• Dr. Ora Strickland is a nationally recognized leader in women’s health, minority health, and nursing measurement. Not only has Dr. Strickland won nine American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year awards, but she is one of the original founders of the National Institute of Nursing Research.

    Her field of research includes the world-renowned Women’s Health Study. Her cutting-edge findings inform evidence-based practice and millions of women and families around the world by providing foundational knowledge in women’s health, genetics and quantitative measurement.

    Prior to her tenure at FIU, Dr. Strickand was a Professor at Emory University where she became the first person to hold an endowed professorship in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

    She joined Emory as the inaugural recipient of the Independence Research Chair, which made her the first nursing professor to hold an endowed professorship at the university. She is credited with conducting the nation’s first study on symptoms of expectant fathers and was the Emory site principal investigator for the Women’s Health Initiative, which studied 168,000 post-menopausal women nationally for nine years. She was the inaugural recipient of the Mary Elizabeth Carnegie Award in 2010 and delivered Emory’s Distinguished Faculty Lecture in 2011.

    After 22 years at Emory, Dr. Strickland became Dean of the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Florida International University.

    Dean Strickland is the founding editor and served as senior editor of the Journal of Nursing Measurement for 20 years. She has been on a plethora of prestigious editorial boards and panels, including Advances in Nursing Science, Research in Nursing and Health, Nursing Outlook, Journal of Professional Nursing, Scholarly Inquiry for Nursing Practice: An International Journal, Encyclopedia of Nursing Research, Health Care for Women International, Nursing Leadership Forum, and the American Journal of Public Health.

    Dr. Strickland has made research innovations in the field of measurement through her text books, articles and application of measurement in both nursing practice and nursing research across healthcare disciplines including medicine, nursing, psychology, sociology, genetics and epidemiology.

    Dean Strickland earned her BSN from NC A&T School of Nurisng, her MSN from Boston University and her PhD from UNC-Greensboro.

    Under her leadership, the College’s Graduate Nursing Program achieved a No. 54 ranking in the U.S. News & World Report 2016 Best Graduate Schools Guidebook, the highest-ever ranking for the 23-year-old master’s program and a 211-spot rise compared to its previous ranking. She has also been instrumental in helping raise more than $20 million in gifts to support student scholarships and faculty-led initiatives.

    Dean Strickland has championed a diverse, interdisciplinary approach within the College that reflects the 21st century health care landscape and addresses its unique challenges. She helped secure $8.2 million in federal grants to launch the Veterans Affairs Nursing Academic Partnership with the Miami VA Healthcare System, which provides nursing students with specialized clinic training to treat military veterans, active service members and their families. Under her leadership, the College also launched the Medic-to-BSN and Accelerated Option BSN to help address the nursing shortage and has invested in state-of-the-art simulation technologies that are revolutionizing health professions education.

    Dean Strickland was also instrumental in securing a $1.45 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to open a primary care clinic for the public at Miami Northwestern Senior High School. The John H. Peavy Health Center is staffed by the College’s faculty and students working alongside nurse practitioners from a federally qualified community health care center to provide wellness and prevention services to low-income Liberty City residents while gaining valuable clinical experience as part of their program of study.

    Her career as a nurse educator, scientist, and author has spanned more than three decades. She was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing at age 29—the youngest nurse to receive this honor.

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  • Minority Health
    Nursing Measurements
    Womens Health

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