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Maureen Kelley

New Fellows

Maureen Kelley PhD CNM FACNM and Ashley Darcy Mahoney PhD RN NNP-BC will be inducted as 2015 fellows of the American Academy of Nursing in October. Kelley, clinical professor of nursing, has enjoyed a distinguished career in maternal and newborn health. She is a coinvestigator with the Maternal and Newborn Health in Ethiopia Project and directs the African Health Profession Regulatory Collaborative for Nurses and Midwives. She also collaborates on a project to improve reproductive health in Russia and leads the annual service-learning program for students in Jamaica

Darcy Mahoney is an assistant professor, neonatal nurse practitioner, and researcher who seeks to improve early childhood outcomes for preterm infants, most recently through language interventions. She plays a lead role in Talk With Me Baby, a collaborative campaign in Georgia that coaches parents to talk more with their infants and trains nurses about the importance of social interaction with babies in and outside of the womb. She is also a newly named Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholar.

Dian Dowling Evans PhD FNP-BC and Terri Marin PhD NNP-BC were inducted as 2015 fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Evans is a second-career nurse who serves as the specialty coordinator for the nursing school’s Emergency Nurse Practitioner program. She was one of the first nurse practitioners to obtain board certification as an ENP and currently serves as chair-elect of the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners. She holds a joint appointment in emergency medicine at Emory University Hospital, where she continues to practice.

Marin joined the nursing school in 2012 and helped establish the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program, the only program of its kind in Georgia, in 2013. Her research examines tissue oxygenation changes in premature infants receiving packed red blood cell transfusions. Her research led to the discovery that blood transfusions may increase the risk of necrotizing enterocolitis, a leading cause of death in premature infants.

Another faculty member was inducted as a 2015 fellow of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). MaryJane Lewitt PhD CNM serves as clinical assistant professor and cocoordinator of the nurse-midwifery specialty at Emory. Lewitt’s research interests include the practice of nurse-midwifery, advanced practice nursing, and interdisciplinary collaboration with a focus on quality and safety.  Previous honors include the ACNM’s 2000 Kitty Ernst Award for outstanding contributions to the nurse-midwifery profession.



The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses honored Ann Rogers PhD RN FAAN with its Pioneering Spirit Award for her research on staff nurse fatigue and transformative impact on patient safety. Rogers was the first to document the adverse effects of nurse work hours on patients, nurses, and public safety, and her studies serve as a model for research in nursing practice and policy. She holds the Edith Honeycutt Chair in Nursing and serves as director of graduate studies at the School of Nursing. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Angela Amar PhD RN FAAN received the Excellence in Practice and Policy Award from the Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International for her role in developing interventions and health policies to support women and children who experience violence. Amar is a psychiatric nurse practitioner known for her work on campus sexual assault. Her studies focus on traumatic experiences associated with violence and sexual assault, mental health responses to trauma, and forensic nursing. She also serves as assistant dean for undergraduate education at the School of Nursing.


Dean Linda McCauley 79MN PhD RN FAAN FAAPHN took part in the recent White House Public Health & Climate Change Summit to provide communities with the tools and information they need to mitigate the impact of climate change on health. McCauley is part of a coalition of deans from 30 medical, nursing, and public health schools around the country working to ensure that future health professionals are trained to recognize, prevent, and treat health problems resulting from climate change.

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