Dr. Debra Lyon to be Inducted as Academy of Nursing Fellow
Debra Lyon, Ph.D., RN, FNP-BC, FNAP, professor and chair of the VCU School of Nursing’s Department of Family and Community Health Nursing, is one of 142 nurse leaders nationwide that will be inducted as Fellows during the American Academy of Nursing’s 38th Annual Meeting and Conference on October 15, 2011, in Washington, D.C.
“Selection for membership in the Academy is one of the most prestigious honors in the field of nursing,” said Academy President Catherine L. Gilliss, DNSc, RN, FAAN. “Academy Fellows are truly experts. The Academy Fellowship represents the nation’s top nurse researchers, policymakers, scholars, executives, educators and practitioners.”
The recipient of numerous awards, fellowships and honors, Dr. Lyon was selected based on her significant contributions to nursing and health care. She is the Collins-Teefey Distinguished Professor in the School of Nursing, where she has also conducted NIH-funded research in areas that include symptom management in women with breast cancer and complementary and alternative therapies for symptom management.
“We are extremely proud that Dr. Lyon’s commitment to nursing excellence is being recognized on a national level,” said Dean Nancy F. Langston, Ph.D., RN. “She is an outstanding example of the high caliber of faculty and researchers who are providing visionary leadership and guidance to ensure our students remain among the best trained nurses in the country.”
Dr. Lyon received her B.S.N., M.S.N. and Ph.D. from VCU’s School of Nursing and served as a post-doctoral fellow at the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health.