Dr. Hughes Inducted into International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame (STTI)

Dr. Hughes in her office.

Update (7/13/15): Dr. Hughes has also been designated a 2015-2016 University Scholar (Univ. of Illinois)! The University Scholar program identifies outstanding faculty members who are among the very best in their fields. Dr. Hughes represents, in every way, the ideals of this distinguished award.

Update (3/9/16): Sam Hostettler (UIC News) wrote a follow-up article, "Making Strides in Understudied Area in Women’s Mental Health" (3/8/2016).

[Original Article:]

Sam Hostettler (UIC NEWS): University of Illinois at Chicago professor Tonda Hughes will be one of 19 nurse-researchers inducted into the Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International.

Fewer than 100 nurses worldwide have earned this distinction.

The ceremony will be held July 25 at Sigma Theta Tau’s 26th International Nursing Research Congress in Puerto Rico. Researchers from the United States, Australia, Belgium and Canada will be honored.

Hughes is an internationally recognized researcher on sexual-minority women’s health and substance use. Over the past 25 years she has received more than $20 million in grants to study health issues of this population.

“In addition to this being a tremendous accolade for me personally, I am gratified that this prestigious body of nurse-scientists recognizes the importance of research with sexual-minority women, one of the most stigmatized groups throughout the world’s populations,” Hughes said.

She was among the first researchers to draw major funding for research with sexual-minority women, a population the Institute of Medicine has identified as greatly understudied.

“Compared to heterosexual women, sexual-minority women have been shown to be at higher risk for a number of unsafe health behaviors and negative health outcomes, such as overweight/obesity, smoking, heavy/hazardous alcohol use — all of which are assumed to be associated with stress arising from stigma and discrimination,” Hughes said.

“These 19 honorees have achieved life-changing results through their research,” said Hester C. Klopper, Sigma Theta Tau International’s president. “In keeping with the STTI mission to celebrate nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service, I congratulate the 2015 Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame honorees” ....

By Sam Hostettler (July 7, 2015). See complete article: http://news.uic.edu/uic-researcher-inducted-into-nursing-hall-of-fame