Richard Ricciardi, PhD, NP, FAANP, FAAN, is the acting director, Division of Practice Improvement and the senior advisor for nursing at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). At AHRQ, Ricciardi’s research focuses on ambulatory care practice improvements in the areas of teams, team-based care, outcomes measurement, care of patients with multiple chronic conditions, and improving patient safety practices. Prior to joining AHRQ in 2010, Ricciardi served on active duty in the Army for thirty years and had numerous positions as a pediatric and family nurse practitioner, clinical scientist, and senior leader. In his last two positions on active duty, he served as chief of nursing research at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and director of research at the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.
In addition to having experience in the clinical, research, educational, and health policy areas, Ricciardi brings corporate governance expertise to the position of vice president of STTI. Ricciardi has served as a member of the board of directors on community and national level boards on a number of nonprofit corporations and associations. For example, he served as president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), president of the NAPNAP Foundation, treasurer of STTI, and chair of the STTI Building Corporation. Ricciardi maintains a part-time nurse practitioner practice at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He is honored to be elected as vice president of STTI and is excited to serve all members of STTI over this biennium.