Monday, June 13, 2016

University of Virginia Professor Receives National Nursing Association’s Excellence Award
Dr. Jeanne L. Alhusen Accepts AWHONN Award for Research

Washington, DC, June 13, 2016 – The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) today presented its 2016 Award of Excellence in Research to Jeanne Alhusen, PhD, FNP, RN, for her excellence in nursing research and continued innovation in the delivery of care for women and their families. The award was presented at the AWHONN national Convention in Grapevine, Texas.

Each year, AWHONN presents its Award of Excellence in Research to an AWHONN member who demonstrates a history of conducting grant funded research, publishes research in peer-reviewed journals, reflects AWHONN goals and standards in their contributions to research, and demonstrates clinical applications of research.

Dr. Alhusen is an associate professor and the assistant dean for research at the University of Virginia, School of Nursing.  Her ongoing research focuses on maternal mental health and its relationship to developmental outcomes in young children. With more than 20 years of clinical experience, Dr. Alhusen is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and has dedicated her career to addressing the special needs of families living in poverty.

“Dr. Alhusen’s research into the correlation between maternal mental health and its effects on early childhood outcomes is critical,” said AWHONN’s Chief Executive Officer, Lynn Erdman, MN, RN, FAAN. “Through her mentorship and research, women in need will be able to access available health resources and nurses will gain the tools they need to assist women whose health may be affected by mental illness.”

A long time AWHONN member and past recipient of the March of Dimes Dr. Margaret Comerford Freda “Saving Babies, Together®” Award, Dr. Alhusen is widely published in the area of maternal mental health. She is an invited speaker at international and national conferences and she serves as a member of the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Obstetrics Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN).

Dr. Alhusen earned her Bachelor’s in Nursing Science from Villanova University; her Masters in Nursing Science from Duke University; and her PhD from Johns Hopkins University.  She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Medicine.

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Since 1969, the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) has been the foremost authority promoting the health of women and newborns and strengthening the nursing profession through the delivery of superior advocacy, research, education, and other professional and clinical resources. AWHONN represents the interests of 350,000 registered nurses working in women’s health, obstetrics, and neonatal nursing across the United States. Learn more about AWHONN at