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2011 NINR Director's Lecture: COPE: Improving Outcomes for Premature Infants and Parents

January 18, 2011 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Bethesda, MD


Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN, received the first-ever NINR Director’s Lectureship Award on January 18, 2011. This award was initiated as part of the year-long observation of the Institute’s first 25 years at the NIH.

At the time of the lecture, Dr. Melnyk was Dean and Distinguished Foundation Professor in Nursing at Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation. She is currently Dean of the Ohio State University College of Nursing.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Melnyk is an internationally recognized expert in theory-based intervention research and evidence-based practice as well as in child and adolescent mental health. She has worked with numerous healthcare systems throughout the nation and globe to advance and sustain evidence-based practice. Dr. Melnyk’s record of extramural research and educational funding, including grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, and HRSA totals more than 11 million dollars.

Through a series of 9 randomized controlled trials, she has supported the efficacy of her COPE intervention program in improving the outcomes of critically ill/hospitalized children and premature infants and parents, which has been adopted by hospitals and insurers throughout the U.S. Her current NIH-funded RO1 grant is a randomized controlled trial testing the efficacy of her COPE/Healthy Lifestyles TEEN program to prevent overweight/obesity and depression in 800 culturally diverse teenagers in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Melnyk’s record of scholarship includes over 150 publications, two books, and numerous distinguished awards for her contributions to improving children’s health, nursing and healthcare.

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