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Home : Awards / Grants : International Awards : Best of JNS Clinical Scholarship

Best of Journal of Nursing Scholarship: Clinical Scholarship 

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Vicki S. Conn, RN, PhD, FAAN, Alpha Iota Chapter
Todd M. Ruppar, RN, MSN, Delta Lambda Chapter
Pamela S. Cooper, PhD
Cynthia L. Russell, RN, PhD, Alpha Iota Chapter


 Vicki Conn Dr. Vicki S. Conn is Potter-Brinton Professor and Associate Dean for Research at University of Missouri School of Nursing, as well as editor of Western Journal of Nursing Research. Dr. Conn conducts meta-analysis research on exercise behavior and medication adherence. Dr. Conn’s current NIH R01 is a meta-analysis to determine characteristics of interventions that successfully increase physical activity. The results of her meta-analytic moderator analyses are widely cited as best-practices evidence for effective interventions to change health behaviors.



  Todd Ruppar, PhD, RN is a gerontological clinical nurse specialist whose research focuses on interventions to improve medication adherence for older adults with chronic conditions. He completed a PhD in nursing at the University of Missouri in 2009, where he was a John A. Hartford Foundation Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Scholar. Dr. Ruppar is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Health Services and Nursing Research, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. 

Pamela S. Cooper, PhD, has been involved in laboratory and clinical research at the University of Missouri  for more than 25 years. She worked as a plant molecular biologist in the Division of Biological Sciences until 2004, when she joined the Surgery Department to work on problems related to treating gastroesophageal reflux disease in children. In 2006, she joined the Sinclair School of Nursing as a research specialist working on Dr. Conn’s NIH-funded meta-analysis of interventions aimed at increasing physical activity in healthy adults. During the course of that project, she participated in the analysis of nursing intervention research reports. A graduate of the MU School of Journalism, she has worked as a freelance medical writer. She is currently employed as a senior editor in the MU Department of Radiology.


Dr. Cynthia Russell, PhD, RN, ACNS, BC, graduated from Rush University in Chicago, IL with her BSN and MS and from St. Louis University. St. Louis, MO with her PhD. Dr. Russell’s program of research focuses on medication adherence in adult and older transplant recipients and dialysis patients. She has received funding for this program of research from a wide variety of sources and recently completed a John A Hartford-Atlantic post-doctorate fellowship (2005-2007). Dr. Russell’s research program has been funded consistently since 2002 in amounts ranging from $10,000 to $150,000. Her funded research, published in refereed journals, has focused on medication taking beliefs among adult renal transplant recipients, patterns and predictors of medication nonadherence in adult and older renal transplant recipients, and intra-subject congruence of medication event monitoring system-generated medication adherence data. She is currently piloting the continuous self-improvement intervention with renal transplant recipients. Her dissertation research tested a nursing intervention for those awaiting renal transplantation using a randomized controlled trial design.

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