Dr. Helene Moriarty
The University's Scholarly Achievement Award recognizes excellence on the part of faculty for published research, scholarship, and/or creative expression and is given for accomplishments in the preceding three academic years.
Dr. Moriarty is a widely successful scholar rooted in both academic and service settings, including the Veterans Affairs health care system. When selecting her, the award committee noted her proven track record of scholarly success, including her research on traumatic brain injury (TBI), veterans and their families and its impact in many spheres, as well as her many honors, including being selected as a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Committee on TBI care.
Her focused research on the impact of traumatic brain injuries on veterans has had a tremendous effect on the well-being of those who have served in war as well as their families. Her research is influential from both an academic and practitioner perspective and broadly influences how our society can create a more supportive and inclusive community.
In addition, her long list of publications, honors and awards are remarkable, including the NASEM committee 2022 publication Accelerating Progress in Traumatic Brain Injury Research and Care. Dr. Moriarty was one of two nurses in the group of 18 experts representing many disciplines to develop the publication. The committee worked for over a year and created the report that identifies barriers, outlines potential areas for collaboration, and provides a 10-year roadmap for advancing TBI research and clinical care in the United States, covering both military and civilian issues.
Since 2019, Dr. Moriarty is part of the VA Office of Nursing Service, Nursing Research Field Advisory Committee whose mission is to develop, implement and evaluate a strategic plan for nursing research in the VA health system. She is currently serving as chair through February 2024, while she continues to mentor faculty and students.