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Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Faculty Named to International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

Mar 5, 2018

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Professor Hae-Ra Han and Associate Dean of Global Affairs Nancy R. Reynolds have been selected for induction into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. They were chosen for their significant international achievement and research that has improved communities and the profession.

“What a fantastic honor and opportunity to join so many other inspiring and innovative leaders in the profession,” says Han, PhD, RN, FAAN. “This is a success for minority and immigrant health, on which my research focuses, and recognizes that the work we do as nurses makes a significant difference.”

“Sigma Theta Tau International has a long and distinguished history of supporting excellence in scholarship and the advancement of science. Funding from Sigma was instrumental in my early development as a researcher,” adds Reynolds, PhD, RN, C-NP, FAAN. “It is now a great privilege to be among the outstanding nurse researchers whose body of work is recognized by Sigma.”

As an advocate for underserved populations, Han researches health literacy interventions to reduce disparities in chronic care, particularly among ethnic minority and immigrant populations. She has studied breast and cervical cancer among Korean Americans and women living with HIV, and cardiovascular health promotion among Korean and Latino immigrants and low-income African Americans. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Technology, Sydney, co-director of the JHSON’s Center for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care, and associate director for implementation of the Center for Innovative Care in Aging.

Reynolds focuses on the complexities of self-care behavior, treatment engagement, and medication adherence among people living with chronic illnesses. Through numerous interdisciplinary trials, she has tested interventions that use low-cost cellphone technology to bring health care services to vulnerable populations affected by HIV, and she has led NIH-sponsored studies in India, Ghana, and the United States to enhance treatment adherence and health outcomes of vulnerable HIV-positive women and children. 

Also inducted will be JHSON adjunct faculty member Elizabeth Halcomb, PhD, BN (Hons), RN, FACN, who is a professor of primary health care nursing at the School of Nursing, University of Wollongong. Her expertise is in chronic disease, cardiovascular disease, mixed-methods research, and more.

“The impact of their work has been experienced globally, and this is a wonderful achievement for these dedicated, skilled, and enthusiastic nurses,” says Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN, dean of JHSON.

The faculty will be recognized at STTI 29th International Nursing Research Congress in Melbourne, Australia in July.


Located in Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is a globally-recognized leader in nursing education, research and practice and ranks No. 2 nationally among graduate schools of nursing and No. 2 for DNP programs in the U.S. News & World Report 2018 rankings. In addition, the school is ranked by QS World University as the No. 2 nursing school in the world and is No.1 by College Choice for its master’s program. The school is No. 1 among nursing schools for total Federal Research Grants and National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. For more information, visit

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