Richard Ricciardi, PhD, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN, is a Professor at The George Washington University School of Nursing. Prior to joining GW in 2018, Ric served as the Director, Division of Practice Improvement and the Senior Advisor for Nursing at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). At AHRQ, Ric’s research focused on ambulatory care practice improvements in the areas of teams, team-based care, outcomes measurement, treatment of acute and chronic pain, and improving patient safety practices. Prior to joining AHRQ in 2010, Ric served on active duty in the Army for 30 years and had numerous positions as a pediatric and family nurse practitioner, clinical scientist, and senior leader. In his last two positions on active duty, he served as chief of nursing research at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and director of research at the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. 

In addition to having experience in the clinical, research, educational, and health policy areas, Ric brings corporate governance expertise to the position of President-Elect. Ric has served as a member of the board of directors on community and national-level boards of many nonprofit corporations and associations. For example, he served as president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), president of the NAPNAP Foundation, chair of the Sigma Building Corporation, and treasurer and vice-president of Sigma. Ric maintains a part-time nurse practitioner practice at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He is honored to be elected as president-elect of Sigma and is excited to serve all members of Sigma over this biennium.