Newswise — Barbara Velsor-Friedrich, PhD, RN, has been selected for induction as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing. The induction will take place at the Academy’s 2014 Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference on Oct. 18, 2014, in Washington, DC. Dr. Velsor-Friedrich is a professor and the director of the doctoral program at Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (MNSON).

Dr. Velsor-Friedrich was named a fellow for her intervention programs designed to: improve asthma self-care in low-income minority children and teens; achieve asthma control and maintain healthy weight in minority teens; and enhance resilience to stress and violence exposure in low-income, urban African-American adolescents.

Selection for membership in the academy is one of the most prestigious honors in the field of nursing. The academy fellows represent more than 2,200 of the top nurse researchers, policymakers, scholars, executives, educators and practitioners from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 24 countries.

“I am honored to join this esteemed group of leaders in nursing and health care,” Dr. Velsor-Friedrich said. “I look forward to working with the fellows to further advance the profession of nursing in this changing health-care environment.”

Dr. Velsor-Friedrich will be among 168 fellows inducted in to the academy. Selection criteria included evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care and sponsorship by two current academy fellows. Applicants were reviewed by a panel of elected and appointed fellows, and selection was based, in part, on the extent to which nominees’ nursing careers influence health policies and well-being.

About the AcademyThe American Academy of Nursing ( serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis and dissemination of nursing knowledge. The Academy's more than 2,200 fellows are nursing's most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice and research. They have been recognized for their extraordinary contributions to nursing and health care.

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