The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International


Cathy Catrambone

Cathy Catrambone
Rush University, College of Nursing

Opening Plenary Session

Saturday, 28 October 2017

12:30-2:00 p.m. (1230-1400)

Influence to Advance Global Health and Nursing

Cathy Catrambone is the 2015-2017 president of Sigma Theta Tau International. Dr. Catrambone is an associate professor at Rush University College of Nursing. Currently, she teaches in the DNP and PhD programs with an emphasis on outcomes research, evidence-based practice, leadership development, and health policy. Her clinical background is in adult critical care. She is a pulmonary nurse expert and well known for her leadership and advocacy in promoting lung health, smoke-free living, and clean air. Funded by the Illinois Department of Public Health, her research focuses on asthma surveillance and system-level interventions to promote guideline recommended asthma care in the emergency department. She has presented her research at several national and international meetings and has published her work in peer-reviewed journals. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the Institute of Medicine of Chicago.


Therese Richmond

Therese S. Richmond
PhD, CRNP, FAAN, Episteme Laureate Award Recipient
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Plenary Session 2

Sunday, 29 October 2017

8:00-9:15 a.m. (0800-0915)

Life is Fragile: The Science of Injury, Violence, and Recovery

Dr. Richmond is the Andrea B. Laporte Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing and Associate Dean for Research & Innovation. Her research focuses on 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. Dr. Richmond serves on the Federal Advisory Committee to the Secretary for National Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030.


Patricia E. Thompson

Patricia E. Thompson

Elizabeth Madigan

Elizabeth Madigan

Plenary Session 3

Monday, 30 October 2017

8:00-9:15 a.m. (0800-0915)

The Values That Transcend Change

Patricia E. Thompson, EdD, MSN, RN, FAAN
Pediatric nurse, university administrator and past STTI president, Patricia E. Thompson, EdD, RN, FAAN, leads the honor society during a period of unprecedented global expansion. She directs the 135,000-member organization as it moves boldly to develop nurse leaders around the world.

Dr. Thompson became STTI’s chief executive officer from her position as associate dean for academic programs at the College of Nursing, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Her clinical career began as a pediatric staff nurse at Schumpert Medical Center in Shreveport, La., USA. In the early 1970s, she obtained her BSN from Northwestern State University (Natchitoches, La., USA), and an MSN in Pediatrics from the University of Alabama in Birmingham (Birmingham, Ala., USA). In the early 1980s, she returned to the classroom and earned her EdD in Higher Education Administration and a minor in Business Management from the University of North Texas (Denton, Texas, USA).

Elizabeth Madigan, PhD, RN, FAAN
Elizabeth Madigan, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the CEO Designate of STTI (effective 18 September 2017). For the past two decades, Dr. Madigan was an Independence Foundation Professor in Nursing Education at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

Director of the school’s Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Collaborating Center for Research and Clinical Training in Home Care Nursing, Dr. Madigan has extensive global experience, having served as a visiting professor at the Catholic University of Santiago, Chile, and a research grant reviewer for the Italian Ministry of Health Young Investigator Research Program. She recently reviewed the planned PhD program and curriculum for Haramaya University in Ethiopia.

Dr. Madigan is also a respected researcher. She has published numerous book chapters and research articles and presented at nursing conferences worldwide on interests including home healthcare issues, the use of technology to improve chronic disease outcomes, and international healthcare issues. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Wright State University, a Master of Science in Nursing from the Ohio State University, and a PhD in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University.