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Villanova University announces Diane L. and Robert F. Moritz Jr. Endowed Chair in Nursing Research


Professor Helene Moriarty, RN, PhD, is the inaugural appointee to the Villanova (Pa.) University College of Nursing’s first endowed faculty chair, which is named for its donors: The Diane L. and Robert F. Moritz Jr. Endowed Chair in Nursing Research.

Moriarty will conduct and teach research as well as serve as a resource for faculty and students. She has been a nurse researcher at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center for 20 years and has held faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and Villanova.

A prolific researcher and scholar, Moriarty has conducted interdisciplinary studies, many of which have focused on the physical and psychosocial health imperatives of veterans and their families. She is also a research methodologist.

“The chair reflects the university’s growing emphasis on faculty research that builds new knowledge within a faculty member’s field of inquiry and that also increases the capacity for interprofessional research collaboration,” Moriarty said in a news release.


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