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NLN President's Award Winner

Afaf I. Meleis, PhD, FAAN, FRCN

Afaf I. Meleis is the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, professor of nursing and sociology, and director of the school's WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership. Prior to her arrival at Penn, she spent 34 years as a professor of nursing in the University of California system on both the Los Angeles and San Francisco campuses.

Dr. Meleis' scholarly research has focused on the theoretical development of the nursing discipline, structure and organization of nursing knowledge, transitions and health, and global immigrant and women's health. She is the originator of the Transitions theory, a central concept in nursing that has been applied throughout the world. Her award-winning book, Theoretical Nursing: Development and Progress, is now in its fifth edition. Widely published, she is the author of more than 175 scholarly articles in social sciences, nursing, and medical journals; more than 40 chapters; seven books; and numerous monographs and proceedings.

Her current co-edited book, Women's Health and the World's Cities, is groundbreaking, with its examination of the relationship between global urbanization and women's health. Her involvement and leadership within professional associations are likewise extensive. Among her affiliations are: the Royal College of Nursing; the American Academy of Nursing; the College of Physicians of Philadelphia; the IOM; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar National Advisory Committee; the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Macy Faculty Scholars Program; and the National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee on Research on Women's Health. She is also president emerita and counsel general emerita of the International Council on Women's Health Issues and the former global ambassador for the Girl Child Initiative of the International Council of Nurses.

Dr. Meleis is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, as well as honorary doctorates and distinguished and honorary professorships, among them, most recently: the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools, International Distinguished Leadership Award, based on her outstanding work in the global health care community, the Take the Lead Award from the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and Phyllis N. Stern Distinguished Lecture Award from the International Council on Women's Health Issues, for her global contributions to women's health and well-being. A 1961 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Alexandria in Egypt, Dr. Meleis went on to earn several advanced degrees: an MS in nursing (1964), an MA in sociology (1966), and a PhD in medical and social psychology (1968) from the University of California-Los Angeles.