Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from West Virginia University, her Master of Science degree with a specialization in nursing care of children and pediatric nurse practitioner from the University of Pittsburgh and her PhD in clinical research from the University of Rochester where she also completed her post-master’s certificate as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She is a nationally/internationally recognized expert in evidence-based practice, intervention research, child and adolescent mental health, and health and wellness, and is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences on these topics.
Dr. Melnyk has led the EBP movement in nursing for the last two decades and consulted with hundreds of healthcare systems and colleges throughout the nation and globe on how to improve quality of care and patient outcomes through implementing and sustaining evidence-based practice. Her record includes over $33 million of sponsored funding from federal agencies and foundations as principal investigator and over 400 publications. She is co-editor of seven books, including Evidence-based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare: A Guide to Best Practice (4th Ed), and Implementing the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Competencies in Healthcare: A Practical Guide for Improving Quality, Safety, and Outcomes; both American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award winners.
Dr. Melnyk is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Nursing, the National Academies of Practice, and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She served a four-year term on the 16-member United States Preventive Services Task Force and the National Institutes of Health’s National Advisory Council for Nursing Research. She currently serves as a member of the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Behavioral Health Standing Committee. Melnyk is editor of the journal, Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing, a board member of the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, and a member of the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-being and Resilience.
Dr. Melnyk has received numerous national and international awards, including the Audrey Hepburn Award, Mary Tolle Wright Excellence in Leadership Award, the International Nursing Research Hall of Fame Award from Sigma Theta Tau International, the Jessie Scott Award from the American Nurses Association, the Midwest Nursing Research Society Senior Scientist award, the NIH/National Institute of Nursing Research’s inaugural director’s lectureship award, and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Lifetime Achievement Award. She also has been recognized as an Edge Runner three times by the American Academy of Nursing for founding and directing the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners’ KySS child and adolescent mental health program, her COPE Program for parents of preterm infants and critically ill children, and her COPE programs for decreasing depression/anxiety and improving healthy lifestyle behaviors in children, teens and young adults.
Dean Associate VP for Health Promotion Chief Wellness Officer
The Ohio State University College of Nursing
Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk is currently the Associate Vice President for Health Promotion, University Chief Wellness Officer, and Professor and Dean of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University. She also is a professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at Ohio State’s College of Medicine. Dr. Melnyk earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from West Virginia University, her Master of Science degree with a specialization in nursing care of children and pediatric nurse practitioner from the University of Pittsburgh, and her PhD in clinical research from the University of Rochester where she also completed her post-master’s certificate as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She is a nationally/internationally recognized expert in evidence-based practice, intervention research and child and adolescent mental health, and is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences on these topics. Dr. Melnyk has consulted with hundreds of healthcare systems and colleges throughout the nation and globe on how to improve quality of care and patient outcomes through implementing and sustaining evidence-based practice. Her record includes over 19 million dollars of sponsored funding from federal agencies as principal investigator and over 250 publications. Dr. Melnyk is co-editor of four books, including Evidence-based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare: A Guide to Best Practice, Implementing EBP: Real World Success Stories, A Practical Guide to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Screening, Early Intervention and Health Promotion, and Intervention Research: Designing, Conducting, Analyzing and Funding. A Practical Guide for Success, an American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award. Dr. Melnyk is an elected fellow of the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Nursing, the National Academies of Practice, and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She served a four-year term on the 16-member United States Preventive Services Task Force and currently serves as a member of the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Behavioral Health Steering Committee, the National Institutes of Health’s National Advisory Council for Nursing Research, and the Centers for Disease Control Laboratory Best Practices Workgroup. Dr. Melnyk also serves as editor of the journal, Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing, and is a board member of U.S. Healthiest and the National Guideline Clearinghouse and the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse.
Dr. Melnyk has received numerous national and international awards, including the Audrey Hepburn Award, Mary Tolle Wright Excellence in Leadership Award, Research Hall of Fame 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, the 2012 Midwest Nursing Research Society Senior Scientist award, the NIH/National Institute of Nursing Research’s inaugural director’s lectureship award, and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Lifetime Achievement Award. She also has been recognized as an Edge Runner twice 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 her COPE Program for parents of preterm infants.
Dr. Melnyk recently founded the National Interprofessional Education and Practice Collaborative to advance the Department of Health and Human Services’ Million Hearts initiative to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. She also created and chaired the first National Summit on Building Healthy Academic Communities in April of 2013 that drew over 300 leaders from 93 Universities and colleges across the U.S. and founded the National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities, a collaborative effort to improve population health in the nation’s institutions of higher learning.
Lynn Gallagher-Ford is senior director and clinical core director of the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare, and clinical associate professor, College of Nursing, all at The Ohio State University, where her work is dedicated to research, education and consultation focused on the development, promotion, integration, implementation and sustainability of evidence-based practice in both academic and clinical settings.
Dr. Gallagher-Ford’s clinical background in maternal-child health and nursing administration spans 30 years. She served in a variety of roles ranging from bedside clinician to chief nursing officer, in which she gained extensive experience and expertise in teaching and implementing evidence-based practice in real-world clinical settings.
Dr. Gallagher-Ford is currently active as a consultant, facilitator and keynote presenter at national and international conferences and education programs. She co-edited the book Implementing the EBP Competencies in Healthcare: A Practical Guide for Improving Quality, Safety & Outcomes. Her publications include co-authorship of multiple studies that have had a dramatic impact on the current body of knowledge about evidence-based practice and influenced strategic imperatives to address new challenges. She also contributed as a lead author in the American Journal of Nursing EBP Series, which received the Sigma Theta Tau Publication Award for 2011.
She serves as assistant editor of Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing and is the editor of the column “Implementing and Sustaining EBP in Real-World Healthcare Settings,” which features best evidence-based strategies and innovative ideas on how to promote and sustain evidence-based practices and cultures in clinical organizations.
Dr. Gallagher-Ford’s research is focused on the science behind evidence-based practice, with particular focus on the influence of nurse leaders and contextual issues.
She was inducted into the National Academies of Practice and the Nursing Academy as a Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow in 2013 and the American Academy of Nursing as a fellow in 2017.
Dr. Tucker is also Grayce Sills Endowed Professor and DNP Nurse Executive Track Director at The Ohio State University College of Nursing. As a board (ANCC) certified adult psychiatric mental health clinical nurse specialist and behavioral researcher, Dr. Tucker studies interventions to promote health and wellness, prevent disease, and reduce stress and risks among families, particularly among working mothers and children. Her interventions include environmental strategies, cognitive behavioral interventions, and motivational interviewing, which she teaches and studies.
Dr. Tucker is a recognized expert in evidence-based practice (EBP), implementation science, and quality improvement. She served as director of research, EBP and quality for two Magnet-designated, large hospitals in academic medical centers (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Mayo Clinic) for 15 years prior to joining OSU in 2017. Research and EBP outcomes were recognized by the Magnet surveyors as exemplary for both hospitals. Dr. Tucker led her team at the University of Iowa (UI) Hospitals and Clinics in the writing of a successful competitive application for the prestigious Magnet Prize, which was awarded in 2014 for their legacy work in EBP. In partnership with the UI College of Nursing, they were also awarded recognitions for collaborative partnerships by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in 2014 and the Midwest Nursing Research Society in 2017.
Dr. Tucker developed and published the Evidence-Based Practice Self-Efficacy Scale in 2009, and since tracking its use beginning in 2013, the scale has been requested over 1340 times coming from 30 countries. She is co-author of two books on EBP, one published in 2008 titled Evidence-based nursing care guidelines: Medical-surgical interventions (St. Louis, MO: Mosby Elsevier) and one just published titled Evidence-based practice in action: Comprehensive strategies, tools and tips from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (Indianapolis: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing). She has written multiple papers and chapters on EBP and implementation aimed to advance safe, high quality clinical nursing care.
Dr. Tucker earned her BSN from the College of Saint Teresa in Winona, Minnesota, a MSN from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, and her PhD in Nursing from Rush University in Chicago. She is an alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program (2007 Cohort) and was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2014. In addition to her research and teaching responsibilities, she has been on the Board of Directors for the Midwest Nursing Research Society since 2015 and currently serves as treasurer. She is the associate editor of Worldviews in Evidence-based Nursing; a member of the Advisory Board for Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare 4th Edition (Melynk & Fineout-Overholt); and appointed member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of School Nursing. She regularly reviews conference abstracts, grants, and manuscripts for several interdisciplinary and nursing journals.
Dr. Zellefrow is also an Assistant Professor of Practice at The Ohio State University College of Nursing. As Director of the Academic Core, Dr. Zellefrow has traveled the world presenting, teaching, consulting and collaborating with faculty about various aspects of EBP in academia and practice. She is actively engaged in research and publishing about various aspects of EBP, including EBP teaching, integration and competency. In addition to articles on various aspects of EBP, Cindy is a contributing author to several textbooks about EBP, and has created online interactive EBP education resources for several textbooks as well. Her research interests include various aspects of EBP in both academic and clinical settings as well as wellness in newly graduated nurses. As faculty in the OSU College of Nursing, she teaches EBP, mentors faculty around EBP integration, and has led re-imagination of the EBP courses and EBP integration across curricula. Her clinical practice background includes 15 years in adult ICU, ED and critical care transport and 15 years in school nursing.
Dr. Hoying is also Assistant Professor of Practice and MINDSTRONG Director, both at The Ohio State University College of Nursing. A behavioral intervention researcher, Dr. Hoying studies interventions to promote overall health and well-being, promote mental resilience, and reduce stress, anxiety, and depression principally among college-age young adults, health professionals, and adults. Her interventions include cognitive behavioral interventions with a focus on cognitive behavioral skills building techniques, which she teaches and studies. Presently serving as Co-Investigator in a NIH-funded RO1, she is a recognized expert in cognitive behavioral research and trains professionals nationally to deliver the evidence-based program, MINDSTRONG.
Dr. Hoying is a senior executive leader with 25 years in healthcare administration serving in a variety of high level diverse leadership experiences including chief nursing officer, health system executive, and administrative lead for evidence-based nursing practice and research. As an executive nursing leader, she led the team in a successful competitive application for the coveted designated Magnet Recognition Award for Excellence in Nursing Service (Awarded by American Nurses Credentialing Center –ANCC). In addition, Dr. Hoying led a high-performing team to pursue evidence-based practice and receive trauma designation, becoming the First Level III Trauma designated hospital in the state of Ohio.
Dr. Hoying has published in peer reviewed journals and has presented nationally and internationally on cognitive behavior research. She regularly reviews manuscripts for several peer-reviewed journals and conference abstracts. Dr. Hoying earned her BSN from Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, a MS from The Ohio State University, and a PhD in Nursing from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.
Dr. Hoying is enthusiastic about her role as Director of the Consumer Core. She has served as a leader in delivering evidence-based health care and meeting consumer expectations for care as well as translating research to evidence-based practice for consumers.
Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare
John is the web developer for the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare. In his role, he manages all facets of the web presence for Fuld Institute for EBP at the College of Nursing. He has been at the university since 2017 and with the Fuld since 2019.
Kristen is Program Coordinator for the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare. In her role she coordinates the immersions for the Fuld Institute for EBP, attends conferences representing the Fuld Institute for EBP and the College of Nursing. Kristen has been at the university since 2017.
Victor M. Montori, MD is a Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic. An endocrinologist and health services researcher, Dr. Montori is the author of more than 600 peer‐reviewed publications and is among the top 1% of researchers with most cited papers in clinical medicine worldwide in the last decade. He is a Senior Advisor in the Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement at the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research of the US Government. He also serves in the Editorial Advisory Board of the BMJ, and as Director of Late Stage Translational Research at the Mayo Center for Clinical and Translational Science. He is a recognized expert in evidence‐based medicine and shared decision making, and developer of the concept of minimally disruptive medicine. He works in Rochester, Minnesota, at Mayo Clinic's KER Unit, to advance person‐centered care for patients with diabetes and other chronic conditions. He recently published the book Why We Revolt – a Patient Revolution for Careful and Kind Care.
Chief Health Officer SAS Institute
Member, NC House of Representatives
Gale Adcock describes herself as a nurse by grace, a North Carolinian by choice and a politician by necessity.
She received a BSN from ECU and an MSN from UNC Chapel Hill. In addition to being a primary care clinician, she is a writer, national speaker, advocate and activist. She is adjunct faculty at Duke, East Carolina University and UNC-Chapel Hill. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
Adcock is Chief Health Officer for global software company SAS Institute where she leads a 58 member staff to deliver free primary care to 14,000 SAS employees and family members of all ages. Adcock’s multidisciplinary team consistently helps SAS stay in Fortune’s annual 100 Best Places to Work and saves the company $8 Million a year in avoided medical claims costs.
Adcock served 7 years on the Cary Town Council before running in a competitive race for the NC House in 2014. She is now serving her third term. She is the first advanced practice registered nurse ever elected to the North Carolina General Assembly.
Representative Adcock has been recognized by the NC League of Conservation Voters for her pro-environment record, by Democracy North Carolina for transparency in campaign finance reporting, as a ‘Champion for Health’ by the NC Alliance for Health and as the 2017 ‘Legislator of the Year’ by the NC Nurses Association.
She is recognized as a common sense leader, a health care expert and a local government advocate who successfully works across the aisle.
Jennifer Dean is an EBP Coordinator at the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare. She graduated from The Ohio State University with her Doctorate of Nursing Practice as an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP). She has eight years of acute care nursing experience that ranges from medical-surgical to neurological critical care. She is board certified as an AGACNP and currently practices full time in a medical ICU in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to her work in Ohio, she was a staff nurse in central Florida and was devoted to moving EBP forward within her organization through nursing shared governance. She is a facilitator for the Fuld Institute for EBP immersions. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). Her goal is to continue to foster the spirit of clinical inquiry in those she works with and educate others on EBP.
Dr. Connor is also Assistant Professor of Clinical Practice at The Ohio State University College of Nursing. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston in May 2017, earning a nursing PhD with a focus in health policy. She has over 40 years of acute care experience in both pediatric and adult critical care, emergency room trauma, and perioperative nursing. Prior to moving to Columbus, Ohio, she was a nurse at Boston Children's Hospital in the Perioperative Program. She mentored staff nurses in evidenced-based practice (EBP), professional advancement, and performed pre-anesthesia chart reviews for day-surgery patients. She is a facilitator for the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare immersions. Linda is an adjunct faculty for the graduate nursing program at Rasmussen College.
Linda is a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA), Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), and the Society of Pediatric Nursing (SPN). Her previous areas of research include pediatric sedation, quality care, and family-centered care. For the past 18 years, Linda has educated staff nurses and student nurses about the EBP process. More recently, Linda and a colleague developed an instrument for measuring nurses’ knowledge, values and implementation of EBP. The results of this work have been published in the Journal of Nursing Education and Practice 2016 and Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing 2017. This instrument was included in her dissertation for further psychometric testing in association with health policies. Her current goal is to expand her research in the areas of EBP and policy.
Deputy Chief Nursing Officer
Memorial Sloan Kettering
Kevin P. Browne MSN, RN, CCRN, has been a nurse for 31 years. A member of the Executive Nursing Leadership Team at Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) in New York City, Kevin is the Deputy Chief Nursing Officer and is responsible for the integration of practice, quality and education for 3000 + Registered Nurses. Previous to this position, Kevin was the Director, Critical Care and Pediatric Nursing Services at MSK; Nurse Leader, Cardiac Surgical Services at Maimonides Medical Center (MMC); Cardiothoracic Clinical Nurse Specialist at MMC; Critical Care Educator at New York Hospital (NYH); and Staff Nurse, Cardiothoracic Surgical Recovery NYH.
Kevin achieved a BS with a major in Nursing from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center School of Nursing in 1987 and an MS in Nursing from Columbia University School of Nursing in 1992. He is licensed in New York State as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice at St. Peter’s University. Kevin is certified by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Kevin resides in Brooklyn with his 2 children.
Administrator HS Nursing Quality/Research/Education/EBP
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
As Administrator for Health System Nursing at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Dr. Buck has oversight for nursing quality, research, EBP and nursing education, across 5 hospitals in the health system. As the Chief Nursing Officer for University Hospital and the Department of Medical Surgical and Women and Infants, Dr. Buck has oversight for the nursing practice and clinical operations for the departments. Her clinical background resides in Maternal–Child Health and Nursing Administration, where she has served in a variety of roles ranging from staff nurse, assistant professor, director of nursing, to nursing administrator in various medical settings. Recently, Dr. Buck was the director of nursing for the women and infants department. In this role, she successfully implemented family center maternity care in the department and led her team to successful Ohio Department of Health Maternity Licensure surveys. Prior to this role, she served as director of nursing for the clinical research center (CRC), where she led the nursing team that provided nursing support to researchers for study implementation and data collection. In her current role, Dr. Buck leads an innovative, professional team of medical surgical and women and infants nursing. In her health system role, she collaborates with nurse leaders across the medical center to monitor, maintain and continuously improve nurse sensitive quality indicators (NDNQI), promote nursing research and EPB, and provide optimal educational opportunities for staff. She has experience in leading research and nursing evidence based practice solutions across the health system. Dr. Buck is a member of ANA, AONE, CGEAN, OONE and Sigma Theta Tau International: Epsilon Chapter.
Jinhong Guo is the biostatistician for the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare. In her role, she provides statistical support of study design, statistical analysis, and manuscript preparation to researchers at the Fuld Institute for EBP. Jinhongreceived her PhD in psychology from University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2016 and received her Master of Applied Statistics at The Ohio State University in 2019. Jinhong joined the College of Nursing in April, 2019.
Nursing Excellence and Research Coordinator
Mississippi Baptist Medical Center
Tina Magers has over 36 years of experience as an RN in roles ranging from a critical care nurse to nursing instructor. The last seventeen years Tina has worked in nursing professional development in a community based acute care hospital in a variety of roles. She currently is board certified in nursing professional development, has a graduate certificate in evidence-based practice, and holds a doctorate in nursing education and administration. She enjoys her roles at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, MS, as the Nursing Excellence and Research Coordinator and delights in opportunities to mentor others in evidence-based practice. She leads and coordinates the journey to excellence for Magnet® designation at her hospital. Tina led their journey to success in 2017 as the first hospital in Mississippi to achieve this recognition and she was recognized as the Nurse of Year in her organization.
Professional Development Nurse Specialist
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Dr. Opperman has worked in professional development for 30 years and held faculty positions for over 20 years. She is the EBP Coordinator at Nationwide Children’s Hospital where she teaches and mentors others on the EBP process. She has mentored and been part of the CTEP and now the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare immersion team since the beginning.
Casey is Business Manager for the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare. In his role, he manages all business and financial matters representing the Fuld Institute for EBP at the College of Nursing. Casey has been at the university since 2015.
Mount Carmel College of Nursing, Columbus, OH
Dr. Kathleen Williamson PhD, MSN, RN, is the Academic Dean at Mount Carmel College of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Williamson is the Chief Academic Officer of the College. Her primary responsibilities are for the overall leadership of academic programming, including student academic support, student life, and developing innovative academic programming. She provides oversight and guidance to direct and facilitate a culture that encourages student and faculty engagement that breaks down educational silos. She is resourceful in finding inventive ways to integrate technology and evidence-based practice (EBP) with healthcare professionals and educators through community partnerships, workshops, and coursework. She is enthusiastic, creative, energetic, and passionate about teaching and researching topics such as technology in nursing education and the integration of EBP in academic and clinical settings. Dr. Williamson continues to work with a variety of healthcare disciplines in incorporating the best evidence in order to influence health policy, improve patient outcomes, and disseminate evidence to advance the practice across all healthcare settings.
Rebecca is the Executive Assistant to Bern Melnyk, Executive Director of the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare. In her role, she provides high-level support of activities and communications related to the Fuld Institute for EBP. Rebecca received a bachelor’s degree in Human Development from Cornell University in 2006. She has been at The Ohio State University since 2011 and received her Master’s degree in Public Administration from OSU’s John Glenn College of Public Policy in 2013. She joined the College of Nursing in August 2019 after serving as program coordinator for the Translational Data Analytics Institute.
Clinical Policy Oversight Manager
Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora, CO
Kathleen is the Clinical Policy Oversight Manager at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She has been a Pediatric Nurse for over 30 years and is passionate about ensuring that all frontline staff have access to evidence based policies and procedures. When policies and procedures are easy to find, easy to read and easy to follow, patients get the best possible care.
Director of Nursing EBP
Memorial Sloan Kettering Comprehensive Cancer Center
Nancy G. Houlihan is the Director of Nursing, EBP at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) in New York. She has been a certified oncology nurse for over thirty years, with particular expertise in evidence-based management of cancer treatment and disease-related side effects and care of cancer survivors. In her current role she has partnered with the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for EBP in implementation of an extensive program at MSK to ensure the delivery of evidence based care across the organization. Ms Houlihan has lectured internationally and published extensively about the evidence-based care standards for people with cancer and organizational system design for best practices in care of survivors.
In addition to being the Cochrane Affiliate for the Fuld Institute for EBP, Dr. O’Mathúna is also an Associate Professor in The Ohio State University College of Nursing and Associate Professor in the School of Nursing & Human Sciences at Dublin City University, Ireland. His degrees are in pharmacy and ethics, with research interests focused on both evidence-based practice (EBP) and healthcare ethics. His EBP activities have focused on systematic reviews with the Cochrane Collaboration, and he was director of Cochrane Ireland from 2014 to 2017. He has conducted systematic review training in Ireland, the UK, and the USA, and is co-author on a number of systematic reviews in the Cochrane Library. His ethics research has focused on disasters and humanitarian crises, most recently being co-editor of Disasters: Core Concepts and Ethical Issues (Springer 2018). Dr. O’Mathúna is the Principal Investigator on funded research projects examining research ethics in the context of disasters and humanitarian crises. He has contributed to ethics initiatives and guidelines with the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the UN agency for disaster risk reduction (UNISDR). As the director of a new virtual Center for Disaster & Humanitarian Ethics, he is developing practical tools and support strategies to facilitate ethical reflection within evidence-generation activities in humanitarian and disaster settings. He has spoken and published widely, including peer-reviewed articles in The Lancet, Bioethics, BMC Medical Ethics, Journal of Evidence-Based Medicine, and Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing.
Susan designs and develops projects and programs to support the core operations of the Fuld Institute for Evidence-based Practice including large, long-term and multilevel projects, national events, international agreements, and new programs. She also coordinates continuing education (CE) for Fuld Institute for EBP programs and marketing. Susan received a bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish with a minor in Political Science from Capital University. She has two master’s degrees from The Ohio State University, the first in Cultural Anthropology and the second in Higher Education and Student Affairs. She has been with The Ohio State University in various roles for most of her professional career and at the Fuld Institute for EBP since 2015.
Adult Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
Sinai Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Amanda Shrout, MSN, RN, CCNS, CEN is an Adult Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist currently covering the ED, ICU and Psychiatry at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Amanda is certified as an Acute and Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist and in Emergency Nursing. Amanda has over 10 years of nursing experience ranging from a bedside clinician to nursing administration. She is passionate about spreading evidence-based practice across health systems and has worked with the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare since 2015.
Director of Health System Nursing Quality and EBP
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Ruth Labardee is the Director of Health System Nursing Quality and Evidence-Based Practice at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) and an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University College of Nursing. Her professional background includes nursing policy development, nursing education and maternal newborn nursing. Ruth is committed to ensuring that “the evidence” is considered whenever nursing practice decisions are made.
Dr. Gorsuch is also Assistant Professor of Practice at The Ohio State University College of Nursing and a retired Colonel from the United States Air Force (USAF) with 28 years of service in numerous clinical and leadership positions. She has also served as the Associate Director of Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive for the Dayton Veteran’s Administration (VA) Medical Center. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has recognized Dr. Gorsuch as a Content Expert in Evidence-based Practice (EBP) and she has earned the designation of Evidence-based Practice Certificate (EBP-C) holder from the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification. From 2014-2017, she was adjunct faculty for Wright State University College of Nursing and served on their Academic and Strategic Planning Board. She is the Primary Investigator on an EBP TriService Nursing Research Grant entitled: “Impact of Formal Education on Evidence-based Practice Competence of Nurse Teams.” In 2018, Gorsuch achieved Fellow status by attaining her FACHE credential through the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Kara is the Administrative Associate for the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare. In her role, she is the first point of contact and resource for callers and visitors to the Fuld Institute for EBP. Kara organizes schedules, travel, and conference attendance and keeps daily operations running smoothly. Kara has been at the university since 2018.
As Chief of Strategic Partnerships, Laurel builds relationships to advance the College of Nursing and the university’s health and wellness efforts at the local, state, national, international levels. Through this work, she enables students, faculty, and staff to have ever greater influence on the education, research, and business of nursing and health and wellness. She was instrumental in the College receiving a $6.5 million gift to endow the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute in Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare; forging the university’s partnerships with national non-profits such as Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, STOP Obesity Alliance, Women’s Heart Alliance, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Million Hearts® initiative; expanding the college’s nurse practitioner-led clinic OSU Total Health & Wellness, including its incorporation of tele-healthcare technology, and securing long-term sustainability funding; and building business collaborations with national and international health-focused companies. A proud graduate of The Ohio State University, Laurel was also a Fulbright Scholar at Justus Liebeg Universitaet Giessen in Germany, and earned her Master’s Degree at UCLA. She has worked with Dr. Melnyk for more than 12 years at Arizona State University (2005-2011) and Ohio State (2011 – present).
Associate Professor in the College of Nursing
Sacred Heart University, CT
Kerry Milner, DNSc, RN is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut where she teaches evidence-based practice in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. Her area of expertise is cardiovascular critical care and evidence-based practice/quality improvement processes. She has published her results from numerous research studies and EBP-QI in nursing and other healthcare journals.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing Assistant Dean for Baccalaureate Programs
The Ohio State University College of Nursing
Wendy Bowles serves in the role of the Assistant Dean for Baccalaureate Programs at The Ohio State University. She has embraced evidence-based practice since her early days as a nurse over twenty years ago and subsequently as a nurse practitioner. She began her journey in nursing education in 2005 and realized the importance of educating future nurses for current practice environments relying on the most current evidence for decision making. She is committed to advancing the science of evidence-based pedagogies of teaching and learning in nursing education. Her research includes work with alternative pedagogies, curricular development, and student engagement. She has presented her work both nationally and internationally in the form of podium and poster presentations and engages on a regular basis with the Fuld Institute for Evidence-based Practice to assist educators and practitioners through learning the evidence-based practice process.
Haley previously worked as a Research Assistant in the Children’s Cognitive Research Lab under Heidi Kloos for three years at the University of Cincinnati. She holds a BS in Neuroscience (Neurobiology) from the University of Cincinnati. Currently, she works alongside Dr. Sharon Tucker, Implementation Science Core Director, as her Project and Administration Coordinator.
Dr. Zadvinskis earned her PhD in Nursing Science from The Ohio State University after receiving her MSN, Nurse Practitioner with a focus on adult health, primary care from Wayne State University and BSN from Michigan State. Dr. Zadvinskis’s nursing career began with serving patients in the surgical step-down and surgical ICU settings. She has worked as a Nurse Practitioner in primary care and pre-admission testing. In her clinical educator role, she promoted evidence-based practice and the Magnet™ accreditation process.Dr. Zadvinskis has mentored teams of interprofessional staff conducting evidence-based practice projects and nursing research in hospital settings. Inga’s dissertation work explored contributing factors to patient safety and adverse events in the hospital setting. She has numerous publications related to patient safety, safe patient handling and mobility, and health information technology. Dr. Zadvinskis is delighted to be part of the Fuld Institute for EBP interprofessional team that promotes evidence-based interventions to improve health and quality outcomes.
Associate Director Nursing Education & EBP
The Ohio State University James Cancer Center & Wexner Medical Center
Colleen O’Leary has over 25 years of oncology nursing experience. She graduated from The Ohio State University College of Nursing for her BSN and Loyola University Chicago for her MSN. She has been certified as an Advanced Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist from the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation. Trained as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, her current position is Associate Director of Nursing Education for The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute and Associate Director of Evidence –Based Practice for The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. She is widely published and has presented on a variety of oncology nursing and evidence-based practice topics locally, nationally and internationally.
Director Professional Development
AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center
Dr. Nancy Powell is the Director of Professional Development at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, a member of Geisinger, located in Southern New Jersey. Dr. Powell ‘s 40 plus years of nursing experience include nurse midwifery, nursing education, and professional development. In her role, she strives to infuse, support, and sustain a culture of EBP through mentoring staff to increase their EBP knowledge and skills to improve outcomes.
Bindu is the Technology & Research Coordinator for the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare. In her role she coordinates the technology needs for all the Fuld Institute for EBP programs including clinical and academic immersions. She helps with design, development and management of the online programs offered through the Fuld Institute for EBP and the maintenance and design of the e-learning website. She also provides support to conduct research projects related to EBP, including planning, implementation, and evaluation of each project.
Cindy Beckett is directing efforts at the Fuld Institute for EBP to implement a transdisciplinary value-based certificate in Evidence-Based Practice.
Dr. Beckett has been a nurse for over 38 years. During that time, she has worked in many roles from staff nurse, charge nurse, manager, director, educator, faculty, and researcher. Her research focus has involved rural and underserved communities and populations using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies: Description of Neonatal Outcomes in Substance Abusing Women; Navajo Children and Families Living with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)/Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE); Collaborative Communication: Integrating SBAR to Improve Quality/Patient Safety Outcomes; The Effects of Massage Therapy on Pain Management in the Acute Care Setting; Comparison of Apnea Detection by Pulse Oximetry Versus Capnography; Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: A Native American Journey to Prevention; Reduction of Hospital Readmissions for Patients with Previously Identified Malnutrition; Flinn Foundation Grant (Paired studies): 1-Precision Population Health Management: Integrated Paired Proposals for Personalized Transitional Medicine for Native American Populations in Northern Arizona, 2-Precision Population Health Management: Integrated Paired Proposals for Personalized Transitional Medicine for Hispanic and Anglo Populations in Northern Arizona, and Cognitive-Communication Screening and Early Rehabilitation for Adults with mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
Dr. Beckett has mentored and supported students, medical and nursing residents, healthcare providers and researchers across the spectrum of experience in clinical research and EBP for over 18 years. She is an expert mentor for Evidence-Based Practice; teaching graduate students at Arizona State University, The Ohio State University College and Nursing and immersion students through the Center for Transdisciplinary Evidence-Based Practice (CTEP), now FULD, on EBP change projects to improve practice and patient outcomes, and to demonstrate value added strategies that also produce strong return on investment (ROI).
Dr. Beckett served as the Northern Arizona Healthcare (NAH) coordinator for THRIVE (Translating Health Research Initiatives for Population Health) collaborations between clinicians and researchers across NAH and Northern Arizona University (NAU) for 5 years. In this role, she matched clinicians with researchers to respond to requests for proposals from intermural and extramural funding sources. She managed research/EBP funds for pilot/preliminary studies focusing on population health, and patient outcomes research.
Dr. McNett’s research centers on care of critically ill patients after neurological injury. In her work, she has led funded, multi-site, national trials and routinely participates in international trials with diverse research teams. She is widely published in peer reviewed journals, has authored several evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, and presents nationally on research and evidence-based care for patients after devastating neurological injuries.
Dr. McNett also leads international, interdisciplinary guideline development groups in critically synthesizing the research literature to generate meaningful practice recommendations for several professional organizations. She has over a decade of experience working with leadership teams in health systems to apply research findings and EBP recommendations to practice and create infrastructures for ongoing monitoring of outcomes. Dr. McNett has led numerous interdisciplinary task forces to integrate key components of research, evidence-based practice, and quality improvement initiatives into healthcare settings.
Dr. McNett’s work has earned her several awards including fellowship distinction from the Neurocritical Care Society, the Ohio Nurse of the Year Award for Research, Excellence in Performance from Sigma Theta Tau International, multiple Presidential Citations from the Neurocritical Care Society, several writing awards, and consecutive recognitions for exemplar programs of research and EBP from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program. Dr. McNett remains passionate about clinically based research, eliminating disparities in healthcare and research, and applying best evidence to improve patient and organizational outcomes.
Director Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Arlene S. Bierman is director of AHRQ’s Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement, which consists of the Evidence-based Practice Center Program; the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Program; the Division of Decision Science and Patient Engagement; the Division of Health Information Technology, Division of Practice Improvement and the National Center for Excellence in Primary Care Research. Dr. Bierman is a general internist, geriatrician and health services researcher, whose work has focused on improving access, quality and outcomes of healthcare for older adults with chronic illness in disadvantaged populations. As a tenured professor, she held appointments in health policy, evaluation and management; public health; medicine and nursing at the University of Toronto, where she was the inaugural holder of the Ontario Women's Health Council Chair in Women's Health, and as a senior scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael's Hospital. She received her medical doctorate from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead Fellow. She completed fellowships in outcomes research at Dartmouth Medical School, and community and preventive medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She also served as an Atlantic Philanthropies Health and Aging Policy Fellow/American Political Science Foundation Congressional Fellow.
Division Chief of Ambulatory Pediatrics
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Alex R. Kemper will be division chief of ambulatory pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and professor of pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine beginning August 1, 2017. Dr. Kemper completed his pediatric residency training at Duke University, follo wed by combined fellowship training in health services research and medical informatics with residency training in preventive medicine at the University of North Carolina. In 2000, Dr. Kemper joined the faculty at the University of Michigan, where he devel oped an active research program evaluating the delivery and outcomes of preventive services. In 2006, Dr. Kemper returned to Duke University, where he expanded his work related to pediatric preventive services, serving as Chair of the Condition Review Work group for the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children and as a consultant to Bright Futures. Dr. Kemper is also a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. In 2011, he joined the executive editorial board of Pediatrics and developed a new section for the journal focusing on quality improvement. In 2013, he was appointed deputy editor of Pediatrics . In addition to these activities, Dr. Kemper has a long track record of mentorship, both within his institution and in partnership with the Academic Pediatric Association, where he serves as co - director of the Research Scholars Program.