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NINR Council Welcomes Four New Members

October 1, 2015

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) announced the appointment of four new members to the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research (NACNR). Members of the council are drawn from the scientific and lay communities, embodying a diverse perspective from the fields of nursing, public and health policy, law, and economics.

The NACNR meets three times a year to provide guidance on the direction of nursing research. The council discusses NINR’s intramural and extramural research programs.

NINR Director Dr. Patricia A. Grady is pleased to welcome the following new members:

Beverly Priefer, PhD, RN, is the acting director of research and evidence based practice programs in the Office of Nursing Services (ONS) within the Veterans Health Administration, a branch of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In her current position, she supports the recruitment and retention of nurse scientists through training and mentoring and oversees the ONS national evidence-based practice initiatives.

Colonel Michael L. Schlicher, PhD, RN, is the executive director for the military’s TriService Nursing Research Program in Bethesda, Maryland. His research seeks to use aspects of nanotechnology to develop new nursing therapeutics for wound healing, pain control, and disease prevention.

Alexa Stuifbergen, PhD, RN, is the dean, James R. Dougherty, Jr. Centennial Professor in Nursing and holds the Laura Lee Blanton Chair in Nursing at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Stuifbergen is internationally known for her innovative research projects in health promotion for persons with chronic and disabling conditions.

Jennifer Temel, MD, is an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, Boston, clinical director of thoracic oncology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, director of cancer outcomes research at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, and co-leader of the Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Outcomes Research Program, Boston. Her research focuses on optimizing palliative and supportive care for patients with cancer and their families.

For more information about the NACNR, please visit

Photo Caption: NINR Director Dr. Patricia Grady (center) with new NACNR members (left to right) Dr. Alexa Stuifbergen, Dr. Jennifer Temel, Dr. Beverly Priefer, and Col. Michael Schlicher.

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