Feb. 18, 2013
JoEllen Wilbur, PhD, APN, FAAN
, professor and associate dean for research at Rush University College of Nursing, has been named to the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. The International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame recognizes STTI members who are nurse researchers; who have achieved significant and sustained broad national and/or international recognition for their work; and whose research has impacted the profession and the people it serves. The 2013 International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame award presentation will take place July 25, 2013 in Prague, Czech Republic at STTI's 24th International Nursing Research Congress.
Wilbur’s research into physical activity intervention for women has been continuously funded since the 1990s through grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health, other governmental agencies and private foundations. She pioneered studies of physical activity behavior change interventions for middle-aged women before the national focus on women’s health. Wilbur is the author of over 100 referred publications in national and international journals. In addition to her national presentations, she has presented internationally in Israel, United Kingdom, Korea, Ireland and Brazil.
Wilbur has provided research consultation and support to countless graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and junior fellows, many of whom have received NIH funding. In her present role as associate dean for research at Rush University College of Nursing and Independence Foundation Chair in Nursing, Wilbur is an effective mentor and facilitator of research for the faculty. In this leadership role, she institutes mechanisms to enhance the research productivity of the entire college. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the National Organizations of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Research Award, a Distinguished Alumni Award for Marquette University Nursing Alumni Association, the University of Illinois College University Scholars Award and the Distinguished Contribution Award by the Midwest Nursing Research Society. Wilbur is also a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the Institute of Medicine of Chicago.