Awards and accolades-April 2016

Awards and accolades-April 2016

The UW School of Nursing is pleased to announce the following awards, accolades and updates by faculty and students.

Faculty awards and updates

Professor Karen Schepp, chair of the Psychosocial and Community Health Department, was honored by the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (ISPN) with the Melva Jo Hendrix Lectureship award for a lifetime of contributions to the field.

The award honors the memory of Melva Jo Hendrix, DNSc, RN, FAAN, to celebrate her leadership and to recognize her lifetime of contributions to psychiatric-mental health nursing. This award is given to psychiatric-mental health nurses who exemplify Dr. Hendrix’s values and principles – her unswerving commitment to improving care for the underserved, stigmatized or disenfranchised and her dedication to mentoring others. Specific criteria for the award included evidence of leadership or emerging leadership; recognition of work in the community (education, practice and research); and a career that addresses key variables in the purposes of the award.

Schepp received the honor following her lecture for the Melva Jo Hendrix Lectureship. The title of her lecture was “Family Interpretation and Management of Child/Adolescent Mental Illness from Diverse Perspectives: A Program of Research.” Read more.

Cynthia Price, research associate professor in Biobehaviorial Nursing and Health Systems, has been appointed to serve on the National Advisory Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NACCIH). The National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Research Advisory Councils are consulted by and provide advice to the director of NIH. In this role, Price will help guide the center’s research vision and strategy related to integrative and complementary care.

Hannah Rockett, advanced registered nurse practitioner at Harborview Medical Center, is the recipient of the 2016 Novice Writer’s Award from the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing. Rockett earned her undergraduate degree in psychology and neurobiology from UW and then conducted research on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at the Veterans Association for five years before going back to get her BSN and then MN from the UW School of Nursing.Rockett’s winning article, “Fever Management Practices of Neuroscience Nurses: What Has Changed?” was derived from her Masters project under her mentor, Professor Hilaire Thompson. Rockett received the award in absentia on Monday, April 11, at the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses Awards Program Annual Educational Meeting.

Sandra Adams Motzer, associate professor emerita in Biobehaviorial Nursing and Health Systems, has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 University of Washington Retirement Association’s Distinguished Retiree Excellence in Community Service Award. She was nominated based on her dedication to community service on behalf of the Lake City neighborhood. In a letter from UW President Ana Mari Cauce and Interim Provost and Executive Vice President Jerry Baldasty, they stated “You have been a model for utilizing the expertise and experience you developed in your career as a UW faculty member- collaboration/ organization, leadership, grant-writing, advocacy – to improve the Lake City community.” The award will be presented on June 9, 2016.

Rebecca O’Connor, assistant professor in Family and Child Nursing, recently presented the talk “Who’s Missing in Research and Why it Matters: low research participation among vulnerable populations leads to health inequities and further disparities.” She discussed the troubling issue of how most research subjects look alike and she provoked a lively Q&A session with guests at the Third Place Pub in Ravenna. She also ensured that other faculty would be welcome to speak there in the future.


Student awards and updates

Doctoral students Claire Richards and Ashley Scherman have been selected among theInstitute of Translational Health Sciences 2016 TL1 Pre-Doctoral Trainees. Richards’ research project is titled “Clinician-Family Communication in Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Units.” Scherman’s research project is on “Maternal Hair Cortisol and Offspring Lung Function.” They will each receive a pre-doctoral stipend and payment of a percentage of full-time tuition up to 18 credits. TL1 trainees also receive reimbursement of up to $1,000 in travel and $1,600 in project expenses. See the complete list of trainees accepted into the yearlong TL1 Multidisciplinary Pre-doctoral Clinical Research Training Program.

Jonika Hash, Ph.D. student in Nursing Science, was selected among this year’s Warren G. Magnuson Scholars. For the 2016-17 academic year, Ms. Hash will be awarded $30,000 to be used to pursue her education and research. Hash is a third-year Ph.D. student in the School of Nursing. Her dissertation research focuses on examining sleep and its relation to parenting practices and behavior problems among infants and toddlers. Her goal is to evaluate whether early childhood adversity leads to increased risk of developing diabetes later in life, linking sleep disorders to obesity, insulin resistance, and Type 2 diabetes. Hash hopes to become a nurse scholar and educator at a research-intensive institution, where she will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team and teach future nursing generations.

The University names six Magnuson Scholars each year, one from each of the six UW health sciences schools. The Magnuson Scholars are selected on the basis of their academic performance and their potential contributions to research in the health sciences.

Anita Souza, Ph.D. student in Nursing Science, and Robert M. Bowery, director of Compass Housing Alliance, were one of 12 community-academic pairs chosen to participate in an integrated, one-year research education program though the University of Michigan’s Detroit Urban Research Center. The goal of the program is to foster collaborative research using innovative research methods to promote health equity. Souza and Bowery have been collaborating on addressing the needs of older homeless adults with cognitive impairment.