Kathleen F. Norr, PhD to Receive CON Distinguished Researcher Award

Kathleen F. Norr, PhD is the 2016 recipient of UIC College of Nursing (CON) Distinguished Researcher award.  The UIC College of Nursing Distinguished Researcher Award is an annual award to recognize a UIC College of Nursing faculty member or alumnus who has made an outstanding contribution to nursing science and research. 

Dr. Norr is Professor Emerita in the College’s Department of Women, Children and Family Health Science.  She has conducted research on health care innovations based on the World Health Organization's primary health care model in both the USA and internationally. Previous research includes AIDS prevention for low income, African-American and Latina women in Chicago, and early hospital discharge and home visiting programs for new mothers and infants in disadvantaged communities. She developed a peer group intervention for HIV prevention, based on the primary health care model that has been successfully implemented for women in Botswana, nurses in Lithuania, and primary school teachers in Malawi.

With her colleagues in Midwifery and maternal-child health, she also is currently studying the Centering Pregnancy® model of group prenatal care. Her current research is testing an integrated preconceptual health and HIV prevention for rural young women in Malawi. Dr. Norr has been part of teams bringing in more than $20,000,000 in research funds; much of it from the NIH. Further funding and support has come from at least eight other sources including the Fulbright Scholars Program, March of Dimes, Health and Human Services, Kellogg Foundation, Chicago Community Trust, Harris Foundation, World AIDS Foundation and the USAID US‐India Educational Foundation.  Dr. Norr has been awarded training grants through NINR and Fogarty.

Dr. Norr has taught research methodology at the doctoral, masters, and undergraduate levels. She is the faculty mentor for both U.S. and international doctoral students, and conducts research and publishes in collaboration with several former students. She is currently a faculty sponsor on the AIDS International Training Research Program, and serves as a Co-I on a capacity building grant for Kamuzu College of Nursing in Malawi.  She has been inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society as an Honorary Member and received the Jonas Salk Researcher of the Year Award from the March of Dimes, Illinois Chapter.

As an extraordinary leader in nursing research, Dr. Norr is most deserving of this prestigious honor. She will be honored at the UIC College of Nursing Distinguished Researcher Award Presentation and Reception on September 20, 2016, where she will present a sampling of her work.