Excellence in Research Award
Elizabeth McWilliams Miller Award

2019 Award Recipient

2019 Research Award Recipient- Zauszniewski

Jaclene A. Zauszniewski PhD, RN-BC, FAAN

Kate Hanna Harvey Professor in Community Health Nursing
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland
Ohio, USA

Dr. Zauszniewski developed a ground-breaking theory of resourcefulness, incorporating self-help and health-seeking skills to help patients and family members attain optimal health and improved quality of life. She was recently awarded a $2 million grant from the US. National Institutes of Health to study resourcefulness as a self-management intervention for highly distressed caregivers of persons with bipolar disorder. Dr. Zauszniewski also has advanced nursing science in a significant way through instrument development and psychometric testing and the development of a model for evaluating interventions from the recipient's perspective. Her original and copyrighted instruments include the Resourcefulness Scale, the Resourcefulness Skills Scale, the Negative Emotions Checklist, and the Depressive Cognition Scale, which have been translated into 12 different languages. She has authored over 180 publications in refereed journals and books and has presented over 220 papers or posters at regional, national, and international conferences. She has received intramural and extramural research funding and has been recognized for her scholarly work with numerous prestigious research awards, including induction into Sigma’s International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.

2017 Award Recipient

F Research- Moore

Shirley M. Moore, RN, PhD,

Edward J. and Louise Mellen Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean for Research
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University
Ohio, USA

Being recognized for my passion – developing knowledge to improve the health and quality of life of people across the lifespan – is a great honor.  I am committed to developing effective interventions for nurses and all health professionals.   

Dr. Shirley Moore’s research focuses on designing and testing interventions to promote health behavior change.  She currently leads a multi-site trial testing weight management interventions for urban, low-income adolescents and a NIH-funded Center of Excellence is Self-Management Research.

2015 Award Recipient

M. Cynthia Logsdon, PhD, WHNP-BC, FAAN

Professor - University of Louisville, School of Nursing Associate Chief of Nursing for Research - University of Louisville Hospital/James Graham Brown Cancer Center Kentucky, USA Alpha Chapter #001 Iota Gamma Chapter #217

Dr. Logsdon has had a long and distinguished career in nursing research as evidenced by her prolific publications and presentations, the impact of her research on nursing practice, publications with interdisciplinary and international researchers, service as a consultant and peer reviewer of research for professional journals and government agencies, her publications with and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students, junior faculty and clinical nurses, and her service to research organizations. The extraordinary excellence of Dr. Logsdon’s scholarship has been externally validated by the most prestigious organizations in nursing. In 2005, Dr. Logsdon received the Excellence in Research Award from the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nursing. In 2009, Dr. Logsdon received Sigma's Research Dissemination Award. From 2012 through 2013 she participated in the Maternal Child Health Leadership Program, sponsored by Sigma and Johnson & Johnson, as a leadership mentor for research.

Episteme Award

2019 Award Recipient

2019 Episteme Award Recipient-Dr. Blot

Dr. Stijn I. Blot, PhD

Research professor
Ghent University, Department of Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Flanders, Belgium

Dr. Stijn Blot is a research professor at Ghent University in Flanders, Belgium, and is an honorary professor at the University of Queensland (Australia). Over the past 15 years, his varied background has enabled him to bridge distinct disciplines and interpret clinical data with the cross-collaboration necessary to advance healthcare around the world. He is the editor of multiple works, author of 40 books and chapters, and is responsible for 290 publications indexed in the Web of Science, adding to an h-index of 57. He is also a 2015 Sigma International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame inductee. Dr. Blot is dedicated to improving patient safety on a global scale, producing groundbreaking work that addresses the common complications and adverse experiences in critical care. His most recent work discovered a link between chlorhexidine oral care, an oral antiseptic used to prevent pneumonia, and a significant increase in mortality risk among hospitalized patients who are exposed to the chlorhexidine oral care. The findings of his most recent study have resulted in a call for reconsideration of a practice recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and the American Thoracic Society/Infectious Diseases Society of America.

2017 Award Recipient

Episteme- Richmond

Therese Richmond, PhD, CRNP, FAAN

Andrea B. Laporte Professor, Associate Dean for Research & Innovation
University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing
Pennsylvania, USA

I am passionate about bringing rigorous science to the seemingly intractable societal problems of violence and injury that impact the lives of individuals, families and communities. The recognition of my contributions to building knowledge to reduce violence and improve outcomes of serious injury by my peers is something I treasure.         

Therese Richmond has an extensive program of research aimed at improving recovery from serious injury by addressing the interaction between physical injury and its psychological repercussions. Her science also focuses on prevention of violence and firearm violence. The National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Nursing Research, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health have supported her research. Dr. Richmond serves on the Executive Committee of the CDC-funded Penn Injury Science Center and on the Executive Committee of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Richmond serves on the Federal Advisory Committee to the Secretary for National Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030.

2015 Award Recipient

Jacquelyn Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor, Anna D. Wolf Chair Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Maryland, USA Nu Beta Chapter #312

Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell is the Anna D. Wolf Chair and Professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and the National Program Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars Program. Her more than 12 major federally funded research investigations including studies of domestic violence homicide and improving the health care response to IPV. Elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2000, she was the Co-Chair of the IOM Forum on the Prevention of Global Violence and is on the Board of Directors of Futures Without Violence and the One Love Foundation. Dr. Campbell has published more than 225 articles and seven books and has extensive policy related service including testimony at congressional meetings and before the Senate, as well as policy and research agenda setting meetings with NIH, CDC, SAMHSA, DHHS Office on Women’s Health, and a host of other organizations.

Evidence-Based Practice Award

2019 Award Recipient

2019 EBP Recipient-Orlando Health Center

Orlando Health Center for Nursing Research and Advanced Nursing Practice

Florida, USA

Orlando Health has embraced research and evidence-based practice for over three decades through engaging with research councils, conducting studies, and publishing results. The Center for Nursing Research and Advanced Nursing Practice team consists of nurse scientists, clinical nurse specialists, and research coordinators whose mission is to build the capacity for nursing research and evidence-based practice. The team develops and supports building the body of science for nursing practice through generating evidence with research and translating the best evidence available into nursing practice. They have built a strong infrastructure to support new and experienced nurses wishing to engage in research. As one of their nomination letters states, and reviewers agreed, this group has clearly "elevated the practice of nursing through fostering an environment of questioning practice, seeking evidence to guide practice and protocols, and generating evidence at the grassroots level."

2017 Award Recipient

EBP- Providence

Providence Health Care

British Columbia, Canada

This award recognizes the leadership taken by our Professional Practice Office in promoting research engagement and evidence-based practice for all nurses in the organization. The award highlights the importance of programs like the Practice-Based Research Challenge and roles like Clinical Nurse Specialists in supporting EBP for point-of-care nurses.               

Providence Health Care is a Catholic health care organization. Their vision is: “Driven by compassion and social justice, we are at the forefront of exceptional care and innovation.” Their populations of emphasis include heart & lung, renal, mental health & addictions, specialized needs in aging, HIV/AIDS, and urban health. Their largest hospital, St Paul’s, located in the inner city and many of our patients are marginalized, including those who are homeless. To support their nurses to provide exceptional and innovative care, Providence Health Care initiated the Practice-Based Research Challenge program in 2011. The Research Challenge supports point-of-care nurses and other clinicians to lead practice-relevant research projects in their clinical setting. Now in its 7th year, the program has involved 500 clinicians, funded 70 teams, and led to 100 conference presentations, 9 manuscripts published, numerous practice changes, national funding, and multiple healthcare awards.  

2015 Award Recipient

Rona F Levin, PhD, RN

Clinical Professor and Director, DNP Program New York University College of Nursing New York, USA Alpha Omega Chapter #046 Upsilon Chapter #018

Dr. Levin is clinical professor and director, DNP Program at New York University College of Nursing. Previously, Dr. Levin held positions at Pace University, Lienhard School of Nursing from 2001 through 2011, including Project Director of the Joan M. Stout, RN Evidence-Based Practice Initiative, during which time she created shared appointments with two clinical agencies for the purpose of integrating EBP into the nursing services. Dr. Levin is also Professor Emeritus of Felician College, where she served as Director, Division of Nursing and then Director, The first and second editions of her book (co-edited by Dr. Harriet Feldman), Teaching Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing, published by Springer won American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Awards. In 2008. She received the Jesse M. Scott Award for exemplary integration of research, education and practice from the American Nurses’ Association.

Research Dissemination Award

2019 Award Recipient

Dr. Newman-2019 Research Dissemination Recipient

Kristine M. Newman PhD, RN, CRN(C)

Associate Professor
Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Ryerson University
Ontario, Canada

Dr. Newman has built a research program surrounding her expertise in gerontological nursing practice, and knowledge translation. Her knowledge dissemination involves an arts-based approach that makes research accessible and impactful to various audiences. Such projects include: Spare a Thought for Dementia campaign and Embody – Experiencing Dementia through New Media. There is also involvement with national and international professional bodies and dissemination in professional and research literature for further active dissemination and involvement at policy level. Her multiple dissemination methods are presented in helpful forms and packaged attractively.

2017 Award Recipient

Tribute- Dissemination

American Lymphedema Framework Project

University of Missouri Center for Lymphedema Research, Practice, and Health Policy
Missouri, USA

Recognition of the collaborative efforts of the American Lymphedema Framework Project steering committee and stakeholders is a heart-warming reaffirmation of the value of our work in making an impact on improving and disseminating evidence-based practice for persons with and at risk for lymphedema.      

The American Lymphedema Framework Project (ALFP) was founded in 2008 as the first invited national framework of the International Lymphedema Framework with the mission to improve management of lymphedema in the United States, while contributing to global international advancement. Through a continued partnership of patients, healthcare professionals, researchers, industry representatives, third-party payers, and advocates, the ALFP has established a leadership role in risk-reduction, treatment, education, and research of lymphedema management. ALFP teams published 10 systematic reviews examining levels of evidence for practice. Aggregation of clinical and research data through informatics infrastructures such as the ALFP minimum data set support development of practice-based evidence to guide lymphedema best practices. Innovations such as development and refinement of mobile devices for limb volume measurement and resource retrieval ("Look4LE") promise to improve management for persons with and at risk of lymphedema. The ALFP has made a major contribution toward moving the lymphedema field forward.

2015 Award Recipient

Sujatha Shanmugasundaram, PhD, RN, RM, MACN

Development of Palliative Care in India: An Overview Professor Victoria University Australia Eta Pi Chapter #182

Dr Sujatha Shanmugasundaram is a Lecturer (Nursing), Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. She is experienced in teaching, research, scholarship and clinical practice. She has done several publications in peer reviewed journals and she presented her research papers in national and international conferences. For the past two years, she has been serving as a Research Chair for the Eta Pi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International located at Wisconsin University in Oshkosh. Her contribution toward the development of at-Large chapter at Melbourne, Australia is enormous. She actively involves in recruiting the members and organizing professional development day in this chapter. She was successful with several grants and awards. In particular, she received an Edith Anderson Education Leadership Award in 2012. Currently, she involves in number of collaborative researches with international universities. Her areas of research interests were: aged care nursing, palliative care nursing, nursing issues, nursing research in both quantitative and qualitative research.

Research Dissertation Award

2019 Award Recipient

Dissertation- Alderden

Jenny Alderden PhD, APRN, CCRN, CCNS 

Pressure Injury Risk Among Critical-Care Patients
Assistant Professor Boise State University
Idaho, USA

Dr. Alderden’s research interest is in preventing complications among older critical care patients. Her paper demonstrates that a hospital-acquired pressure injury risk-assessment tool with acceptable specificity among ICU patients is acutely needed. Dr. Alderden conducted a systematic review to identify risk factors using a descriptive, longitudinal, correlational, retrospective design to investigate the relationships between Braden Scale and subscale scores and HAPI development among critical-care patients. Innovatively, a machine-learning approach was used to develop a model to predict HAPI risk among critical-care patients. This particularly robust study has the potential for transforming nursing interventions related to skin health among and beyond the ICU.

2017 Award Recipient

Jodi L. Sutherland, PhD, RN

Predicting Nurse Practitioners’ Intentions and Behaviors to Perform Routine HIV Screening
Clinical Assistant Professor
Binghamton University
New York, USA

The Dissertation Research Award recognizes scholarly contributions to nursing science and provides an opportunity to build a network of colleagues. The award supports the development of beginning researchers, like myself, and recognizes research focused on primary and secondary prevention of HIV/AIDS. I am honored to receive this award.                

Dr. Jodi L. Sutherland is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University, New York. She teaches community health and medical-surgical nursing in the undergraduate program. Dr. Sutherland has greater than 15 years of clinical experience working in both hospital and community settings, has disseminated research findings at national conferences, and has been published in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Sutherland earned her PhD degree in 2015 from Binghamton University. Her research interests focus on primary and secondary prevention related to HIV/AIDS and sexual violence. Dr. Sutherland is also the current treasurer of the Zeta Iota Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.

2015 Award Recipient

Kerry Ann Peterson, PhD, DNP, PMHCNS, PMHNP

An Evaluation of Two Dating Violence Prevention Programs on a College Campus Assistant Professor University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Colorado, USA Xi Phi Chapter #355

Dr. Kerry Peterson is an Assistant Professor at the Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS). She teaches in the MSN and DNP programs, and she is the coordinator of the MSN Nursing Education option. Dr. Peterson is a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Her clinical experience includes psychiatric inpatient, outpatient, residential, and home health settings. Dr. Peterson currently practices as a PMHNP at the University Counseling Center on the UCCS campus. She earned her DNP degree in 2010 from Shenandoah University and her PhD in Nursing in 2014 from Johns Hopkins University. Her research interests include prevention and interventions for intimate partner violence and mental illness. Dr. Peterson is also the current president of the Xi Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.