Faculty, Student, Staff News

Summer 2014 As Seen in Our Summer 2014 Issue
Faculty, Student, Staff News

Community-Public Health

Jeanne Alhusen, PhD, CRNP, RN, was awarded the Villanova University College of Nursing’s Medallion of Distinction as an Emerging Scholar for her research in maternal attachment and early childhood outcomes.

Marti Andrews, PhD, is serving as Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs.

At the Annual International Family Justice Center Conference, Jacquelyn Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN, received the National Family Justice Center Lifetime Achievement Award for her service and passion toward stopping violence against women and children.

Laura Gitlin, PhD, presented “Caregiving of Older Individuals Who Have Cognitive Decline” at the 2014 National Nursing Research Roundtable. She also gave two talks at the University of Oklahoma: “Developing a Center on Aging—What Does it Take?” and “Can Research Change Practice—Designing Behavioral Interventions with Real World Application.”

Awarded with a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Research Project Grant (RO1), Nancy Glass, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, began a new intervention—“Effectiveness of a Safety Intervention for Dating Violence”—to evaluate the MyPlan application and the impact on safety for college women in abusive intimate relationships.

Tener Goodwin Veenema, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, was selected to be part of the 2014 class of the women’s development group Leadership America. She is also serving on the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows (RWJF ENF) Alumni Board.

Joan Kub, PhD, MA, PHCNS, BC, presented “New Tools for Accurately Planning for the Future of Your Health Ministry: Community Assessment and Formative Evaluation” at the Holy Cross Hospital Faith/Community Nurse Program.

At the Southern Nursing Research Society’s 28th Annual Conference, Phyllis Sharps, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN, presented “Engaging and Retaining Abused Women in Perinatal Home Visitation Programs.”

Nicole Warren, PhD, MPH, CNM, presented “Family Planning Among Couples in Eastern DRC” as part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health Seminars at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Acute and Chronic Care

Dean Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN, was elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) to help standardize global health curricula, bring balance to resources among institutions in poor and rich countries, and create partnerships among academic institutions.

Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb, PhD, RN, ANP, FAAN, was announced as the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association President-Elect at the Preventive Cardiovascular Nursing Association’s (PCNA) Annual Symposium.

Deborah Finnell, DNS, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, FAAN, was awarded the Johns Hopkins Primary Care Consortium 2014 Small Grant Award for her submission “Comparing Two Brief Interventions for Alcohol Use: A Feasibility Study.”

Cynthia Foronda, PhD, RN, CNE, presented “Use of Virtual Clinical Simulation to Improve Communication Skills of Baccalaureate Nursing Students: A Pilot Study” at the 28th Annual Conference of the Southern Nursing Research Society.

Linda Gerson, PhD, RN, served as co-chair of the 2014 International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses Conference.

As part of an inaugural cohort, Deborah Gross, DNSc, RN, FAAN, will serve as an Ambassador for the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) to educate state and federal policy makers on the importance of nursing research and how funding will benefit Americans’ health.

Nancy Hodgson, PhD, RN, gave the keynote lecture “A Journey of Dignity and Purpose: End of Life Care for People with Dementia” at the Inaugural Karen A. Armacost Annual Lecture on Geriatric Care and presented “Comfort Care in Advanced Stage Dementia: A Palliative Approach” at the 2014 Annual Alzheimer’s Association Conference.

Pamela Jeffries, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, will be a Leadership Mentor in the Sigma Theta Tau International and Elsevier Foundation 2014-2015 Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy. Her publication Simulation in Nursing Education: From Conceptualization to Evaluation (second edition) received third place in the American Journal of Nursing’s Book of the Year Awards “Nursing Education/Continuing Education” category.

Shawna Mudd, DNP, CPNP-AC, PNP-BC, is President-Elect of the Maryland Chesapeake Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Mudd, Andrea Parsons Schram, DNP, CRNP, and and Cynthia Foronda, PhD, RN, CNE, were also selected to serve as leadership scholars in the 2014 National League for Nursing LEAD cohort.

Marie Nolan, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN is serving as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Andrea Parsons Schram, DNP, CRNP, received a joint appointment in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and was elected 2014-2015 President of the Nurse Practitioner Association.

Cynda H. Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN, was awarded the Center for Health Care Ethics (CHCE) Milestone Award for Bioethics Leadership in honor of her international leadership and professional practice.

At the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Annual Conference, Kathleen White, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, presented “The Challenge of Integrating Outcomes Education and Research in a Curriculum” and Julie Stanik-Hutt, PhD, ACNP/GNP-BC, CCNS, FAAN, presented “Educational Innovations to Increase the Visibility of Clinical Nurse Specialists.”

Marisa Wilson, DNSc, MHSc, RN-BC, was recognized as a “Nursing Informatics Leader” at the 12th International Congress on Nursing Informatics in Taipei for her extensive work with Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform (TIGER).


PhD students Martha Abshire and Melissa Kurtz were awarded a TL1 training grant from the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research to receive training in team science and career development.

Accelerated student Abby Dowling received funding through the Provost’s Undergraduate Research Award to conduct her research project “Caribbean Men’s Study.”

Accelerated student Brynn Huffman received the Chesapeake Urology Award Scholarship for passion and determination in the medical field.

Through the American Pain Society’s Young Investigator Travel Support Program, PhD Candidate Gyasi Moscou-Jackson received funding to attend its 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting. She presented “The Moderating Effect of Sleep Fragmentation on the Association of Sleep Duration and Pain in Adults with Sickle Cell Disease” and “Adaptive Positive Affect Regulation Attenuates the Effect of Poor Sleep on Pain in Sickle Cell Disease.”

DNP student and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow Lisa Sgarlata was selected to chair the Leadership Development and Certificate of Need committees for the Florida Nurses Association.


Associate Director of Development and Alumni Relations Chanel Newsome achieved the Certified Fund Raising Executive credential recognizing her commitment to the highest standards of professionalism in philanthropy.

Center for Global Nursing Manager Kevin Ousman, RN, BSN, MSN, was chosen to help launch the Global Nurse Executive Leadership Institute—a new educational track that expands the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program.

Former Academic Affairs Administrative Coordinator Shanna Spearman was promoted to Payroll Coordinator in the Office of Finance and Administration.

Former Senior Administrative Coordinator for the Office of Nursing Research Chasmine Stoddart was promoted to Budget Analyst.

Former Associate Director of Financial Aid Sherrod Wilkerson began a new position as Director of Student Financial Services.


Accelerated students Bethany Allen and Nyadia Griffith were honored at the Student Outreach Resource Center (SOURCE) Service Scholarship Poster Presentation for their work in Baltimore City community-based organizations. Beth Sloand, PhD, RN, PNP-BC, FAAN, and Carolyn Cumpsty Fowler, PhD, MPH, were also recognized for being part of the Service-Learning Faculty and Community Fellows program.

Jackie Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Cynda Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN, were listed among The Daily Record’s 2014 list of Maryland’s Top 100 Women.

Ellen Ray, DNP, CNM, RN, Brigit VanGraafeiland, DNP, CRNP, Jo Walrath, PhD, MS, RN, and Susan Immelt, PhD, RN, Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb, PhD, RN, ANP, FAAN, and PhD student Yvonne Commodore-Mensah’s poster presentation “Evaluation of a Service-Learning Course for Pre-Licensure Nursing Students to Provide Leadership Development in Quality and Patient Safety” won first place in the Academic/General category at the National Quality and Safety Education for Nurses conference.

Elizabeth “Ibby” Tanner, PhD, MS, RN, Kathryn Kushto-Reese, MSN, RN, Nasreen Bahreman, MSN, RN, and Duane Herbel, MS, RN, co-presented “Interprofessional Education: Culture, Best Practices, Assessment and Evaluation” with School of Medicine faculty Michael Barone, MD, MPH, Laura Hanyok, MD, and Robert Dudas, MD, at the Institute for Excellence in Education (IEE) Education Conference and Celebration.


Flame of ExcellenceJulie-Stanik-Hutt’s Flame of of Excellence

National leader in nurse practitioner practice and policy, Julie Stanik-Hutt, PhD, ACNP/GNP-BC, CCNS, FAAN, was awarded the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Flame of Excellence Award for her advocacy in practice, education, and certification.

The award recognizes “consistent high-level outcomes with a broad reach in acute and critical care nursing,” and is given to those whose communication, collaboration, and decision making drive excellent care and patient-centered results. As a clinician, educator, and colleague, Stanik-Hutt has achieved this honor through her research, publications, leadership, and work at the Johns Hopkins Hospital’s clinical practice in inpatient cardiology. She has collaborated with legislators, colleagues, professional organizations, and governmental agencies to remove barriers to care and advanced practice nursing.

Stanik-Hutt received her award at the national Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition in May.

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