Margaret Grey, Yale University School of Nursing Dean and Annie Goodrich Professor, was recently presented the “Outstanding Nurse Scientist Award” by The Council for Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS), the research arm of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). Dean Grey accepted the award on October 2 before over 1,000 people attending the National Congress on the State of the Science in Nursing Research in Washington, D.C.
The Outstanding Nurse Scientist Award is awarded every two years to a nurse scientist whose sustained program of research has made a significant impact on knowledge development with recognizable benefit for nursing practice and healthcare. Dean Grey, only the second nurse scientist to receive the award since its inception in 2006, received the award from by Dr. Mary Sullivan, chair of the 2008 Research Award Committee.
A portion of Dean Grey’s nomination letter documented her “sustained program of research on enhancing adolescents’ ability to cope with diabetes. Her research has changed the standards of care in international diabetes programs and improved biobehavioral outcomes for countless young people. A pioneer in building the science of self and family management of chronic illness, Dean Grey has developed the infrastructure to support this work regionally and nationally. She has mentored many young scholars and serves as a role model for intervention research, as well as dissemination and translation. As a result of her tireless mentorship and advocacy, nurses and interdisciplinary scientists will extend this significant body of scholarship and evidence-based practice.”
In presenting her research, Dean Grey emphasized the importance of passion for a topic in the ability to sustain a program of research. She noted that her work is driven by the understanding that children with diabetes and their families are required to manage a complex regimen that interferes with many aspects of their lives. Dr. Grey has devoted her research studies to the development and testing of behavioral approaches, including the use of the internet, to assist families with this process and to lead to better physical and psychosocial outcomes.