Sigma Nursing honors Six Emerging Nurse Researchers and Scholars in 2023

Honorees will be recognized during Sigma’s 34th International Nursing Research Congress 

INDIANAPOLIS — The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) will recognize six emerging nurse researchers and scholars at Sigma’s 34th International Nursing Research Congress in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in July. The awardees represent six of Sigma’s global regions: Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, and Oceania.

Since 2015, the Emerging Nurse Researcher/Scholar Award has recognized early career nurse researchers and scholars from each of Sigma’s seven global regions whose research or scholarship has influenced the nursing profession and the people it serves. 

“On behalf of the International Board of Directors, staff, and membership of Sigma, I am thrilled to recognize these six outstanding emerging nurse researchers and scholars,” said Sigma President Kenneth Dion, PhD, MSN, MBA, RN, RCSI, FAAN. “These individuals are at the threshold of groundbreaking contributions to nursing research and knowledge. I am excited to witness the continuation and future impact of their important work.”

Sigma’s annual nursing research congress attracts approximately 800 nurse researchers, students, clinicians, and leaders focused on evidence-based research. The theme for the 34th International Nursing Research Congress is Connect Nursing Globally Through Research and Evidence Dissemination. To view details or register for the event, visit 

2023 Emerging Nurse Researchers/Scholars

Deborah Tolulope Esan, RN, RM, RPHN, BNSc, MPH, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Nursing Science, Afe Babalola University
Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria
Africa Region

Jojo Y.Y. Kwok, PhD, MPH, BNurs(1st Hons), RN
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Asia Region

Heidi Singleton, PhD, MA, BSc (Hons), RNC, AFHEA, PGCE
Children’s Nursing Academic
Bournemouth University
Bournemouth, England
Europe Region

Laila Ladak, PhD, MScN, BscN, RN
Associate Professor
Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery
Karachi, Pakistan
Middle East Region

William E. Rosa, PhD, MBE, NP-BC, FAANP, FAAN
Assistant Attending Behavioral Scientist
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, New York, USA
North America Region

Cliff J. Connell, Dr
Deputy Director Graduate Research
Monash University, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences, Monash Nursing & Midwifery
Melbourne, Australia
Oceania Region