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AAN names Sacramento State nursing professor to 2014 Class of Fellows

Christine Vourakis, RN, PhD, MN, a Sacramento State University professor of nursing and a nationally recognized expert on mental health and addictions, has been named to the 2014 Class of Fellows by the American Academy of Nursing. She will be inducted during the organization’s October conference in Washington, D.C., according to a news release.

The academy’s mission is to serve the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis and dissemination of nursing knowledge. Its more than 2,200 fellows include some of nursing’s most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice and research.

Vourakis, who began teaching at Sacramento State in 2006, is one of the 168 nurse leaders from throughout the United States and 24 foreign countries singled out this year for their extraordinary contributions to nursing and healthcare.

“It is a wonderful honor to be inducted into the Academy of Nursing and to be recognized for my lifelong contributions to nursing and healthcare,” Vourakis said in the release.

She earned her diploma in nursing from Vassar Brothers Hospital School of Nursing, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y, her BSN from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, her MN from Emory University in Atlanta and her doctorate from the University of California, San

She co-edited a landmark textbook about addictions, “Substance Abuse: Pharmacologic, Developmental and Clinical Perspectives,” and is the editor of “Journal of Addictions Nursing,” a publication for nurses and other health professionals involved in addiction prevention, early intervention, treatment and rehabilitation.

Vourakis’ research interests include the prevention and treatment of addictive disorders in adolescents and women, the role of self-help groups in addiction recovery and the relationship between pain
and addiction.

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To read the Q&A with Vourakis, visit

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