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NINR Welcomes New Members to Advisory Council

May 24, 2016

Charles Rose

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. NINR, a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is the primary federal agency for the support of nursing research.

The NACNR meets three times a year on the NIH campus to provide recommendations on the direction and support of the research that forms the evidence base for nursing practice. An important role of the council is to conduct the second level review of grant applications that have previously been reviewed for scientific merit. In addition, the council reviews the institute's extramural programs and makes recommendations about its intramural research activities.

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

Kathryn H. Bowles, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI is the van Ameringen Professor in Nursing Excellence, Director of the Center for Integrative Science in Aging at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Vice President and Director of the Center for Home Care Policy and Research at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. Her program of research examines decision making supported by information technology to improve care for older adults. Her most recent study focuses on the development of decision support to determine the best site of care for those needing post-acute care. Other research areas include telehealth technology, home care, and evaluation of electronic health records. In 2011, Dr. Bowles co-founded RightCare Solutions, a software company based on her team’s research that provides an end to end solution for discharge planning and post-acute care referrals.

George Demiris, PhD, FACMI is the Alumni Endowed Professor in Nursing at the School of Nursing and Biomedical and Health Informatics, at the School of Medicine, University of Washington. He is the Graduate Program Director of the Biomedical and Health Informatics Graduate Program and Vice Chair for Informatics Education at the School of Medicine and the Director of the Clinical Informatics and Patient Centered Technologies Program. His research interests include the design and evaluation of home based technologies for older adults and patients with chronic conditions and disabilities, smart homes and ambient assisted living applications and the use of informatics to support patients and caregivers in home care and hospice. Dr. Demiris has served as the Chair of the International Medical Informatics Association Working Group on Smart Homes and Ambient Assisted Living, and is one of the founding members of the Hospice Caregiving Research Network.

Dr. Deborah Koniak-GriffinDeborah Koniak-Griffin, Ed.D, RNC, is Professor and Audrienne H. Moseley Endowed Chair in Women’s Health Research and holds the position of Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Nursing. She is a recognized international expert in maternal-child nursing and women’s health care. Her work is advancing deep understanding of methods to eliminate health disparities through health promotion interventions with vulnerable populations, including pregnant/parenting adolescents and Latina women. Dr. Koniak-Griffin and her research colleagues developed three nursing intervention programs for adolescent mothers and young childbearing couples that have been selected as evidence-based models for replication across the United States. She also established and served as founding Director of the UCLA School of Nursing Center for Vulnerable Populations Research that has advanced knowledge and promoted application of community-based participatory research.

Dr. PicklerRita H. Pickler, PhD, RN, FAAN is the FloAnn Sours Easton Professor of Child and Adolescent Health and Director of the PhD and MS in Nursing Science Programs at The Ohio State University College of Nursing. Dr. Pickler’s research focuses on the care of the preterm infant with a particular focus on improving neurodevelopmental outcomes. She also studies mechanisms underlying preterm birth, interventions to reduce preterm delivery and infant mortality, and transitions to home for families of preterm infants. Dr. Pickler has served on numerous NIH, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study sections; she recently completed a term as chair of the Nursing Research Review Committee. Dr. Pickler is an editor of the Journal of Advanced Nursing and editor of the research methods column of the Journal of Pediatric Health Care.

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