Newswise — (NEW YORK, NY, June 30, 2014) -- Columbia University School of Nursing congratulates associate professor Jacqueline Merrill PhD '06, MPH, RN, and assistant professors Jennifer Dohrn DNP '05, CNM, and Lusine Poghosyan, PhD, MPH, RN, on their selection as American Academy of Nursing (AAN) Fellows.

They join an elite group of Academy Fellows (FAAN) who are leaders in education, management, practice, policy, and research. Fellows hold a variety of influential positions in the nursing profession and their ranks include university presidents, chancellors, and deans; state and federal political appointees; hospital chief executives and vice presidents for nursing; and researchers and entrepreneurs. The three Columbia Nursing faculty will be among 168 nurse leaders inducted at AAN's 2014 Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference on October 18, 2014.

Merrill, director of the Laboratory for Informatics, Complexity and Organizational Study, holds an interdisciplinary appointment in Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University Medical Center. She is a public health nurse and health services researcher. Merrill is associate clinical director of the Center for Advanced Information Management, a program sponsored by the Empire State Develop Corporation to foster collaboration between academia and business. She received her PhD from Columbia Nursing and her MPH from Mailman School of Public Health.

Dohrn, director of the Office of Global Initiatives, focuses her research and clinical practice on nurse midwifery and improving the quality of patient care in Sub-Saharan Africa. She oversees collaboration with Columbia Global Centers and leads the Columbia Nursing WHO Collaborative Health Center for Advanced Practice Nursing. She previously served as program director for the Nurse Midwifery program and as project director for the ICAP Nurse Capacity Building Program/Nursing Education Partnership Initiative Coordinating Center at Mailman School of Public Health.

Poghosyan specializes in health policy and workforce issues, and her research investigates primary care nurse practitioner practice environments and how they affect the quality of care for patients with chronic diseases. In 2013, she was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar. She received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and her MPH from American University of Armenia.

Columbia University School of Nursing is part of the Columbia University Medical Center, which also includes the College of Physicians & Surgeons, the Mailman School of Public Health, and the College of Dental Medicine. With close to 100 full-time faculty and 600 students, the School of Nursing is dedicated to educating the next generation of nurse leaders in education, research, and clinical care. The School has pioneered advanced practice nursing curricula and continues to define the role of nursing and nursing research through its PhD program which prepares nurse scientists, and its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), the first clinical practice doctorate in the nation. Among the clinical practice areas shaped by the School’s research are the reduction of infectious disease and the use of health care informatics to improve health and health care. For more information, please visit: