Will induct 23 nurses representing four countries.
This year is Sigma’s 10th presentation of the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. The 2019 honorees will join 176 nurse researchers previously inducted.
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) will induct 23 nurse researchers into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame during its 30th International Nursing Research Congress in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in July. This year’s inductees—representing Australia, Canada, Sweden, and the United States—will be honored during a special session on Saturday, 27 July 2019, where they will be presented with a crystal award and participate in a moderated panel discussion.
“These Hall of Fame researchers have made highly substantive contributions to global health that will resonate for decades. I offer my sincere congratulations to these 23 outstanding nurses, and I look forward to learning more from them during my conversation with the honorees,” said Sigma President Beth Baldwin Tigges, PhD, RN, PNP, BC, who will oversee the induction and panel discussion.
This year represents Sigma’s 10th presentation of the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. The 2019 inductees will join the 176 previously inducted nurse researchers—many of whom will be present at the 10-year anniversary induction—who have achieved significant and sustained national or international recognition and whose research has improved the profession and the people it serves.
The International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame award presentation is sponsored by Wiley.
“Wiley is proud to partner with Sigma to celebrate these distinguished inductees. We congratulate and thank each honoree for their significant contributions to research, leadership, and advancing health around the world,” said Wiley Publishing Manager for Nursing Kassie Stovell.
Sigma’s annual Congress attracts more than 1,000 nurse researchers, students, clinicians, and leaders, who share information and learn from hundreds of peer-reviewed, evidence-based research presentations. The theme for the 30th International Nursing Research Congress is Theory-to-Practice: Catalyzing Collaborations to Connect Globally. To view details, visit www.sigmanursing.org/congress.
The following Sigma members will be inducted:
Terry Badger, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, is the Eleanor Bauwens endowed chair and professor at the University of Arizona College of Nursing, USA. She has published over 120 papers in peer-refereed journals and book chapters, led over 30 extramurally funded grants, and delivered more than 150 presentations at regional, national, and international conferences. Badger is a pioneer and leader in the field of psychosocial oncology research among cancer survivor-caregiver dyads and in reducing health disparities among Latinas with breast cancer and their informal caregivers. For the past three decades, she has tested and continues to test interventions with the goal of improving the lives of the growing legions of cancer survivors and their informal caregivers. Badger is currently the principal investigator on two National Institutes of Health R01 grants testing the optimal personalized sequencing of symptom management interventions and determining if addressing depressive symptoms first improves cancer survivors’ and caregivers’ symptom management.
"I am deeply honored to receive this award. It is a privilege to be a member of Sigma, whose mission is to celebrate nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. It is especially significant to be recognized by my colleagues from around the globe."
Cheryl Tatano Beck, DNSc, CNM, FAAN, is a distinguished professor at the University of Connecticut School of Nursing, USA, and has a joint appointment in Obstetrics & Gynecology in the School of Medicine. Her Bachelor of Science in Nursing is from Western Connecticut State University. She received her master’s degree in maternal-newborn nursing and a certificate in nurse midwifery from Yale University. Her Doctor of Nursing Science degree is from Boston University. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She has received numerous awards, including the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nursing’s Distinguished Professional Service Award. She has focused her research efforts on developing a research program on postpartum depression, traumatic childbirth, and the resulting PTSD. Based on the findings from her qualitative studies, she developed the Postpartum Depression Screening Scale. She is a prolific writer who has published over 150 journal articles, nine books, and 20 book chapters.
"For me, being inducted into Sigma’s International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame acknowledges all the mothers who struggled with postpartum mood and anxiety disorders and had the courage to share their powerful narratives with me in my qualitative research studies over the years. I share my award with these amazing women because without their help, I would not have a research program."
Diane Cheryl Berry, PhD, ANP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, is the assistant dean for research and the Beerstecher-Blackwell distinguished professor at the University of North Carolina, USA. She received her diploma in nursing from Sisters of Charity Hospital School of Nursing and Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, USA in 1976; her BSN from Lenoir Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina, in 1987; her MSN and ANP-BC in 1997 and PhD in 2002 from Boston College, Boston, Massachusetts. She completed a two-year funded postdoctoral fellowship in Self and Family Management from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, USA, in 2005. Her focus of research is on prevention and management of overweight, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes through community-based programs in English and Spanish in the United States and Mexico. She has been continuously funded for the past 14 years from the National Institutes of Health.
"This award has been an honor to be nominated for and will be an honor to receive. The most favorite part of my position is to mentor graduate students and faculty in the creation and conduct of research in the United States and in Mexico."
Tracey Bucknall, PhD, RN, FAAN, is an Alfred Deakin professor at Deakin University School of Nursing and Midwifery and the foundational chair of clinical nursing and director of nursing research, Alfred Health, Australia. She is a pioneering decision scientist focused on improving clinical decision-making to enhance patient outcomes. As one of the first to study naturalistic decision-making, her understanding of the influences on clinical decisions has allowed her to innovatively develop and implement evidence-based interventions. By focusing on improving clinical decision-making and the uptake of research evidence in practice, her research aims to improve patient safety, alleviate symptoms, and enhance patient and family experiences. As a decision scientist, she has a sustained record of competitive research funding. Bucknall has presented her research nationally and internationally, published extensively in decision-making and knowledge translation, and held four adjunct academic appointments and membership in numerous national policy committees and international research and grant review panels.
"The selection for Sigma’s International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame is an incredible professional accolade that means a great deal to me personally, my family, my colleagues, and nurse scientists. In my experience, nurses’ contributions to science and healthcare improvement have often been under the recognition radar and discounted for impact on individuals and the community. Awards such as this are a rare but important reminder of nurse scientists’ sustained contribution to health outcomes. Most of us are not doing research for the rewards; we are doing it with a long-term goal of health improvement globally."
Claire Burke Draucker, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Angela Barron McBride endowed professor of mental health nursing at Indiana University, USA. She is internationally recognized for her work in the development of theoretical models that depict processes of healing from interpersonal violence and her contributions to the advancement of qualitative and mixed methods research. For over 30 years, she has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control as well as various foundations and professional organizations. Her work is disseminated in over 115 peer-reviewed publications and several book chapters. Her text Counseling Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse in the Sage Counseling and Practice series has been used as a basic text in academic counseling programs across the world. In 2016, she received the Living Legend Award from the International Society of Psychiatric Nurses. She is highly committed to mentoring the next generation of nurse researchers.
"I am deeply honored to receive this award from Sigma. My first introduction to the power of professional organizations occurred many years ago as a member of Delta Xi Chapter, my local chapter of Sigma. It was through that experience that I came to really appreciate the power of nursing research. Thus, to be inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame after a long career is especially meaningful to me. I am truly humbled to join the renowned nurse researchers who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame before me."
Mary Ersek, PhD, RN, is the Killebrew-Censits chair in undergraduate education and professor of palliative care at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, USA. She is also a senior scientist with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Over the last 18 years, Ersek has led an interdisciplinary research program focused on pain and palliative care, with an emphasis on older adults and those residing in nursing homes. She has disseminated her research in over 100 peer-reviewed publications. Educational resources resulting from her work are used around the world to improve the care for seriously ill older adults. The analyses that she and her VA team have conducted are used to enhance care at the VA and other healthcare systems by identifying care processes and other factors that can lead to better end-of-life outcomes for patients and families.
"Having one's work recognized by an international nursing society validates the important contributions that nurse researchers are making in enhancing wellness, promoting health, mitigating the negative consequences of illness, and relieving suffering. It energizes those of us who have been working hard and long to improve the lives of people across the globe."
Ingalill Rahm Hallberg, PhD, RN, RNT, FEANS, FAAN, is a professor at Lund University, Sweden. She has divided her work life between clinical and academic work. She got her PhD in 1990 and became a professor in healthcare science in 1997. Throughout, her devotion has been to provide high-quality nursing care. She is an honorary member of the Swedish Medical Society. Besides research, her academic work has been on establishing nursing science as an academic discipline. She has served as head of the nursing department, as pro-dean at the medical faculty, and as assistant vice chancellor of Lund University. Her research throughout has focused on the life situation, healthcare, and social services for the oldest old or those with severe diseases. She has published more than 200 scientific papers, and she has been the main supervisor of 29 nurses obtaining their PhD. As the president of EANS, she worked hard to move nursing research toward intervention studies that can inform nursing practice.
"Belonging to this prestigious group, Sigma’s International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, means a lot. It not only recognizes the achievements already gained but also means that I can continue my efforts to influence the way we build research programs and interdisciplinary collaboration. Mentoring the young generation of nurse researchers is important. Particularly be aware of contemporary processes and how nurses and nursing research can have an impact on these processes to benefit people's health and well-being. As a senior researcher, it is important to initiate research that crosses traditional ideas in the attempt to understand the body and mind interaction."
Cecile A. Lengacher, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAPOS, is a professor at the University of South Florida College of Nursing, USA, and holds the Lyall and Beatrice Thompson nursing professorship in oncology. She also serves as faculty for the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Health Outcomes and Behavioral Program. Her sustained funding from the National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, and Oncology Nursing Society has advanced nursing science in biobehavioral clinical intervention trials, including psycho-oncology, psychoneuroimmunology, and complementary alternative medicine (CAM). Her research has transformed models of care delivery for mindfulness-based stress reduction, providing evidence for symptom improvement and biological mechanisms of CAM treatments to improve the quality of life for cancer survivors and caregivers. Lengacher has earned recognition as a fellow of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society and a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and appointment to several NIH and international grant review panels.
"This is truly a wonderful honor to be recognized for my 'research passion' to design and test biobehavioral complementary alternative-therapy interventions to improve the quality of life of cancer survivors and caregivers. It has been a wonderful journey for which I am truly grateful, particularly to all who believed in our research and contributed to this success: my colleagues, mentors, students, patients, and family."
Wendy Moyle, PhD, MHSc, BN, RN, DipAppSci, is program director of the Menzies Health Institute, Queensland at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. Her research focuses on finding evidence for best practices, in particular in care of people with dementia and their family carers. Her research aims to improve quality of life and to manage the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) using controlled trials to test psychosocial interventions. She recently completed the largest and most rigorous trial of a social robot in dementia care. Within her social robotics laboratory, she evaluates new and existing technologies, and she works internationally with engineers and IT specialists in the development of new technologies.
"This award is a great honor to receive as it demonstrates the strength and significance of my research on people with dementia and their carers, whose quality of life and care that they receive I work tirelessly to improve. This award highlights to the nursing profession the importance of our everyday professional work."
Mariann R. Piano, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA, is the Nancy & Hilliard Travis professor of nursing and senior associate dean for research at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Tennessee, USA. Piano is a national and international expert in the area of the adverse cardiovascular effects of long-term heavy and binge/bender alcohol consumption. Through her basic science and clinical investigative approaches, she has advanced our understanding of the negative health effects of alcohol on the cardiovascular system. She has authored policy statements summarizing outcomes related to the use of alternative tobacco products. Piano has led several NIH-funded research grants, served on multidisciplinary editorial boards, and received numerous research and mentor awards.
"On several levels, this award means a great deal to me. I was deeply moved that the Iota Chapter at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing selected me for this prestigious nomination. To be selected, and now join a cadre of outstanding international nurse researchers, is truly an honor of the highest caliber."
Donna Lynn Rew, EdD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, is the Denton & Louise Cooley and Family centennial professor in nursing at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. She received her BSN from the University of Hawaii, MSN in community health nursing and EdD in counselor education from Northern Illinois University, and a postdoctoral fellowship in adolescent health at the University of Minnesota. She directed a P20 partnership funded by the National Institutes of Health, providing pilot funds for faculty and students from the University of Texas at Austin and New Mexico State University. She has received over US $9 million in extramural funding from NIH and published over 150 articles. With Heather Becker, PhD, she developed a Cultural Awareness Scale that has been translated into six languages and used in 18 countries and 31 states. She is the author of Adolescent Health, which has guided multidisciplinary research in 30 countries. Rew has mentored many doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty, extending her considerable impact on the lives of culturally diverse and vulnerable young people.
"It is recognition from a respected organization with an international scope; therefore, it is not only very humbling but a fitting tribute to a school that has provided an enormous opportunity for me to develop in multiple ways."
Cynda Hylton Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Anne and George L. Bunting professor of clinical ethics in the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the School of Nursing and Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics, Maryland, USA. A founding member of the Berman Institute and an international leader in nursing ethics, she co-led the first National Nursing Ethics Summit and produced A Blueprint for 21st Century Nursing Ethics. She co-led two national initiatives to help nurses transform morally distressing experiences by fostering moral resiliency and a culture of ethical practice. Her team developed, implemented, and evaluated the Mindful Ethical Practice and Resilience Academy (MEPRA). She is author and editor of Moral Resilience: Transforming Moral Suffering in Healthcare and is a member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s Committee on System Approaches to Improve Patient Care by Supporting Clinician Well-Being. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the Hastings Center.
"Recognition for the impact of my research and scholarship is both humbling and thrilling! I have been richly blessed with steadfast and wise mentors and incredible partners and colleagues who have contributed in countless ways to this body of inquiry. I am immensely grateful for their support and generosity; without them the impact is impossible. This award paves the way for other researchers who focus on philosophical, conceptual, and empirical research to be similarly recognized for their important contributions to nursing and more broadly to healthcare nationally and globally. I am honored and grateful to be included among such distinguished nurses."
Elizabeth M. Saewyc, PhD, RN, FSAHM, FCAHS, FAAN, is a professor and the director of the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada; she also leads the multidisciplinary Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre. She is a fellow in the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and in the American Academy of Nursing. For over 20 years, her research and public health nursing practice have focused on how stigma, violence, and trauma influence adolescents’ health and coping behaviours, and what protective factors can foster resilience and improve health equity for marginalized young people, especially lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth; homeless, runaway, and street-involved adolescents; sexually abused and sexually exploited teens; immigrants and refugees; and Indigenous young people in several countries.
"This award is such an honor! My commitment and my passion are focused on doing research that makes a difference, that promotes health equity for all young people, especially those who face stigma and discrimination. To be recognized for that research by my colleagues and fellow researchers is both thrilling and humbling! Thrilling, because this recognition comes from people I profoundly respect; humbling, seeing those who have received this award before me, nurse researchers I profoundly admire. My work has been achieved with the help of amazingly talented research teams, and I am grateful for their partnership."
Suzanne C. Smeltzer, EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, is the Richard and Marianne Kreider endowed professor in nursing for vulnerable populations at Villanova University’s M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, Pennsylvania, USA. For over 30 years, Smeltzer researched health issues and gaps in healthcare affecting individuals with disabilities, the largest minority group in the U.S. She has developed, tested, and disseminated strategies to the medical and nursing communities to address care of those with disabilities. She and colleagues have collaborated with the National League for Nursing to create Advancing Care Excellence in Disability (ACE.D), a resource of evidence-based strategies for students, faculty, and nurses globally to provide quality care to individuals with disabilities. They developed an instructional CD for nurse practitioner programs to provide information and resources for their use in addressing disability with their students. Smeltzer’s work, moving from research to dissemination of findings to practice and education, has been recognized by interdisciplinary organizations.
"Recognition by one’s peers is the highest accolade one can receive. To be honored by Sigma for selection for the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame and to join those esteemed nurse researchers who have come before are daunting honors. I feel privileged to have been nominated and selected for this great honor. From my personal perspective, I will take my induction, at least in part, as recognition of the growing awareness of the importance of disability as an issue that receives too little attention in nursing and one that needs the attention of nurse researchers going forward."
Patricia Stone, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, is the centennial professor in health policy at Columbia University in New York, USA. She earned her PhD from the University of Rochester in 1997 and completed postdoctoral training at Harvard University in 1999. Stone conducts rigorous comparative effectiveness research to improve the quality of care for older adults. Results of her program of research have been disseminated in over 200 publications in high impact journals. These articles have contributed to policy changes (e.g., state and federal legislative mandates that hospitals report infections and the types of data they collect) and have been cited in important policy documents authored by CMS, CDC, ANA, and The Joint Commission. While Stone maintains an active program of research, her passion is teaching the next generation of nurse scientists how to lead interdisciplinary research teams to generate knowledge and influence health policy with the ultimate goal of improving population health.
"It is truly an honor to be inducted into Sigma’s International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. Joining the previous inductees and the prestigious other nurse scientists is humbling. This award means a lot not only to me, but my interdisciplinary research team; if it wasn’t for this great team I wouldn’t be here. I am grateful for my research team and my colleagues who nominated me. Thank you."
Sarah L. Szanton, PhD, ANP, FAAN, is the health equity and social justice endowed professor and director of the Center for Innovative Care in Aging at the Johns Hopkins Schools of Nursing and Public Health, Maryland, USA. She tests interventions to reduce health disparities among older adults. She is a PBS “Next Avenue Influencer in Aging.” She was educated at Harvard, the University of Maryland, and Johns Hopkins, and has been funded by the NIH, CMS, and multiple foundations.
"This award is meaningful coming from a global society for nurses. Our ability to leverage our clinical insight into research that improves health is universal. It’s wonderful to be among the group of other nurses who have changed the world."
Paula Tanabe, PhD, RN, FAEN, FAAN, is the associate dean for research development and data science and professor at Duke University School of Nursing, North Carolina, USA. She is a clinical and health services researcher. Her program of research focuses on improving systems of healthcare and patient outcomes for people with sickle cell disease, a primarily minority and underserved population. Tanabe has received funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities; and NINR. Her work is advancing the care of individuals with sickle cell disease with a strong focus on improving pain management in the emergency department during a vaso-occlusive crisis. Her methodological expertise includes conducting multisite clinical RCTs, survey methods, qualitative research, quality improvement, and implementation science. Tanabe has a strong passion for her work, for individuals with sickle cell disease, and for mentoring students and faculty to conduct important, meaningful work to improve the health and well-being of individuals and families.
"I am incredibly honored to be inducted as an awardee for Sigma’s International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. The awardees and countless other nurse researchers are conducting such impactful work, and I am honored to be included in this distinguished group. The award is not about me but about the level of attention it brings to the work I do to improve the health of those living with a horrific disease, sickle cell disease. It is also to acknowledge the joy I get from doing this work and mentoring faculty and students to conduct equally important, meaningful research."
Victoria Vaughan Dickson, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, is an associate professor and director of the Pless Center for Nursing Research in the New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing, USA. She is recognized as an international expert in mixed methods research and has a strong record of mentorship to students and collaborations with interdisciplinary research teams across Europe, Asia, and South America. Throughout her program of research—which focuses on investigating the biobehavioral influences on self-care in vulnerable populations with cardiovascular disease, including heart failure and multiple comorbidity—she has pioneered data analytic techniques that have led to an improved understanding of the sociocultural influences of self-care and the development of innovative theory-based interventions. Dickson has received multiple awards for her excellence in cardiovascular nursing research. She is a fellow in the American Heart Association, Heart Failure Society of America, New York Academy of Medicine, and American Academy of Nursing.
"Receiving Sigma’s International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame award is truly an honor. This award is particularly meaningful because so much of my research has involved international and interdisciplinary collaborations—all of us working together to advance nursing science that improves the clinical delivery of care and improves outcomes for patients, families, and communities affected by cardiovascular disease."
David Vlahov, PhD, RN, FAAN, is associate dean for research and professor at the Yale School of Nursing, Connecticut, USA. His primary area of focus has been on urban health. He led the ALIVE study in Baltimore that recruited and followed 3,000 injection drug users to study the natural and then the treated history of HIV infection. Analyses from the study provided key information for HIV prevention and treatment; for this, NIH recognized his worked with a MERIT Award. His studies in Baltimore, Harlem, and the Bronx have served as a platform for subsequent individual-, community-, and policy-level intervention studies. He has led community-based participatory research to address social determinants of health. This work has contributed new knowledge to promote health equity. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and an inductee of the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars.
"Induction into Sigma's International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame is an opportunity to inspire nursing researchers and students with the accomplishments of this cohort of nursing scholars being recognized. A lot of hard work went into making our research rigorous and then translating our results to shape policy and practice. It is a time of celebration but also a stimulus to achieve greater heights in developing evidence to make a difference. Thank you to Sigma."
Joachim Voss, PhD, RN, ACRN, FAAN, is the Sarah Cole Hirsh professor at Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, USA, where he serves as director for the Sarah Cole Hirsh Institute for Evidence-Based Practice at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. In addition, he is an adjunct professor in the Global Health Department at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA, where he trains global health leaders in communication practices. He is a recognized leader in symptom research for fatigue in people living with HIV and cancer. For the last 18 years, he has become a researcher at the intersection of bench-to-bedside investigations and has published more than 100 scientific articles. He is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and is a dedicated mentor to pre- and postdoctoral scholars from a variety of universities in the United States, Thailand, Switzerland, Uganda, Botswana, Kenya, China, Cameroon, and Tanzania.
"The International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame award is the highest international recognition for a nurse researcher, much like receiving an Oscar. As the second male nursing researcher in the U.S. to receive this honor, it is a testament to the importance and impact that my research has had domestically and internationally. I am proud and humbled to be in the company of my highly esteemed colleagues who all made significant contributions to their fields. The award carries tremendous weight by the university, the school, and my colleagues from around the world. My sister called me her superhero!"
JoAnne M. Youngblut, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Dr. Herbert & Nicole Wertheim endowed professor at Florida International University’s Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences, USA. Her 25-year NIH-funded research program has focused on functioning of critically ill children and their families and most recently on health and functioning of parents, grandparents, and siblings in the first year after an infant’s/child’s death in the Neonatal or Pediatric ICU. She has been PI on five investigator-initiated NIH grants (four R01s) and published more than 100 articles in top-tier peer-reviewed journals in medicine, nursing, and psychology. She served on the NIGMS Minority Biomedical Research grant review panel and CSR’s Nursing & Related Clinical Sciences study section. She mentored predoctoral and postdoctoral research fellows in the U.S., Thailand, Zimbabwe, Egypt, and China. She completed her MS and PhD in nursing at the University of Michigan.
"This award is a fantastic acknowledgment of my long-standing program of research, publications, leadership in research, and my predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows."
Jaclene Zauszniewski, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, is the Kate Hanna Harvey professor in community health nursing and director of the PhD in Nursing Program at Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, USA. With 44 years of nursing experience, including 35 years in psychiatric-mental health nursing, her educational background is grounded in nursing and psychological sciences, including biofeedback training. She is known for her pioneering research on the science of resourcefulness, which her program of research has found to be essential for managing stress, depression, and chronic conditions across various populations. She is the originator of the mid-range theory of resourcefulness, measures of resourcefulness, and resourcefulness training interventions that are currently being tested. She has authored more than 180 publications and conducted over 220 presentations at regional, national, and international conferences. She has received intramural and extramural funding for her research and has been recognized for her scholarly work with numerous prestigious research awards.
"Induction into Sigma’s International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame is, for me, the very summit of my career as a nurse scientist. This recognition of my work is indeed a significant honor, yet it is simultaneously very humbling. I share this recognition with the many individuals who encouraged, motivated, and mentored me to accomplish all I have and to achieve all I have done. Without the personal investment of the time, talents, and treasures of my family, professors, mentors, reviewers, colleagues, funding agencies, students, and study participants, I would never merit selection into this Hall of Fame."
Shannon N. Zenk, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, is nursing collegiate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing, USA. Zenk’s research focuses on understanding and addressing socio-environmental determinants of health to improve population health and eliminate inequities. Neighborhoods are of particular interest. Through pioneering research on food deserts, Zenk brought attention to the problem of inadequate access to healthful foods in low-income and segregated neighborhoods. Her findings informed new policies. She has since produced crucial evidence on the health implications of neighborhood disparities, including by leveraging electronic health record data. She has also advanced methodologies in the field, such as the use of activity spaces to more accurately measure environmental exposures.
"Induction into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame is the culmination of amazing opportunities and mentoring since I became a Sigma member as an undergraduate student. With so many nurses engaged in important work to address social determinants of health, it means a lot to be recognized for my research in this area. I hope this honor will lead to new international collaborations that ultimately achieve better health for all." RNL
Read RNL articles about other members previously inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame:
Esther Carlota Gallegos Cabriales
Kaye A. Herth
Huda Abu-Saad Huijer
Therese S. Richmond