a bench scientist with her experience caring for women and families across the lifespan. Corwin’s research is aimed at uncovering the biological mechanisms responsible for symptom development and adverse outcomes in pregnant and postpartum women, especially low-income and minority women. Dissemination of her research has added urgency to the national dialogue on the need to eliminate maternal-infant health disparity. She is principal investigator on two NIH-funded studies focused on maternal and infant health: “Biobehavioral Determinants of the Microbiome and Preterm Birth in Black Women” and “Maternal Stress and the Gut-Brain Axis in African American Infants.” She is a member of Alpha Epsilon Chapter.

Sonia Duffy

Sonia A. Duffy, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Mildred E. Newton Professor of Nursing atThe Ohio State University College of Nursing and a research investigator at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Health Services Research and Development, USA. During her National Cancer Institute-sponsored pre-doctoral fellowship, Duffy was educated in health behavior and epidemiology. Her research has focused on cancer-related issues, including cancer recurrence and survival and the relationship between depression and health behavior change (e.g., smoking, alcohol use, diet, physical activity, and sleep) and quality of life. Funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs, Duffy has conducted a multitude of studies, including large cohort studies; randomized controlled trials; and wide-scale implementation studies, particularly among head and neck cancer patients, veterans, and blue collar workers. She is interested in multifaceted, cancer-related interventions—such as combined smoking, alcohol, and depression interventions—as opposed to one-dimensional programmatic approaches. She is a member of Rho Chapter.

Linda McGillis Hall

Linda McGillis Hall, PhD, RN, FAAN, FCAHS, Kathleen Russell Distinguished Professor at Bloomberg Nursing Faculty in Canada, focuses her research on health human resources, work environments, and outcomes. A recognized health services research leader, she was the first Canadian inducted as an American Academy of Nursing International fellow. She is an inaugural recipient of the Canadian Nurses Association Order of Merit for Nursing Research and is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. She received the Award of Excellence in Nursing Research from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing and the Research Mentorship Award from Academy Health’s Interdisciplinary Research Group Nursing Issues. She is a member of Lambda Pi Chapter.

Marilyn Hockenberry

Marilyn Hockenberry, PhD, RN, PPCNP-BC, FAAN, is the associate dean for research, the Bessie Baker Distinguished Professor of Nursing, and a professor of pediatrics at Duke University, USA. She also serves as a chair for Duke Hospital System’s Institutional Review Board. She was a professor of pediatrics in the hematology/oncology division at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, USA, prior to joining the Duke faculty in August 2012. For over 18 years, she served as director of the Pediatric Oncology Nursing Program and maintained a clinical practice at Texas Children's Hospital. Her research focuses on symptom management and treatment-related side effects experienced by children who have cancer. Hockenberry’s current funded studies evaluate treatment-related fatigue, neuro-cognitive deficits of leukemia treatment, and physiologic biomarkers associated with treatment-related symptoms and toxicities. She has authored over 100 articles and serves as senior editor on the four Wong nursing textbooks, published by Elsevier. She is a member of Beta Epsilon Chapter.

Huda Abu-Saad Juijer

Huda Abu-Saad Huijer, PhD, RN, FEANS, FAAN, is a professor and director of the Hariri School of Nursing in Lebanon. Her research focuses primarily on pain management and palliative care in children and adults. She has supervised many PhD dissertations and has been lead investigator on many funded projects in the Netherlands and in Lebanon. She has published more than 300 articles and two books. She serves on the Lancet Commission on Global Access to Pain Control and Palliative Care and is vice president of the National Committee on Pain Relief and Palliative Care. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a founding fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the McMillan Cancer Fund and the International Journal of Palliative Nursing; the High Achievement Award from Alumni Nurses Chapter; the Pioneers Award from the Order of Nurses in Lebanon; and the Distinguished Researcher Award from the Scientific Society of Arab Nursing Faculties. She is a member of Chi Iota Chapter.

Hester C. Klopper

Hester C. Klopper,PhD, MBA, FANSA, FAAN, ASSAF, is an international academic leader with extensive global networks. She is chief executive officer of FUNDISA, South Africa, and was the 2013-15 president of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). She holds a professor appointment at Faculty of Health Sciences Quality in Nursing and Midwifery (INSINQ) at North-West University and University of the Western Cape. Positive practice environments, patient safety, and quality improvement are at the core of her research. Klopper focuses on leadership development and capacity development of young scientists, and she coordinates the national PLUME program, funded by the National Research Foundation, to support the development of research programs of post-doctoral candidates. She is a sought-after keynote speaker with more than 150 international speaking engagements. On 2 September 2016, Oxford Brookes University, UK, will bestow an honorary doctorate on Klopper in recognition of her contribution to nursing education and global research. She is a member of Tau Lambda-at-Large Chapter.

Terry A. Lennie

Terry A. Lennie, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, is a professor and associate dean for graduate faculty affairs at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, USA. He is among a small number of nurses conducting research related to the role of nutrition in prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease and in the self-care of patients with heart failure. His research has been continuously funded for more than 25 years and has resulted in publication of over 130 peer-reviewed articles. Based on his original research—and thorough and thoughtful reviews of the existing, but limited research in this area—he has pushed the national research agenda on nutrition and heart failure forward and provided evidence for use in guidelines that clinicians can use to realistically counsel patients. He is a member of Delta Psi Chapter.

Linda A. McCauley

Linda A. McCauley,PhD, RN, FAAN, FAAOHN, is dean of the Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Under her leadership, the school of nursing is executing a comprehensive strategic plan to expand its research enterprise, forge new clinical partnerships, and increase diversity among the faculty and student population. McCauley has special expertise in design of epidemiological investigations of environmental hazards and is nationally recognized for her expertise in occupational and environmental health nursing. Her work aims to identify culturally appropriate interventions to decrease the impact of environmental and occupational health hazards in vulnerable populations. A member of the Institute of Medicine, she is active on the Membership Committee, Environmental Health Roundtable, and Board of Population Health. She currently serves as a member of the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the American Academy of Occupational Health Nurses. She is a member of Alpha Epsilon Chapter.

Barbara S. Medoff-Cooper

Barbara S. Medoff-Cooper, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School Of Nursing and holds the Ruth M. Colket Endowed Chair in Pediatric Nursing at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, USA. She is nationally and internationally recognized as an expert in infant feeding behaviors, growth, and developmental outcomes in both preterm infants and infants with complex congenital heart disease. She has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and various foundations and professional organizations for over 30 years. Her current NIH study is a randomized controlled trial to test an intervention using state-of-the-art telehealth technology for home monitoring infants who have experienced neonatal cardiac surgery, with the goal of decreasing maternal stress, improving infant outcomes, and decreasing health care utilization. Medoff-Cooper is co-inventor of the Neonur, a patented feeding device to assess feeding behaviors during infancy, which has been used in various funded research projects both nationally and internationally. She is a member of Xi Chapter.

Cindy Munro

Cindy Munro, PhD, RN, FAANP, FAAN, FAAAS, is professor and associate dean at University of South Florida College of Nursing, USA. Her research activities focus on the relationship between oral health and prevention of systemic disease, particularly in critically ill, mechanically ventilated adults. Her work has been funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health since 2001. She recently completed a study of the impact of chlorhexidine mouthwash prior to intubation procedures on the prevention of pneumonia in mechanically ventilated patients, and she is currently conducting an NINR-funded study of toothbrushing risk and benefit in mechanically ventilated adults. Munro holds a U.S. patent for Prevention of Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP) and an international patent for a Vaccine to Prevent Streptococcal Endocarditis. She is a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and the American Academy of Nursing. She is a member of the National Academy of Inventors and nurse co-editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Critical Care. She is a member of Gamma Omega and Delta Beta-at-Large chapters.

Anne E. Norris

Anne E. Norris, PhD, RN, FAAN, a professor at the University of Miami, USA, has been conducting interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research regarding adolescent and young adult sexual behavior for over 30 years. Her current work addresses the role that culture and other social influences play in health behavior, developmental and cultural tailoring of interventions, and use of gaming and simulation in health promotion interventions. Norris is currently conducting an efficacy trial of a promising early-intervention pregnancy prevention intervention for Latinas who are 12 to 14 years old. The trial, funded by a R01 grant from the U.S. National Institute for Nursing Research, uses classroom sessions and a live simulation computer game to train young girls in the art of resisting peer pressure. Additionally, she enjoys a long history of collaborating with colleagues and students on instrument development and other methodological challenges. She earned a master’s in psychiatric/mental health nursing and a PhD in nursing and psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a member of Beta Tau Chapter.

Rita Pickler

Rita Pickler, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the FloAnn Sours Easton Endowed Professor of Child and Adolescent Health and director of the PhD and Master’s in Nursing Science Program at The Ohio State University, USA. Her research on care of the preterm infant spans over 25 years and has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 2001. She has served as principal investigator, co-investigator, or contributor on numerous intra- and extramural grants. Her research has improved care provided to preterm infants in the NICU and is now advancing knowledge to improve long-term neurodevelopment for infants born preterm. Her work is widely disseminated in published papers, book chapters, abstracts, and editorials. She is a member of numerous nursing organizations including the American Academy of Nursing. She received her BSN and MSN from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her PhD from the University of Virginia. She is a member of Epsilon Chapter.

Anne Marie Rafferty

Anne Marie Rafferty, DPhil, RN, DN, CBE, is a nurse, historian, and health policy and health services researcher focusing on the health workforce. She graduated from Edinburgh University BSc (Nursing Studies), received her Master’s (MPhil) in Surgery at Nottingham University, and was the first nurse to gain a doctorate from Oxford University (DPhil Modern History). She won a prestigious Harkness Fellowship in Health Policy to work with Linda Aiken at the University of Pennsylvania, beginning a collaboration that has continued via RN4Cast study. Rafferty was seconded to work with Lord Ara Darzi on the nursing contribution to Next Stage Review of the NHS in 2008 and was a member of the Prime Minister's Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery from 2010-11. She was International Distinguished Bloomberg Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto from 2014-15 and holds fellowships from the Royal College of Nursing and American Academy of Nursing. She currently leads the Lancet Commission on Nursing in the UK. She is a member of Upsilon Xi-at-Large Chapter.

Ora Lea Strickland

Ora Lea Strickland, PhD, DSc (Hon), RN, FAAN, is dean and professor of nursing at the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Florida International University, USA. She has focused her research on women’s and family health, vulnerable populations, and measurement of health-related variables and nursing outcomes. She has studied the impact of health and economic policies on the well-being of women and children in southern Africa during her tenure as a Kellogg National Leadership fellow. Strickland assisted the National Institutes of Health in the design of the landmark Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study and was an Emory site co-principal investigator for this study of 168,000 postmenopausal women at 40 national sites over the course of 10 years. Strickland has served as principal investigator on several other major federally funded and NIH grants and has conducted research focused on symptoms in expectant fathers, neurometric indices of perimenstrual symptoms, genetic markers of coronary heart disease in premenopausal African-American women, African-American breast cancer survivors, and emotional outcomes in sickle cell disease. She is a member of Alpha Epsilon Chapter.

Pei-Shan Tsai

Pei-Shan Tsai,PhD, RN, a distinguished professor and associate dean at Taipei Medical University College of Nursing in Taiwan, focuses her research on the link between stressresponse systems and chronic illnesses and outcomes of nursing care of patients with stressrelated illnesses. Tsai’s expertise includes using both physiological and behavioral measures in research for understanding the mechanisms and efficacy of nursing interventions. She also plays a vital role in demonstrating important health factors, disease prevalence, and health care effectiveness in the general population in Taiwan through secondary analysis of health data. Tsai is a collaborator noted for bringing researchers from different fields together to collaborate on research projects that have important clinical and policymaking implications. To date, she has published more than 130 peer-reviewed articles in medical, psychology, and nursing journals, many of which have received a high number of citations from journal articles. She is a member of Lambda Beta-at-Large Chapter.

Judith A. Vessey

Judith A. Vessey, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, is the Lelia Holden Carroll Professor in Nursing at Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing and holds appointments as a nurse scientist at Boston Children’s Hospital and VA Boston Healthcare System. Vessey’s research on teasing and bullying stems from witnessing difficulties faced by children with chronic conditions. This initial work led to additional studies of bullying and lateral violence in the workplace. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, professional organizations, and private foundations. Vessey has authored numerous articles, presented, and influenced policy related to this topic. She received her BSN from Goshen College, Developmental Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certificate from the University of Miami, and MSN and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Scholar at the University of California, San Francisco. She later received her MBA from Johns Hopkins University. She is a member of Alpha Chi Chapter.