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Villanova University Announces the Diane L. and Robert F. Moritz, Jr. Endowed Chair in Nursing Research

Helene Moriarty, PhD, RN
Helene Moriarty, PhD, RN

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University has announced the inauguration of The Diane L. and Robert F. Moritz, Jr. Endowed Chair in Nursing Research. Named for its donors, Diane L. and Robert F. Moritz, Jr., the endowed faculty chair position is the first in Villanova’s College of Nursing.

“The endowment of The Diane L. and Robert F. Moritz, Jr. Endowed Chair in Nursing Research is a great opportunity for the College of Nursing and our students,” said Michael J. O’Neill, Vice President for University Advancement. “The Moritz's support and investment in Villanova will have a lasting impact, helping the University to fulfill our strategic priorities.”

Professor Helene Moriarty, PhD, RN, is the inaugural appointee to The Diane L. and Robert F. Moritz, Jr. Endowed Chair in Nursing Research. She has been a nurse researcher at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center for 20 years and has held faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova.

“The endowment of a faculty chair is symbolic of the progress the College of Nursing has made and its commitment to scholarship and research as a means to advance nursing practice through education, and ultimately improve patient care,” M. Louise Fitzpatrick, EdD, RN, FAAN, Connelly Endowed Dean and Professor, College of Nursing. “Dr. and Mrs. Moritz’s decision to endow a chair is evidence of their confidence and trust placed in us.”

Dr. Moriarty will provide significant leadership as the College of Nursing develops its research capacity. She will conduct and teach research as well as serve as a resource for faculty and students. A highly respected and prolific researcher and scholar, Dr. Moriarty has conducted important interdisciplinary studies, many of which have focused on the physical and psychosocial health imperatives of veterans and their families. She is also an accomplished methodologist.

“The chair reflects the University’s growing emphasis on faculty research that builds new knowledge within a faculty member’s field of inquiry and that also increases the capacity for interprofessional research collaboration,” notes Dr. Moriarty.

Dr. Moriarty received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Villanova in 1977 and earned her graduate degrees in nursing at the University of Pennsylvania.

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.