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Renowned Nursing Academic to Speak at Otterbein University's Master's Commencement

March 26, 2012

Photo of Ms. MelnykWesterville, OH— Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, an internationally recognized expert in evidence-based practice, intervention research and child and adolescent mental health, will speak at Otterbein University’s graduate degree commencement ceremony at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, in Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St.

Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk is the associate vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer and dean of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University. She also teaches pediatrics and psychiatry at Ohio State’s College of Medicine. She is an internationally recognized expert and consultant in evidence-based practice, intervention research and child and adolescent mental health. She has earned over $11 million of sponsored funding from federal agencies as principal investigator and over 180 publications. She is co-editor of four books, as well as the journal, Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing.

Dr. Melnyk is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the National Academies of Practice and recently served on the United States Preventive Services Task Force. She has received numerous national and international awards, including the Audrey Hepburn Award from Sigma Theta Tau International, the Jessie Scott Award from the American Nurses Association for the improvement of healthcare quality through the integration of research, education and practice, and the NIH/National Institute of Nursing Research’s inaugural director’s lectureship award. She has been recognized as an Edge Runner by the American Academy of Nursing for founding and directing the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners’ KySS child and adolescent mental health program and the COPE Program for parents of preterm infants. She was recently inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International’s Research Hall of Fame.

Dr. Melnyk earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from West Virginia University, master’s degree in nursing care of children and pediatric nurse practitioner from the University of Pittsburgh and doctorate degree in clinical research from the University of Rochester, where she also completed her post-master’s certificate as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

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