Marguerite Littleton Kearney, PhD, RN, FAAN, was recently named the Director of NINR’s Division of Extramural Science Programs (DESP). Dr. Littleton Kearney is responsible for leading, managing and actively coordinating NINR’s extramural scientific programs, grants management, scientific merit review, and advisory council operations.
“It is honor and a privilege for me to take my place as a member of the NINR team, especially since my own program of research was supported by the NINR for over 17 years,” Littleton Kearney said. “Throughout the years that my studies were supported by the NINR, I observed remarkable advances in nursing science and it has been exciting for me to be a part of it.”
Dr. Littleton Kearney’s interdisciplinary research, which was funded by NINR since 1996, focused on the effects of sex hormones on cerebral vessel recovery after ischemic cerebral injury. She has served on NIH study sections in support of the scientific peer review process. In 2001, Dr. Littleton Kearney became a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
According to Dr. Littleton Kearney, she and the extramural team are looking forward to the future of the nursing science. “In October NINR begins to celebrate 30 years as one of the 27 institutes and centers at the NIH. During those years, studies conducted by NINR supported investigators have contributed to our mission of building the scientific foundation of clinical practice and improving the health of individuals, families and communities. DESP staff members are committed to the mission and the strategic goals of the NINR and are here to help support the extramural research community.”
Prior to joining NINR, Dr. Littleton Kearney was the Associate Dean for Research at the Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). She has been an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Medicine, and held faculty positions at the Rush College of Nursing and the University of Maryland. She earned her Ph.D. and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Departments of Nursing and Pharmacology at Rush University in Chicago.