News Release

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

NINR welcomes three new members to the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) announced the appointment of three new members to the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research (NACNR), the institute's principal advisory board. Members of the council are drawn from the scientific and lay communities, embodying a diverse perspective from the fields of nursing, public and health policy, law, and economics. NINR, a component of the National Institutes of Health, is the primary federal agency for the support of nursing research.

The NACNR meets three times a year on the NIH campus to provide recommendations on the direction and support of the research that forms the evidence base for nursing practice. An important role of the council is to conduct the second level review of grant applications that have been scored by scientific review groups. In addition, the council reviews the institute's extramural programs and makes recommendations about its intramural research activities.

NINR Director Patricia A. Grady, Ph.D., R.N., is pleased to welcome the following new members

  • James Corbett, J.D., M.Div., is senior vice president of community health and values integration at Centura Health, a multi-state integrated health system and Colorado’s largest health care provider. He is also a fellow at Harvard Medical School, Division of Medical Ethics. Mr. Corbett’s research interests are at the intersection of health, law, and bioethics with a focus on health finance and the influence of large institutions on patient care and population health. Over the course of his career, Mr. Corbett has worked in four different health systems providing strategic and operational leadership for community health, behavioral health, ethics, spiritual care, diversity, mission and global health. In these roles, he established innovative programs using community health advocates, behavioral health navigators, and hospital housing partnerships to improve health care outcomes and reduce health care costs. Mr. Corbett has lectured at Harvard in Clinical Bioethics Courses and at the Maine School of Law and has been published in numerous books and journals.
  • Nancy Redeker, Ph.D., R.N., is a professor and director of the Biobehavioral Laboratory at Yale University School of Nursing, Orange, Connecticut. Her research focuses on understanding sleep and sleep disorders, their impact on function and quality of life, and the effectiveness of self-management of sleep problems. She is the principal investigator for the NINR-funded Yale Center for Sleep Disturbance in Acute and Chronic Conditions. Her work has been funded by NINR, the American Heart Association, the American Nurses Foundation, and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. She is the editor of Heart and Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care. She co-authored “Sleep Disorders and Sleep Promotion in Nursing Practice” the first textbook focusing on nursing practice related to sleep, which won a 2012 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award. Dr. Redeker is a past president of the Eastern Nursing Research Society and a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular Nursing.
  • Meredeth A. Rowe, Ph.D., R.N., is a professor and Lewis and Leona Hughes Endowed Chair for Nursing Science at the University of South Florida College of Nursing, Tampa. Her research centers on improving the lives of persons with cognitive impairments and their caregivers. Her research goals include helping persons with dementia stay in the home longer via interventions that reduce the likelihood of falls, nighttime injuries and unattended home exits; and developing interventions that assist caregivers in the constant vigilance and sleep deprivation required to care for persons with cognitive impairment. Dr. Rowe is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the Gerontological Society of America.

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