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Two NYU College of Nursing-Affiliated Members to be Inducted as 2011 Fellows at American Academy of Nursing

June 21, 2011
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NYUCN Associate Professor Nancy Van Devanter and NYUCN Alumna Kathleen Hickey Selected for Prestigious Honor

New York University College of Nursing faculty member Nancy Van Devanter and NYUCN alumna Kathleen Hickey are among the elite class of 142 nurse leaders to be inducted as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing at the Academy’s 38th Annual Meeting and Conference on October 15, 2011, in Washington, D.C.

“Selection for membership in the Academy is one of the most prestigious honors in the field of nursing,” said Academy President Catherine L. Gilliss, DNSc, RN, FAAN, in a release from that organization. “Academy Fellows are truly experts. The Academy Fellowship represents the nation’s top nurse researchers, policymakers, scholars, executives, educators and practitioners.”

Since the 1990s, Dr. Nancy VanDevanter has conducted behavioral intervention research integrating a community based participatory research approach into the development and testing of theory-driven interventions to promote health and reduce disease in communities with significant health disparities. Her interventions have focused on individuals living with HIV, first among HIV infected blood donors and more recently an NIH funded qualitative study to identify the adaptive tasks and context of risk behavior in adolescents with behaviorally acquired HIV. As a principal investigator, she has tested interventions to increase self-protective sexual health behaviors in adolescents and women at risk for HIV. VanDevanter was the principal investigator of a CDC/NIH funded multi-site, community level intervention study to reduce Gonorrhea and Chlamydia in communities with high prevalence. She is also the principal investigator for the Partnership for Family Health, a HRSA funded Ryan White Care ACT program providing a family centered model of care to women, children, youth and families with HIV/AIDS. Prior to coming to NYU, she was the Director of the Center for Applied Public Health at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, a center created to identify, develop, and test replicable models of community- academic partnership to improve community health and eliminate health disparities. In that role she worked collaboratively with health care providers, state and local health departments testing interventions to change provider and patient behavior to enhance patient outcomes, community level health and public health practice.

NYUCN alumna Kathleen T. Hickey, EdD, C-FNP, C-ANP, is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing. She also holds a joint appointment in the Division of Cardiology (electrophysiology) as both a family and adult nurse practitioner, and is a Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholar. Her interdisciplinary clinical and research focus is in the areas of cardiogenetics, the clinical care and management of those with atrial and ventricular arrhythmia, and the prevention of sudden cardiac death. Her recent grant awards include a R03 from the National Institute of Nursing Research focusing on arrhythmia telehealth monitoring, a Clinical Translational Service Award-funded pilot award focusing on cardiogenetics, and a Columbia University Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy award on remote web-based ICD learning. Currently, she is collaborating on a NINR R01 with Dr. Barbara Drew from (UCSF) and Dr. Lynn Doering (UCLA) focusing on home ECG monitoring to detect acute allograft rejection following heart transplantation. She is an active member of the American Heart Association’s Cardiovascular Nursing Council and The International Society on Nursing Genetics.

Selection criteria for Fellowship in the Academy include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care. Each nominee must be sponsored by two current Academy Fellows. The new Fellows are selected by a panel composed of elected and appointed Fellows, and selection is based, in part, on the extent to which nominees’ nursing careers influence health policies and health care delivery for the benefit of all Americans. New Fellows will be eligible to use the credentials FAAN (Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing) after their October induction.

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Two NYUCN Members Inducted as 2011 Fellows at American Academy of Nursing

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