Sigma Nursing Announces 2024 International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame Inductees

 Honorees will be inducted during Sigma’s 35th International Nursing Research Congress 

INDIANAPOLIS —Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) will induct 30 world-renowned nurse researchers into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame induction, conversations with the honorees, and special sessions showcasing their research will take place during the organization’s 35th International Nursing Research Congress in Singapore on Saturday, 27 July 2024. During the event, these individuals—representing Australia, Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, Taiwan, and the United States—will share experiences and words of wisdom from their illustrious careers.

“These inspiring, trailblazing nurse researchers embody the collective impact of nursing research on global healthcare,” said Sigma President Sandra C. Garmon Bibb, DNSc, RN, FFNMRCSI, FAAN. “On behalf of the International Board of Directors, staff, and Sigma members worldwide, I congratulate our International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame honorees and look forward to learning more about their diverse research journeys.”

This year marks the 16th presentation of the prestigious Hall of Fame honor. The 2024 inductees will join more than 300 previously inducted nurse researchers who have achieved significant and sustained national or international recognition and whose research has improved the profession of nursing and the people it serves. Since its inception, the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame presentation has been sponsored by Wiley. 

“Wiley is proud to sponsor the Hall of Fame award presentation and to continue our support for Sigma Theta Tau International and the global nursing profession. This award is vital in recognizing the world’s outstanding nurse researchers, and on behalf of everyone at Wiley, I congratulate the 2024 International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame honorees” said James Pearce, PhD, Associate Publisher, Health Sciences at Wiley.

Sigma’s annual nursing research congress attracts approximately 800 nurse researchers, students, clinicians, and leaders focused on evidence-based research. The theme for the 35th International Nursing Research Congress is Sharing Insights, Advancing Care: Disseminating Nursing Research and Evidence for the Future. To view details or register for the event, visit

2024 International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame Honorees

Jeanne Alhusen, PhD, CRNP, RN, FAAN
The University of Virginia Medical Center Professor of Nursing, Associate Dean for Research
The University of Virginia School of Nursing
Crozet, Virginia, USA

Marie Bakitas, DNSc, NP-C, AOCN, ACHPN, FPCN, FAAN
Professor, Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship
School of Nursing, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Niels Buus, PhD, MN, RN
Professor of Nursing
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Clayton Campus, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia; and
Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

Helen Yue-Lai Chan, PhD, RN, APN, FAAN, FHKAN
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong 

Marilyn Cruickshank, PhD, RN, FACN, FACICP, FISQua
University of Technology Sydney
Sydney, Australia

Susan L. Dunn, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN
University of Illinois Chicago
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Marion Eckert, PhD, MPH, MSN, Diploma of Applied Science (Nursing)
Director, Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre & Professor of Cancer Nursing
The University of South Australia
Adelaide, Australia

Robyn Gallagher, PhD, RN, FAHA, FESC, FAAN
Professor of Nursing, Northern Precinct Academic Director
Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery, The University of Sydney
Camperdown, Australia

Maureen George, PhD, RN, AE-C, FAAN
Columbia University School of Nursing
New York, New York, USA

Eileen Danaher Hacker, PhD, APRN, AOCN, FAAN
Professor, Chair
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, USA

Ronald Hickman, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FNAP, FAAN
Ruth M. Anderson Endowed Professor, Associate Dean for Research
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Kechinyere Iheduru-Anderson, DNP, RN, CNE, CWCN
Professor, Nursing Program Director
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, Michigan, USA

Cheryl B. Jones, PhD, RN, FAAN
Sarah Frances Russell Distinguished Professor
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Paule Valery Joseph, PhD, MBA, MS, FNP-BC, CTN-B, FAAN
Lasker Clinical Investigator
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland, USA

Eileen T. Lake, PhD, RN, FAAN
Edith Clemmer Steinbright Professor of Gerontology
Professor of Nursing and Sociology; Associate Director, Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Zohra Lassi, PhD
Associate Professor, National Health and Medical Research Council Emerging Leader Fellow
University of Adelaide
Adelaide, Australia

Christopher S. Lee, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, FHFSA
Barry Family/Goldman Sachs Endowed Professor
Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing
Chestnut Hills, Massachusetts, USA

Jung-Ah Lee, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN
Professor; Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging
University of California, Irvine, Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing
Irvine, California, USA

Sok Ying Liaw, PhD
Professor, Head of Nursing
National University of Singapore, Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies

Justina Yat Wa Liu, PhD, RN
Associate Professor
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hong Kong

Robert J. Lucero, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, FACMI
Professor of Nursing, Inaugural Audrienne H. Moseley Endowed Chair in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
University of California, Los Angeles, School of Nursing
Los Angeles, California, USA

Salimah H. Meghani, PhD, MBE, RN, FAAN
Professor of Nursing and Palliative Care, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Kelly A. Metcalfe, PhD, RN, FCAHS, FAAN, FCAN
Professor and Associate Dean, Research and External Relations, Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto; and Senior Scientist, Women’s College Research Institute
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Ratchneewan Ross, PhD, RN, FTNSS, FAAN
The University of Louisville School of Nursing
Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Loredana Sasso, MSN, RN, FAAN
Scientific Director of CERSI FNOPI in Rome
Professor of Nursing, Department of Health Sciences University of Genoa 
Genoa, Italy

Kathleen J. Sawin, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN
Nurse Scientist, Professor Emerita
Children’s Wisconsin and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Jeanne-Marie Stacciarini, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Dean for Community Engagement and Global Affairs
College of Nursing, University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida, USA

Angela Starkweather, PhD, ACNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN
Chamings Endowed Professor, Assistant Dean for Research Development
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida, USA

Heng-Hsin Tung, PhD, DNP, FNP, RN, Senior Fellow HEA
Distinguished Professor
Department of Nursing, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University
Taipei, Taiwan

Constance G. Visovsky, PhD, RN, ACNP, FAAN
Professor, Lewis and Leona Hughes Endowed Chair in Nursing
University of South Florida, College of Nursing 
Tampa, Florida, USA

About Sigma
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