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Advisory & Expert Panels
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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

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 for the Award of Excellence in Research




2019 Chair
Jeanne Alhusen, PhD, CRNP, RN

2019 Panel Members

Ellise D. Adams, PhD, CNM
Tracy L. Brewer, DNP, RNC-OB, CLC
Heidi Collins Fantasia, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC
Lorraine Walker, RN, EdD, MPH
Irene Yang, PhD, RN


2019 Corresponding Members

Brenda Baker, PhD, RNC, CNS
Linda Bennington, PhD, MSN, RN
Rachel Breman, PhD, MSN, MPH, RN

Rita Brennan, DNP, APRN, RNC-NIC, CBC

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

Linda Cassar, DNP, RNC-OB, CNE

Diane DiTomasso, PhD, RN

Carmen Giurgescu, PhD, RN, WHNP
Allyssa Harris, RN, PhD, WHNP-BC

Kimberly N. Hughes, DNP, RNC-OB, CNS

Stacey E. Iobst, PhD, RNC-OB, C-EFM
Teresa Johnson, PhD, RN
Martha Levine, PhD, RNC-OB, C-EFM
Ruth Lucas, PhD, RNC, CLS

Elizabeth (Libby) Mollard, PhD, APRN-NP, WHNP-BC, IBCLC
Tiffany Moore, RN, PhD
Jinhee Park, PhD, RN

Kristen L. Srna, MSN, RN
Janet Trial, EdD, CNM, MSN


Staff LEAD
Jacqueline Rychnovsky, PhD, RN, CPNP

Administrative Coordinator

Mark Arucan


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

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