Associate Dean for Research Jeanne Alhusen has been elected to John Hopkins Society of Scholars, a 55-year-old association that honors Hopkins alumni who have achieved marked professional or scholarly distinction in their fields.
Alhusen—who earned a PhD in nursing from Hopkins—was nominated by School of Nursing Dean Sarah Szanton, a scholar of aging. Alhusen will be officially inducted at a June 13 ceremony.
Alhusen’s current investigations include a $2.1M NIH/NICHD-funded analysis of the reproductive care access and family planning experiences of women living with disabilities, and the impact COVID-19 has had on their exposure to violence, healthcare access, and unintended pregnancy. She also led a pilot study to assess a mindfulness program’s impact on pregnant women’s weight gain, stress level, and propensity to develop inflammatory stress markers in the postpartum period. Currently, she is part of funded projects that total more than $8 million.
Since her arrival at UVA in 2015, Alhusen has been repeatedly lauded for her scholarship, mentoring, and leadership. She’s overseen the School of Nursing’s undergraduate summer research internship program since 2017, closely mentored PhD students and chaired multiple dissertation committees, and been a leading voice at the local, regional, and national level through advocacy and in pursuit of her own scholarship. With nursing faculty, she led the effort to develop the School’s strategic Areas of Excellence to inform its recruitment efforts, establish partnerships at UVA and beyond, and influence the national and global discussion of health and healthcare.
Alhusen is an American Academy of Nursing Fellow, a board member of Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses the Women’s Initiative, and has been repeatedly lauded for her scholarly endeavors at UVA, by her alma maters, and by the nursing community at large. A board-certified family nurse practitioner, she earned a PhD from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, a MSN from Duke University, and a BSN from Villanova, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Medicine.