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SMU Website Highlights Faculty Awards & Recognition

Samuel Merritt University (SMU) faculty members are regularly published in peer-reviewed journals and books, invited to serve on national boards or professional committees, and awarded research grants and other professional honors. A newly created webpage on the Samuel Merritt University website highlights these honors.

Here are just a few of the recent additions:

Rhonda Ramirez, EdD, FNP-BC – Director, Family Nurse Practitioner Program
Elected position – California Association for Nurse Practitioners
December, 2012

Rhonda Ramirez was elected as Vice President/President elect of the local chapter of California Association for Nurse Practitioners.

Aara Amidi-Nouri Assistant Professor, Entry Level MSN Oakland
California Wellness Foundation Grant Recipient
November, 2012

Dr. Aara Amidi-Nouri was awarded $150,000 from The California Wellness Foundation to increase the diversity of the nursing workforce by graduating NCLEX-eligible nursing students who reflect the school's diverse communities. The grant will expand and strengthen two retention initiatives: Bridging the Gap and the Scholars in Service Program (SISP). Bridging the Gap includes full-day simulation workshops for underrepresented high school students in the fall and spring semester, as well as workshops on teen health and health careers. The grant will enhance SISP through the provision of stipends for African-American and Latino/a students who participate in the Academic Success Program, and Alumni SISP Tutors who provide academic support and mentorship.

Guy McCormack, PhD, OTR/L, Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy
Invited Presentation
October 2012
McCormack, G., Sommers, K., Inouye, Morgan.  "Occupational Driven Computer Assisted Cognitive Remediation".  Oral Presentation.  36th Annual Occupational Therapy Association of California Conference, Pasadena, California, October 4 – 7, 2012.

Kate Hayner, OTR/L, EdD, Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy
Faculty Publication
Hayner, K. A.  Effectiveness of the California tri-pull taping method for shoulder subluxation post stroke: A single subject ABA design.  American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 66, 1–10. (2012).

Jennifer McAdam, RN, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Faculty Publication
McAdam, J., Dracup, K., White, D., Fontaine, D., & Puntillo, K. Psychological Symptoms of Family Members of High Risk Intensive Care Unit Patients, American Journal of Critical Care, 12(6): 386-393. (2012).

The Office of Academic Affairs sends out a call for submissions for awards and recognitions on a quarterly basis for the Board Report. If you have a submission you would like to submit for consideration in between those requests from the Office of Academic Affairs, please send it to Judi Baker at She will work with the Office of Academic Affairs to have it reviewed.

Click here to visit the Faculty Awards & Recognition page.