News in Brief: NHS Students, Faculty Recognized at 2014 GUMC Convocation

NOVEMBER 6, 2014 – Several members of the School of Nursing & Health Studies were recognized yesterday as part of the seventh annual Convocation of Georgetown University Medical Center.

Howard J. Federoff, MD, PhD, executive vice president for health sciences and executive dean of the School of Medicine, read the citations for the award recipients, and Georgetown President John J. DeGioia, PhD, presented them with their certificates.

NHS Award Recipients

Patricia Cloonan, PhD, RN, the school’s interim dean and associate professor of health systems administration, earned the Outstanding Service Award at the afternoon ceremony.

Joan Burggraf Riley (NHS’76, G’97), MS, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, FAAN, associate professor of human science and nursing, and Carol Taylor (G’97), PhD, RN, professor of nursing, were both recognized for Faculty Achievement in Education.

Undergraduates Blake Meza (NHS'15), a human science major, and Marisha Wickremsinhe (NHS'15), an international health major, were honored for Outstanding Student Achievement.

Mental Health Focus

Helen Mayberg, MD, who is known for pioneering work using deep brain stimulation in treatment-resistant depression, won the Cura Personalis Award and delivered the keynote address at Convocation.

Mayberg, who is professor of psychiatry, neurology, and radiology at Emory University School of Medicine, also spoke during a morning Colloquium on new and emerging perspectives on mental health.

Edilma L. Yearwood, PhD, RN, PMHCNS, BC, FAAN, associate professor and interim chair of the Department of Nursing, participated as a panelist and addressed the importance of community engagement and focusing on the social determinants impacting mental health.

By Bill Cessato