October 2019 News and Awards

Faculty Awards and Achievements: 

Jennifer Sonney was selected to join the ITHS KL2 cohort and was elected as secretary for the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.

Dr. Basia Belza spoke to 40 members of PROBUS on October 2 on “Benefits of Physical Activity for Cognitive Health.”  In the photo with Dr. Belza are members of PROBUS along with Dr. Marge Batey, SoN Professor Emeritus.

Cynthia Price was awarded NIH R01 funding to expand her study of Mindful Body Awareness training to men and women in medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. Price also presented an educational webinar: Reducing Relapse Risk by Increasing Body Awareness Skills: Practical Tips and Research Findings for Clinicians Who Work in Substance Use Disorder Treatment available for clinicians through the Addiction Technology Center Network.

Betty Bekemeier Received the Washington State Public Health Association’s Public Health Leadership Award.

Wendy Barrington was honored by the National Council of Negro Women at their annual gala.

Hilaire Thompson was featured on KUOW for her work using technology to help older adults stay in their homes.

Faculty members, Kathleen Johnson, Elaine Walsh, and Mayumi Willgerodt, were inducted as fellows into the American Academy of Nursing.

Alumna Pamela Mitchell was named an American Academy of Nursing Living Legend.

Dr. Jillian Pintye received R01 funding for her study, “Evaluating Infant PrEP Exposure During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding.”

Katherine Graham


In Memory of Past Faculty:

Ruth McCorkle

Katherine Graham 

Martha J. Lentz


Clinical Preceptors of the Year

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner – Desiree Wood, DNP, ARNP, AGPCNP-BC, CCRN – Seattle VA Medical Center
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner – Scott Archer, MN, ARNP, AGPCNP-BC – Providence St. Peter Hospital
  • Family Nurse Practitioner – Mariann Williams, MSN, MPH, ARNP, FNP – Confluence Health
  • Nurse-Midwifery – Simon Adriane Ellis, MSN, ARNP, CNM – Kaiser Permanente

    University of Washington School of Nursing Faculty at the American Association of Nursing 2019 conference in Washington, D.C.

  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Christopher Cheng, MD – C&C Medical
  • Population Health Nursing – Kate Pfizenmaier, BA, MPH – UW Scope
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner – Andrew Kokesh, ARNP, PMHNP-BC


Faculty Promotions and Appointments:

Assistant faculty to Associate faculty –Wendy Barrington, Jean Tang

Research Associate Professor to Research ProfessorCynthia Price

LecturerAnne Kalkbrenner, Tamara Cunitz, Katie Johnson

Senior LecturerPaula Cox-North, Joelle Fathi

Full-Time Lecturer – Julie Myers

ABSN 1 students at the Annual Benefit Luncheon at Full Life Care on Oct 17.  This organization is their clinical placement site for NCLIN 409: Population Health Through Community Health Nursing Partnerships. The students are assigned to specific programs and sites within the organization where they support the agency’s work of health promotion for vulnerable adults and adults with disabilities.


Student Awards and Achievements:

Jane Kim, Doctorate of Nursing Practice student, and Michelle Shin, PhD in Nursing Science students were featured for their work as a part of the Population Health Initiative’s 2019 Applied Research Fellows program.

Alex Vasbinder, PhD in Nursing Science Student is the School of Nursing’s 2019-2020 Magnuson Scholar. This summer she was also awarded an ONS dissertation award and an ANF grant to fund her dissertation project.

A team of five graduate students, including two nursing graduate students, recently delivered a report from their research titled, ‘Assessing Disparities in Birth Outcomes: An Evaluation of Seattle & King County’s First Steps Program’.

PhD in Nursing Science Student, Anna Petrovskis, wrote a blog post for the organization Paperdes Zieds in Riga, Latvia. The blog post talks about her history doing a public health internship in Senegal and then relays that back to young women in Latvia staying in school. She talks about her work as an oncology nurse and the importance of preventative lifestyle measures.

DNP Population Health Nursing graduates with Dr. Betty Bekemeier at the Washington State Public Health convention.