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Research Program

Focus Area Advisory Panels

  • Develop AWHONN's research priorities
  • Select recipients for AWHONN grants program
  • Review and score annual convention program research abstracts
  • Mentor novice researchers

Research Advisory Panel

Since 2003, AWHONN has created advisory panels to serve as "think tanks" in a consultant-client model to the Board of Directors.  The Research Advisory Panel (RAP) members are appointed by the President of AWHONN through the Executive Office every year.



Research Advisory Panel responsibilities

  • Develop research priorities at AWHONN
  • Review and score research proposals submitted for research grant awards
  • Review and score research abstracts submitted for posters and presentations at the annual convention
  • Select a recipient for the Award of Excellence in Research



Panel Co-Chair

Holly B. Fontenot, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC


Panel Members

Jeanne Alhusen, PhD, CRNP, RN

Della Anne Campbell, PhD, APN-C, CNL, NE-BC

Debra Facello, RN-BC, PhD Perinatal Specialist

Patricia McCartney, PhD, RNC, FAAN

Jennifer B. Lemoine, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC

Corresponding Members

Ellise D. Adams, PhD, CNM

Laura Bernaix, PhD, RN

Tracy L. Brewer, DNP, RNC-OB, CLC

Lorraine Byrnes, PhD, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC,FAANP

Heidi Collins Fantasia, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC

Susan W. Groth, PhD, WHNP-BC, FAANP

Tiffany A. Moore, PhD, RN

Anna Marie Munoz, DNP, MPH, CNS-BC, RNC-NIC

Kathie Records, PhD, RN, FAAN

Christina Murphey, RNC-OB, PhD

Janet Trial, EdD, MSN, CNM

Lorraine Walker, RN, EdD, MPH

Susan L Wilhelm, RNC, PhD

Irene Yang, PhD, RN


Vice President of Research and Public Policy

Jacqueline Rychnovsky, PhD, RN, CPNP


Administrative Coordinator

Mark Arucan


NOTE: Applications for the Research Advisory Panel are open each September.  

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