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Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN
Associate Vice President for Health Promotion
University Chief Wellness Officer
Dean and Professor, College of Nursing
Professor, College of Medicine: Department of Pediatrics, Department of Psychiatry
The Ohio State University
Dr. Melnyk was appointed by The Ohio State University as dean of the College of Nursing, associate vice president for health promotion, and University chief wellness officer, effective Sept. 15, 2011. Her role as Ohio State’s chief wellness officer is believed to be the first such position at a U.S. University. She is spearheading health promotion and wellness programs to enhance the highest level of health, and to prevent physical and mental health disorders among faculty, staff and students.
Dr. Melnyk is a widely recognized expert in evidence-based practice, intervention research, and child and adolescent mental health. Her research areas include interventions to improve coping/mental health outcomes in high-risk children and families, and healthy lifestyle interventions with adolescents and college youth. Her record includes more than 180 publications and more than $19 million in sponsored funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal agencies.
Dr. Melnyk earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing cum laude from West Virginia University, a Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in nursing care in children as a pediatric nurse practitioner from the University of Pittsburgh, and a PhD in clinical research from the University of Rochester. She also completed a post-master’s certification as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.
Most recently as dean and distinguished foundation professor in nursing at Arizona State University's College of Nursing & Health Innovation, Dr. Melnyk led that college to a top 15 ranking in funding from the NIH, the expansion of transdisciplinary academic programs, and the creation of seven centers of research and evidence-based practice excellence. She created innovative partnerships with the FDA and major corporations and has consulted with many healthcare systems and colleges throughout the nation and world on how to improve quality of care and patient outcomes through implementing and sustaining evidence-based practice.
She has over 180 publications and has edited 4 books, including the well-known book, Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare: A Guide to Best Practice (second edition) published in 2011. In addition, she serves as associate editor of the journal Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing.
Prior to her position at Arizona State University, Dr. Melnyk was a faculty member at the University of Rochester from 1992 to 2004. From 1999 to 2004, she was professor and associate dean for research and director, Center for Research & Evidenced-Based Practice and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program in the School of Nursing, and also served as professor of pediatrics in the School of Medicine & Dentistry.
Dr. Melnyk is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the National Academies of Practice. She is the only nurse member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Laboratory Medicine Best Practices Workgroup and is a current member of the National Quality Forum’s Behavioral Health Steering Committee. In addition, Dr. Melnyk recently served a four-year term on the United States Preventive Services Task Force. Among dozens of other prestigious honors, she received the Midwest Nursing Research Society 2012 Senior Scientist Award, was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame in 2011 and received the first National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research’s (NINR) NINR Director's Lectureship Award in 2011. She has twice been recognized as an Edge Runner by the American Academy of Nursing, first for founding the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners' KySS mental health initiative and second for her COPE Program for parents of premature infants.