Jerilyn Allen, RN, ScD, FAAN, a professor and associate dean for research at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore, was the 2012 recipient of the Ada Sue Hinshaw Award from the National Institutes of Healths Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research. She accepted the award at the FNINR NightInGala in September in Washington, D.C.
“Dr. Allen has proven herself an extraordinary leader both within our university and nationwide, promoting nursing science through the conduct of her original research, her masterful leadership of interdisciplinary research teams, and the education and mentorship of future nurse scientists and clinicians,” Martha Hill, RN, PhD, dean of JHUSON, said in a news release.
Named for the first permanent director of the NINR, the award honors the sustained work of a nurse researcher whose science has been widely disseminated across disciplines. According to the release, Allen was recognized for her career-spanning, cross-disciplinary research, scholarship and mentorship in cardiovascular health, disease management, prevention and the promotion of evidence-based practice.
Allens research has tested and advanced patient-focused, community-based cardiovascular care. With continuous research funding since 1986, she has led multiple studies of cardiovascular risk factors, recovery and lifestyle modification in persons with, or at high risk for developing, cardiovascular disease.
“It is a great honor to have my program of research recognized through this award,” Allen said in the release. “The findings of this cross-disciplinary research have improved the cardiovascular health of individuals and communities and could potentially contribute to a reduction in cardiovascular disease-related morbidity, mortality and costs, if translated across primary care settings.”
Allen is continuing her contributions to closing gaps in knowledge about the effective application of risk-reduction therapies and factors that influence lifestyle changes, according to the release. As a member of the National Institutes of Health Coordinating Committee to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk, Allen is working through a cross-discipline collaboration to help translate the latest research-proven, risk-reduction interventions into community-based cardiovascular practice.