photo of Dr. Zenk Shannon N. Zenk, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN
Council Chair

Dr. Zenk is the Director of the National Institute of Nursing Research.

Elizabeth Tarlov, PhD, RN Elizabeth Tarlov, PhD, RN
Executive Secretary 

Dr. Tarlov is the Director of NINR's Division of Extramural Science Programs.
Robert L. Atkins, PhD, RN, FAAN Robert L. Atkins, PhD, RN, FAAN (2025)
Dr. Robert (Bob) Atkins is the acting dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University-Camden where he is an associate professor of nursing and childhood studies. Prior to this role, Bob served the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as national program director of New Jersey Health Initiatives a statewide grantmaking program of RWJF. Dr. Atkins is a former school nurse in the city of Camden and has spent his adulthood working to build healthier, more equitable and more resilient communities through service, scholarship, and education. Dr. Atkins has published in journals ranging from Research in Nursing & Health to Psychological Science to the Journal of Public Health Dentistry.

Daniel E. Dawes, JD Daniel E. Dawes, JD (2025)
Professor Dawes serves as executive director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine and a professor of health law, policy, and management. He is a health equity scholar, health policy expert, educator, and researcher whose work focuses on health reform, health equity, mental/behavioral health inequities, social and political determinants of health, and health system transformation. He is the author of two groundbreaking health policy books, 150 Years of ObamaCare and The Political Determinants of Health, both published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Professor Dawes is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and an elected fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.

Anne M. Fitzpatrick, PhD, RN, CPNP Anne M. Fitzpatrick, PhD, RN, CPNP (2025)
Dr. Fitzpatrick is a Professor of Pediatrics and Nursing at Emory University. Her research has established that pediatric asthma is more heterogeneous than previously thought, leading to varied responses to one-size-fits-all treatment approaches. She advocates for pediatric asthma patients and for “personalized” or “precision” medicine, through roles in national and international organizations. Her work on biomarker identification is leading to new and more effective ways to manage treatment-resistant pediatric severe asthma, which can improve healthcare outcomes and decrease healthcare costs.

Grayson N. Holmbeck Grayson N. Holmbeck, PhD (2024)
Dr. Holmbeck is professor of clinical psychology and director of clinical training in the Department of Psychology at Loyola University Chicago. His research interests include adaptation to physical disabilities and chronic illness during adolescence, developmental psychopathology of adolescence, family relationships during early and late adolescence, and statistical applications in psychology. He is currently a principal investigator supported by NIH and the Kiwanis Neuroscience Research Foundation for studies of youth and young adults with spina bifida. Dr. Holmbeck’s research focuses on self-management and the transition from pediatric to adult health care, as well as related family, psychosocial, and neuropsychological functioning. Additionally, his research examines the effectiveness of a camp-based independence program for children, adolescents, and young adults with spina bifida. Dr. Holmbeck was the editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology from 2013-2017, and he has earned multiple honors from Loyola University Chicago, Division 54 of the American Psychological Association, the Spina Bifida Association of America, and the Illinois Psychological Association.
Mallory O. Johnson Mallory O. Johnson, PhD (2024)
Dr. Johnson is a licensed clinical health psychologist at the University of California, San Francisco. His research has focused on understanding, measuring, and improving the health of patients with chronic diseases such as HIV. Dr. Johnson’s program of multidisciplinary collaborative research is focused on improving HIV treatment outcomes through patient empowerment. His teaching mission is primarily achieved through mentoring early career investigators. He is the co-director of the NIH-funded Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) and the director of the CAPS Developmental Core. In 2020, Dr. Johnson also took on the role of co-director for the UCSF Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), for which he oversees the Developmental Core.
Christopher Lee Christopher Lee, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, FHFSA (2024)
Dr. Lee is professor and the Associate Dean for Research at the Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing. As a cardiovascular nurse scientist, Dr. Lee has dedicated his career to better understanding heart disease and improving long term outcomes for patients and their families. He is known for his expertise in heart failure self-care, symptom science, and patient and care-partner dyadic research in chronic conditions, as well the application of advanced statistical methods. Dr. Lee’s research involving older adults with heart failure has been supported by grants from the NIH and the American Heart Association (AHA). Dr. Lee’s research on adults with heart failure has earned him multiple honors from the AHA, and he has been recognized as a leader in nursing science by the Heart Failure Society of America, the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research, and NINR.

Peter A. Lewin Peter A. Lewin, MSc, PhD (2023)
Dr. Lewin is R.B. Beard Distinguished University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering at Drexel University, Philadelphia. He is also Director of the Ultrasound Research and Education Center in The School of Bioengineering, Bioscience and Health Systems at Drexel University. His current interests are primarily in the field of biomedical ultrasonics including the design and testing of piezoelectric transducers and sensors, power ultrasonics, ultrasonic exposimetry, tissue characterization using nonlinear acoustics, biological effects of ultrasound, applications of shock waves in medicine and image reconstruction and processing. Dr. Lewin is elected Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is also a Fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, Acoustical Society of America, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and an Elected Fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering.

John Lowe John Lowe, RN, PhD, FAAN (2023)
Dr. Lowe is a professor and Joseph Blades Centennial Memorial Professorship Chair at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Lowe has developed and studies interventions for the prevention and reduction of substance use and other risk behaviors among Native American and Indigenous youth and young adults. These studies and other health programs are guided models that Dr. Lowe developed which include the Cherokee Self-Reliance, Native Self-Reliance, and Native-Reliance Models. Dr. Lowe also developed the first manualized Talking Circle evidence-based intervention to reduce substance use and other risk behaviors among Native American and Indigenous people. Dr. Lowe was the first Native American man to be inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
Cindy L. Munro Cindy L. Munro, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAAN, FAANP, FAAAS (2024)
Dr. Munro is dean and professor of the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, the coeditor in chief of the American Journal of Critical Care, and a board-certified adult nurse practitioner. Her extensive research on the relationship between oral health and systemic disease helped create new standards of care aimed at reducing pneumonia and other complications in ventilated intensive care patients. The holder of three patents, she is currently studying the prevention of ICU delirium. Inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame in 2016, Dr. Munro is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Elias Provencio-Vasquez Elias Provencio-Vasquez, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP (2024)
Dr. Provencio-Vasquez is a dean and professor at the University of Colorado College of Nursing. Over the past 35 years Dr. Provencio-Vasquez has been a clinician, educator, administrator, and researcher. Dr. Provencio-Vasquez is well known nationally and internationally for his work with “at risk women” and their families. He is an experienced neonatal and pediatric nurse practitioner. His background and expertise is in primary care and developmental assessments of HIV and drug/alcohol exposed infants, children, and adolescents. Dr. Provencio-Vasquez is a pioneer in creating innovative nursing approaches (home intervention) for mothers with substance use disorders and their children. Dr. Provencio-Vasquez has published and presented in numerous nursing, community, and interdisciplinary forums. He was the principal investigator on several research projects supported by the NIH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the STaR Program funded by the US Department of Labor. Dr. Provencio-Vasquez holds fellowship status in several prestigious national organizations: United States Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Program; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Developing Leadership and Reducing Substance Abuse; American Association of Colleges of Nursing Leadership for Academic Nursing Programs; Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive; American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and American Academy of Nursing.

Patricia W. Stone, PhD, RN, FAAN Patricia W. Stone, PhD, RN, FAAN (2025)
Dr. Patricia Stone is the Centennial Professor in Health Policy at Columbia University School of Nursing. Stone directs the School of Nursing’s Center for Health Policy and the NIH funded Center for Improving Palliative Care for Vulnerable Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions. Stone’s research aims to enhance the quality of care for vulnerable adults, including preventing healthcare-associated infection and improving infection management and end-of-life care. Her program of research has contributed to policy changes like state and federal legislative mandates that hospitals report infections. Dr. Stone’s passion is teaching the next generation of nurse scientists how to lead interdisciplinary research teams that generate knowledge, influence health policy, and improve patient and population health.

Joanne Wolfe Joanne Wolfe, MD, MPH (2023)
Dr. Wolfe is the Vice Chair of Development in the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care and Faculty Vice President of Faculty Development at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She is a Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. In addition to providing clinical pediatric palliative care, Dr. Wolfe directs a research program focusing on easing suffering and promoting wellbeing in children with serious illness and their families and co-directs the Pediatric Palliative Care Research Network. She has received grant funding from the American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute and NINR.   

Ex Officio:

Lawrence A. Tabak Lawrence A. Tabak, DDS, PhD
Dr. Tabak is performing the duties of the NIH Director. He assumed this role on December 20, 2021. Dr. Tabak has served as the Principal Deputy Director and the Deputy Ethics Counselor of NIH since August 2010. He previously served as the Acting Principal Deputy Director of NIH (2009), and prior to that as Director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research from 2000-2010.

Sheila Sullivan, PhD, RN
Dr. Sullivan is the Director of Research, Evidence Based Practice, and Analytics for the Veterans Affairs Central Office of Nursing Services. Dr. Sullivan’s program of research focuses on aging veterans in recuperative care, and she is co-investigator on a study of missed nursing care in long term care facilities for Veterans. She completed her BSN at Harding University, MSN at the University of Virginia, and her PhD from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.