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HIV Researcher Inducted into American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Friday, July 10, 2009

Dianne C. Morrison-Beedy

Dianne C. Morrison-Beedy, Ph.D, W.H.N.P.-B.C., F.N.A.P., F.A.A.N.P, F.A.A.N., professor and assistant dean for research at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, was named a fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in June.

Selected by the Academy 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 – after observing 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 Nurse Practitioners’ fellows program recognizes nurse practitioner leaders who have made outstanding contributions to health care through clinical practice, research, education or policy. Forty seven individuals were selected this year.

 “I am honored to have been chosen for this distinction,” Morrison-Beedy said. “I look forward to working with other fellows to advance nursing and the mission of the AANP. Nurse practitioners provide quality, cost-effective health care. By developing leaders in this field, we have the ability to positively impact health outcomes and expand access to care.”

Morrison-Beedy, the Endowed Chair in Nursing Science at the University of Rochester, was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2008 and received the Excellence in HIV Prevention Award from the Association for Nurses in AIDS Care in 2005.

A resident of Victor, she received her doctorate from the University of Rochester in 1993.

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