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Research Program

Focus Area Advisory Panels

  • Develop AWHONN's research priorities
  • Select recipients for AWHONN grants program
  • Review and score annual convention program research abstracts
  • Mentor novice researchers

2016 Research Advisory Panel 

Since 2003, AWHONN has created advisory panels to serve as "think tanks" in a consultant-client model to the Board of Directors.  The Research Advisory Panel (RAP) members are appointed by the President of AWHONN through the Executive Office every year.


Research Advisory Panel responsibilities

  • Develop research priorities at AWHONN
  • Review and score research proposals submitted for research grant awards
  • Review and score research abstracts submitted for posters and presentations at the annual convention
  • Select a recipient of the Excellence in Research Award


2016 Panel Chair and Co-Chair

Holly B. Fontenot, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC

Panel Members

Ellise D. Adams, PhD, CNM

Laura W. Bernaix, PhD, RN

Mary Dawn Koenig, PhD, RN, CNM

Lorraine O. Walker, RN, EdD, MPH


Corresponding Members

Sue Ellen Abney-Roberts, DNP, RNC, C-EFM

Jeanne L. Alhusen, PhD, CRNP, RN

Rita Allen Brennan,  DNP, RNC-NIC, APN/CNS, CBC

Tracy L. Brewer, DNP, RNC-OB, CLC

Lorraine  Byrnes,  PhD, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, CNM

Dee Campbell, Ph-C, APN-C, NEA-BC, CNL

Debra S. Facello, RN-BC, PhD

Heidi Collins Fantasia, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC

Susan W. Groth, PhD, WHNP-BC, FAANP

Marianne H. Hutti,   PhD, WHNP-BC

Jennifer B. Lemoine,  DNP APRN NNP-BC

Stephanie Marfurt,  PhD, APRN-CNP, CNE

Patricia R. McCartney, PhD, RNC, FAAN

Christina Murphey, RNC-OB, PhD

Heather C. Quaile, MSN, WHNP (DNP Candidate)

Angela Schooley, MSN, RN

Jacqueline Stout-Aguilar,  RN, PhD

Janet Trial, EdD, CNM, MSN

Susan L Wilhelm, RNC, PhD

Kynna N. Wright, PhD, RN, MPH, CPNP



Administrative Coordinator

Iris Perry, MS


NOTE: Applications for the Research Advisory Panel are open each September. 

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