HIV Prevention Researcher Inducted into Academy of Nursing

January 20, 2009

Dianne C. Morrison-Beedy, Ph.D, W.H.N.P.-B.C., F.N.A.P., F.A.A.N., professor and assistant dean for research at the University of Rochester School of Nursing

Dianne C. Morrison-Beedy, Ph.D, W.H.N.P.-B.C., F.N.A.P., F.A.A.N., professor and assistant dean for research at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, was recently inducted into the American Academy of Nursing.

Selected by the Academy’s 15-member fellow selection committee for her outstanding achievements in the nursing profession, Morrison-Beedy is known for her research in HIV awareness and prevention. In 2004, she launched the Health Improvement Project for Teens (HIP Teens) – a small-group intervention with girls ages 15 to 19 – when she observed a lack of services specifically for that population. The community-based research program works with adolescent girls from Rochester and surrounding towns to reduce girls’ risk and improve their knowledge, motivation and behavior skills.

Morrison-Beedy is also co-director of the Clinical Core at the University of Rochester’s Developmental Center for AIDS Research which seeks to raise the overall quality and quantity of HIV/AIDS research.

The American Academy of Nursing’s approximately 1,500 Fellows are all nursing leaders in education, management, practice and research. She was nominated to join their ranks by colleague Harriet Kitzman, Ph.D., R.N., associate dean for research and evidence-based practice at the School of Nursing.

“Dianne’s contributions to the field have been tremendous,” said Kitzman. “Her work, specifically with HIV risk reduction and adolescent girls, will have positive outcomes for so many young women. These girls have bright futures, and Dianne is empowering them to make smart choices that will protect their potential and their health.”

Morrison-Beedy received the Excellence in HIV Prevention Award from the Association for Nurses in AIDS Care in 2005 and the Distinguished Nurse Researcher Award from the New York State Nurses Association in 2004 for her work with HIV in adolescent girls.

A fellow in the National Academies of Practice, she also has been a national faculty mentor for the Maternal Child Health Leadership Academy since 2007. This leadership development experience is designed to prepare and position nurses and nurse midwives to influence practice and patient outcomes. It is a program presented by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, in partnership with Johnson and Johnson, Inc. 

Morrison-Beedy received her doctorate from the University of Rochester in 1993.

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