By Kelly Brooks-Staub
“Facilitating the collaboration of multiple disciplines to enrich science and promote the translation of research findings into practice is an exciting challenge and important part of my role,” says Jerilyn K. Allen, ScD, RN, FAAN. A leading researcher in cardiovascular nursing and medicine, Allen has been named the M. Adelaide Nutting Professor in Nursing Research at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.
“It is particularly meaningful for me to occupy this endowed chair established in honor of such an esteemed Hopkins nurse,” says Allen, who currently serves as a professor and associate dean for research at the school. She also holds joint appointments at both the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. As the Nutting Professor, Allen’s role will be to bridge disciplines and foster transprofessional research collaborations among faculty and students within the three schools and with the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
“Dr. Allen is an eminently qualified scholar, researcher, and educator and is the ideal choice for this prestigious position,” says Dean Martha N. Hill, PhD, RN, FAAN. “She exemplifies the characteristics we sought in a Nutting Professor.”
The M. Adelaide Nutting endowed chair and professorship—the first and only school chair funded solely through the contributions of Hopkins Nursing alumni—was named for one of the pioneers in nursing education at Johns Hopkins and in the nation. Says Allen: “It is my goal to continue her legacy of leadership and excellence in my role as a scientist, scholar, educator and mentor of the next generation of nurse scientists.”