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NINR Council Welcomes Six New Members

September 29, 2017

NINR announced the appointment of six 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.

NINR Director Dr. Patricia Grady (third from left) with new NACNR members (left to right) Dr. Audwin Fletcher, Dr. Sheila Sullivan, Dr. Shirley Moore, Dr. Yvette Conley, and Dr. JoEllen Wilbur. Not pictured: Dr. Karen Meneses.

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

Yvette Conley, PhD, FAAN is a professor and vice chair for research at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. Her research focuses on using omics approaches to understand the biological underpinnings of patient recovery and symptom development after traumatic brain injury, stroke, and within the context of treatment for chronic conditions.

Audwin Fletcher, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, FAAN is a tenured professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing. Currently, he is the Director of the Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner tracks. Dr. Fletcher’s research interests include: childhood obesity, men’s health, chronic illnesses, and access to care to the African American community.

Karen Meneses, PhD, RN, FAAN is Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing, and co-leader of the Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Meneses’ research focuses on dissemination of self-management interventions to improve quality of life among underserved (older, rural, younger, and Latina) breast cancer survivors.

Shirley M. Moore, RN, PhD, FAAN is the Edward J. and Louise Mellen Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean for Research at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Moore’s research focuses on designing and testing interventions to reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors.

Sheila Sullivan, PhD, RN is the Director of Research, Evidence Based Practice, and Analytics for the Veterans Affairs Central Office of Nursing Services. Dr. Sullivan’s program of research focuses on aging veterans in recuperative care.

JoEllen Wilbur, PhD, RN, FAAN is Professor and Endowed Independence Foundation Chair in Nursing, and Associate Dean for Research at Rush University College of Nursing. Dr. Wilbur’s work has focused on midlife women’s physical activity and cardiovascular and psychological health.

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