A new appointment for Dean Patricia Davidson and the naming of the new American Association of Colleges of Nursing chief nursing officer kick off a busy month of faculty and student appointments, awards, and presentations.


An advocate for helping underserved populations, Dean Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN, was elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH). As a 2014 board member, Davidson will help the CUGH standardize global health curricula, bring balance to resources among institutions in poor and rich countries, and create partnerships among academic institutions. 

Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN, an adjunct School of Nursing faculty member and Director of the Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Center for Health Policy and Healthcare Transformation, was named chief executive officer for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. In her role, she plans to improve quality of nursing care and strengthen nursing education. Dean Davidson says, “she will be an inspirational and motivational leader at this time of healthcare reform.”

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. She currently serves on the PCNA Board of Directors.

Andrea Parsons Schram, DNP, CRNP, received a joint appointment in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Currently a provider with the Hopkins General Internal Medicine Tumulty Group, she is a family nurse practitioner and advocate of the nurse practitioner role within the interprofessional health care team.


Awarded with a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Research Project Grant (RO1), Nancy Glass, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, will begin a new intervention that responds to and helps prevent relationship violence on university and college campuses. The study titled “Effectiveness of a Safety Intervention for Dating Violence” will evaluate the MyPlan application, a safety decision aid, and the impact on safety for college women in abusive intimate relationships.

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. The award was given to her at the Annual International Family Justice Center Conference.

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

As an expert in disaster nursing and public health emergency preparedness, Tener Goodwin Veenema, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, will receive the Outstanding Contributions to Community/Public Health Nursing Practice Award from the Association of Community Health Nursing Educators. 

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 by SOURCE for being part of the Service-Learning Faculty and Community Fellows program.  

In honor of her international leadership and professional practice, Cynda H. Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN, was awarded the Center for Health Care Ethics (CHCE) Milestone Award for Bioethics Leadership at the CHCE 15th Year Celebration in Thunder Bay, Canada.


  • 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 SOM faculty Michael Barone, MD, MPH, Laura Hanyok, MD, and Robert Dudas, MD, at the Institute for Excellence in Education (IEE) Education Conference and Celebration.

  • At the 5th Biennial Palliative Care Nurses Australia Conference, Davidson presented “Margaret O’Connor Oration: The Transition from Chronic to Palliative Care: The Challenges and Opportunities.”

  • Veenema presented “Disaster Readiness for Hospital Based Nurses: Preparing for Uncertain times,” at the 24th Annual Medical Surgical Nursing Conference.

  • Laura Gitlin, PhD, 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.”

  • At the Preventive Cardiovascular Nursing Association Annual Symposium:

    •  PhD candidate Janna Stephens and Jerilyn Allen, ScD, RN, FAAN, led the workshop “Just a Phone Call Away: Mobile Apps for CVD Health.” They also won first place poster for “Randomized controlled pilot study testing the use of Smartphone technology for obesity treatment.” 
    • Benita Walton-Moss, DNS, RN, CRNP, PhD, student Yvonne Commodore-Mensah, and Research Program Assistant Paul Jeong presented “Promoting Health Literacy Among African Americans with High Blood Pressure.”
    • “Provider management of cardiovascular disease risk in HIV infected patients: Room for Improvement” presented by Commodore-Mensah on behalf of co-authors Jason Farley, PhD, MPH, CRNP, FAAN, Chakra Budhathoki, PhD, Hayley Mark, PhD, MPH, RN, and Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb, PhD, RN, ANP, FAAN, won third place in the moderated poster presentations.
    • Commodore-Mensah’s abstract “The Afro-Cardiac Study: Examining the cardiovascular disease risk profile of West African immigrants residing in the United States” won first place in data-based oral presentations.
  • Nancy Hodgson, PhD, RN, has been on the go:
    • “Empowerment through Advanced Care Planning: Evaluation of a Nursing Student Education Series”—American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Annual Assembly, Los Angeles, CA.
    • “Learning Needs of Students in a Healthcare MOOC”—Coursera Partner’s Conference, London, England.
    • “A Bioecological Model for Understanding Geriatric Medical Trauma: A Framework for Research and Intervention”—Annual Trauma Symposium on Aging and Injury, Philadelphia, PA.
    • “Family Interventions: What Really Works to Help a Person with Dementia?” and “Using Activities to Get the Person with Dementia Off the Couch”—20th Update on the Treatment of Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Defining the Standards of Care, Baltimore, MD.