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Dr. Elizabeth Dowdell inducted into American Academy of Nursing


Professor Elizabeth Burgess Dowdell, PhD, RN, FAAN, was among 176 nurse leaders from across the country to be inducted as a fellow during the American Academy of Nursing’s 39th Annual Meeting and Conference October 13, in Washington, D.C. Dr. Dowdell was selected for the prestigious honor because of her significant and sustained contributions as a nursing leader and advocate for vulnerable children.  She has contributed more than any other nurse scientist to knowledge on perilous Internet behaviors of youth, and is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Dr. Dowdell’s pioneering research has explored the interrelationships among various forms of electronic aggression, including “cyber-bullying” and “sexting.” This cutting edge research informs policy on strategies for protecting children and adolescents from Internet-associated hazards.

Composed of the nation’s top nurse researchers, policy makers, scholars, executives, educators, and practitioners, the 2012 American Academy of Nursing cohort is the largest class of inductees to date. 

The Villanova University College of Nursing, established in 1953, is a nationally recognized premier nursing program under Augustinian Catholic auspices with a mission to create a synergy between compassion and clinical excellence. Designated a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing, the College provides a values-based undergraduate education grounded in the liberal arts and sciences that prepares students to assume positions as productive, ethical, and socially responsible citizens and leaders providing care in clinical and community settings. Its reputation is solidified by its rigorous, top-ranked graduate program to prepare advanced practice nurses, administrators and nurse educators; its environment for faculty and student scholarship; its respected continuing nursing education program and the leadership contributions of its students, faculty and alumni in nursing and health care around the world. Click here for more information on the College of Nursing.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others.  There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.