The Association of Womens Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses presented the 2014 Award of Excellence in Research to Kathryn A. Lee, RN, PhD, FAAN, CBSM, for her excellence in nursing research and continued innovation in the delivery of care for women and their families on June 16 at the AWHONN national convention in Orlando.
Lee is a professor and associate dean for research at the University of California at San Francisco. Her current research explores the relationship between womens sleep and reproductive issues. As the first nurse in the U.S. to be certified in behavioral sleep medicine, Lee has been able to mentor other nurses and focus on the clinical relevance of sleep problems, as well as develop nursing-focused therapeutics to help patients.
Dr. Lees research into the correlation between sleep and reproductive issues is groundbreaking, AWHONNs CEO, Lynn Erdman, RN, MN, FAAN, said in the release. With her research, nurses will have the tools and knowledge they need to counsel patients with challenging sleep disorders.
Lee is widely published and has authored numerous chapters on sleeping behaviors. She is a founding member of the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine, as well as a member of Sigma Theta Tau and the American Academy of Nursing.
AWHONN presents the award each year to an AWHONN member who demonstrates a history of conducting grant-funded research, publishes research in peer-refereed journals, reflects its goals and standards in contributions to research and demonstrates clinical applications in research.