May 30, 2019
Recognition earned for impactful cognitive-behavioral skills building program

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) has honored Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN as an Academy Edge Runner designee for her successful cognitive-behavioral skills building intervention programs. This is the third Edge Runner honor for Melnyk.

Melnyk, who serves as vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer, and dean of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University, created her programs to improve both mental and physical health outcomes in children, adolescents and college students through early intervention strategies. Research shows that one in every four children, teenagers and college-aged youth suffers from a mental health disorder, yet fewer than a quarter of them receive any treatment. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death in 10- to 34-year-olds.

“Although the numerous studies that I have conducted across more than two decades have shown that my cognitive-behavioral skills building programs are effective in treating depression and anxiety,” said Melnyk, “my dream is that these programs are heavily used in schools, community settings and universities across the U.S. and the globe as a preventive intervention strategy to curb the rapidly-escalating and high prevalence of mental health problems and suicide in children and youth.”

More than 12,000 children and youth of all backgrounds have benefitted in 44 states and five countries that have implemented Melnyk’s program. Outcomes include lower rates of depression, anxiety, and suicidal intent, higher levels of healthy lifestyle behaviors and improvement in academic outcomes.

The AAN stated that the Academy Edge Runner honor recognizes “nurse innovators who have charted a new course and ushered in remarkable improvement to major healthcare challenges at every level … Melnyk’s program is transforming the way students think about their own mental health while learning lifelong strategies for healthy living.”

Melnyk’s cognitive-behavioral skills building intervention is the basis for the College of Nursing’s MINDSTRONG program, a seven-week, evidence-based intervention with a goal of reducing stress and improving resiliency and self-protective factors for overall well-being. MINDSTRONG is being rolled out to students at Ohio State and will soon be made available for faculty, staff and their families.

July 05, 2018

The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) has selected three The Ohio State University College of Nursing faculty members, Carmen Giurgescu, PhD, RN, WHNP; Carolynn Thomas Jones, DNP, RN, MSPH; and Heather Tubbs Cooley, PhD, RN, to be inducted into its 2018 class of Academy Fellows.

The inductees will be honored at a ceremony being held during the AAN's annual policy conference, “Transforming Health, Driving Policy,” Nov. 1-3, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

“I am delighted to recognize this outstanding class of nurse leaders as Academy Fellows,” said Academy President Karen Fox, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Along with the rest of the fellowship, I look forward to celebrating their array of talents and impressive accomplishments at our policy conference, and then working with them to apply our collective knowledge to transforming health policy.”

Giurgescu, Jones and Tubbs Cooley will be inducted as Academy Fellows along with 192 other highly distinguished nurse leaders. With the addition of this new class, the total number of Academy Fellows stands at over 2,500.

“Selection into the Academy is one of nursing’s very highest honors; less than .1 percent of nurses make it into the Academy,” said Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer and dean of the College of Nursing, in praise of the college’s new inductees. She added that with 27 Fellows now at the College of Nursing, “nearly 50 percent of our tenured/tenure track and regular clinical faculty are Fellows of the AAN.”

Representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 29 countries, Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing are nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy and research. AAN Fellows include hospital and government administrators, college deans and renowned scientific researchers.

Fellow-selection criteria include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and healthcare and sponsorship by two current AAN Fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel comprised of elected and appointed Fellows, and selection is based in part on the extent the nominee's nursing career has influenced health policies and the health and well-being of all. 

The 2018 Class of Academy Fellows from Ohio includes: 

  • Celeste Marie Alfes, DNP, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE-A - Case Western Reserve University
  • Carmen Giurgescu, PhD, RN, WHNP – The Ohio State University
  • Carolynn Thomas Jones, DNP, RN, MSPH – The Ohio State University
  • Deborah G. Klein, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, FAHA - Cleveland Clinic
  • Deborah F. Lindell, DNP, MDN, RN, CNE, ANEF - Case Western Reserve University
  • Polly Mazanec, PhD, ACNP-BC, AOCN, ACHPN, FPCN - Case Western Reserve University
  • Mary Elizabeth Modic, DNP, APRN-CNS - Cleveland Clinic
  • Sharon L. Oetker-Black, PhD, JD, RN, ANEF - Walsh University
  • Heather Tubbs Cooley, PhD, RN – The Ohio State University 
  • Allison R. Webel, PhD, RN - Case Western Reserve University
July 20, 2017

The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) has selected three The Ohio State University College of Nursing faculty members, Michele Christina Balas, PhD, RN, CCRN-K, FCCM; Lynn Gallagher-Ford, PhD, RN, NE-BC, DPFNAP; and Janine Overcash, PhD, GNP-BC, FAANP, to be inducted in its 2017 class of Academy Fellows.

The inductees will be honored at a ceremony being held during the AAN's annual policy conference, Transforming Health, Driving Policy, Oct. 5-7, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

“I am proud to welcome this talented cohort of nurses as they join the ranks of the nation's foremost healthcare thought leaders," said AAN President Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. "They bring a rich variety of expertise to the table, and we look forward to recognizing their accomplishments at our policy conference, and then working with them to transform health policy, practice and research by applying our collective nursing knowledge." 

Balas, Gallagher-Ford and Overcash will be inducted as AAN Fellows along with 170 other highly distinguished nurse leaders. With the addition of this new class, the total number of AAN Fellows stands at over 2,500. Representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 29 countries, the Fellows are nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy and research. AAN Fellows include hospital and government administrators, college deans and renowned scientific researchers.

Fellow selection criteria include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care and sponsorship by two current AAN Fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel comprised of elected and appointed Fellows, and selection is based, in part, on the extent the nominees' nursing careers have influenced health policies and the health and well-being of all.

The 2017 class of AAN Fellows from Ohio include: 

  • Michele Christina Balas, PhD, RN, CCRN-K, FCCM - The Ohio State University
  • Lynn Gallagher-Ford, PhD, RN, NE-BC, DPFNAP - The Ohio State University
  • Scott A. Hutton, PhD, MBA, RN - Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Janine Overcash, PhD, GNP-BC, FAANP - The Ohio State University
  • Melissa Ann Stec, DNP, APRN, CNM, FACNM - University of Cincinnati
May 22, 2017

The Ohio State University College of Nursing Associate Professor Timothy Landers, Phd, RN, CNP, CIC, FAAN, is currently the featured nurse leader on the American Academy of Nursing Website. Landers, a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, was recently awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant to teach and conduct research in Ethiopia. 

May 15, 2012

A record number of College of Nursing faculty members from The Ohio State University have been selected for induction into the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) on Oct. 13, 2012. Becoming a fellow in the Academy is a highly competitive process and recognizes individuals who have achieved notable national impact in the field.

The four inductees are Margaret Graham, PhD, FNP, PNP, associate professor and associate dean for advanced practice and community partnerships; Pamela Salsberry, PhD, professor and director of the PhD program; Barbara Warren, PhD, professor of clinical nursing; and Jeanne Ruiz, PhD, an associate professor starting at the college on July 1, 2012.

According to AAN, Fellows are nursing leaders in education, management, practice and research. They include association executives, university presidents, chancellors and deans, state and federal political appointees, hospital chief executives and vice presidents for nursing, nurse consultants, and researchers and entrepreneurs. Academy Fellows also have a responsibility to contribute their time and energies to AAN and to engage with other healthcare leaders outside the Academy in transforming America's healthcare system by enhancing the quality of health and nursing care nationally and internationally.

More information is available at aannet.org/fellows.