UA’s Dr. Terry Badger Inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

The honor recognizes Dr. Badger’s substantive research focusing on depression, symptom management and quality of life among cancer survivors and their families.

On July 27, Terry Badger, PhD, RN, University of Arizona College of Nursing, will be inducted into Sigma Foundation for Nursing’s 2019 International Researcher Hall of Fame.

Dr. Badger, who also is the Eleanor Bauwens Endowed Chair, will join 23 other nurse researchers from the United States, Australia, Canada and Sweden to be recognized during Sigma’s 30thInternational Nursing Research Congress in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Dr. Badger, also chair of the Division of Community and Systems Health Science at the College, is being recognized for her substantive research focusing on depression, symptom management and quality of life among cancer survivors and their families. She is conducting research testing theory-based methods to decrease psychological distress associated with cancer and its treatment and improve quality of life and symptom management for cancer survivors and their families during and after cancer treatment. 

Dr. Badger is interested in developing easily accessible, quality psychosocial oncology services for underserved, multicultural populations. Most recently, she was awarded two, four-year National Cancer Institute grants totaling $5 million to investigate a precision approach to decrease psychological distress and improve symptom management in cancer survivors and their caregivers during and after treatment.

“For the past 14 years I have had the pleasure of working closely with Dr. Badger,” said UA Nursing Interim Dean Ki Moore, PhD, RN, FAAN.  “As interim dean of the College of Nursing, I have gained an even greater appreciation of Terry as an accomplished and productive interdisciplinary scientist. For almost two decades she has conducted pathfinding investigations about the emotional and affective symptoms experienced by individuals with cancer and their caregivers.

“Terry is highly respected for her work and sought out as a collaborator by scholars in nursing and other disciplines. Dr. Badger is mission-driven, dedicated to advancing symptom-science research and an exemplary role model. She is a richly deserving of the STTI Hall of Fame Researcher Award.”

This year represents Sigma’s 10thpresentation of the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. The 2019 inductees will join the 176 previously inducted nurse-researchers – many of whom will be present at the 10-year anniversary induction – who have achieved significant and sustained national or international recognition and whose research has improved the profession and the people it serves.

“These Hall of Fame researchers have made highly substantive contributions to global health that will resonate for decades,” said Sigma President Beth Baldwin Tigges, PhD, RN, PNP, BC. “I offer my sincere congratulations to these 23 outstanding nurses.”

Sigma’s annual Congress attracts more than 1,000 nurse-researchers, students, clinicians and leaders who share information and learn from hundreds of peer-reviewed, evidence-based research presentations. The theme for the 30th International Nursing Research Congress is “Theory-to-Practice: Catalyzing Collaborations to Connect Globally.” 

About the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership and service. Founded in 1922, Sigma has more than 135,000 active members in more than 90 countries and territories. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and others. Sigma’s more than 530 chapters are located at more than 700 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales.

About the University of Arizona College of Nursing

Established in 1957, the University of Arizona College of Nursing has been transforming nursing education, research and practice to help people build better futures for more than 60 years. Consistently ranked among the best programs in the nation, the college is strengthening health care’s largest workforce and the public’s most trusted profession through its undergraduate and graduate programs, offered online and on-campus in Tucson and Phoenix. Headquartered in Tucson, Ariz., where integrative health has been pioneered, the UA College of Nursing is home to the world’s only Integrative Nursing Faculty Fellowship. With key focal strengths in integrative health, cancer prevention and survivorship, and nursing informatics, the college has more than 7,000 alumni worldwide promoting health and wellness in their workplaces and communities. For more information:

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