The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) has selected two MUSC College of Nursing faculty members to be inducted into the 2016 class of AAN fellows. Gayenell Magwood, PhD, RN, Alumnus CCRN, and Debbie Chapman Bryant, DNP, RN, will be honored during the Academy’s 43rd Annual Meeting and Conference that will be held Oct. 20 - 22 in Washington, DC. Induction as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing is one of the most prestigious honors in the nursing field. Those nominated for induction into the fellowship are recognized leaders who have made significant contributions to nursing and health care.
Magwood is a nurse researcher and professor in the College of Nursing where she teaches in the PhD and DNP programs. She also has a joint appointment with the College of Graduate Studies. She is a principle investigator (PI) whose work is funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) by grants from the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Magwood’s NINR grant work builds on the novel integration of genomics to personalize a socio-culturally tailored diabetes prevention intervention for women residing in subsidized housing communities. The NIDDK funding supports the implementation of a multi-level DPP intervention, linking Subsidized Housing infrastructures with FQHC-Primary Care Networks. Magwood has served as PI and co-investigator on internal and external funded research for development and implementation of community engaged interventions and multi-level community-based participatory research with underserved communities. Her research interests include health disparities, community-based interventions related to multiple risk reduction, particularly cardiometabolic risk, chronic disease prevention, and management.
Bryant is the director of partnerships for healthcare quality research at MUSC where she provides oversight for translational research efforts between the academic medical center and a federally qualified health center for clinical quality improvement and delivery. She also holds a faculty appointment as assistant professor in the College of Nursing and serves as director of outreach and community relations at MUSC’s Hollings Cancer Center (HCC). Bryant has extensive experience in community-based programs designed to reach unique populations. In her role at HCC, she oversees outreach services, including the Mobile Health Unit and Patient Navigation Services. She also is charged with providing administrative leadership within the cancer control research program. She is a recipient of the 2012 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leaders Award and was selected in 2014 as a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow.
“I am proud of Drs. Magwood and Bryant for this well-deserved honor,” said Gail Stuart, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the MUSC College of Nursing. “Both are exceptional nurse leaders who have made significant and meaningful impacts on health care quality throughout our state.”
This year, the AAN will install 164 distinguished nurse researchers, educators, practitioners and executives from across the country who have been recognized for their extraordinary nursing careers and are among the nation’s most highly-educated citizens. Following induction, new fellows have the privilege of using the FAAN credential (Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing).