Focus Area Advisory Panels
  • Develop AWHONN’s research priorities
  • Select recipients for AWHONN grants program
  • Review and score annual convention program research abstracts
  • Mentor novice researchers
Research Advisory Panel

Since 2003, AWHONN has created advisory panels to serve as “think tanks” in a consultant-client model to the Board of Directors.  The Research Advisory Panel (RAP) members are appointed by the President of AWHONN through the Executive Office every year. 

Research Advisory Panel Responsibilities
  • Develop research priorities at AWHONN
  • Review and score research proposals submitted for research grant awards
  • Review and score research abstracts submitted for posters and presentations at the annual convention
  • Select a recipient for the Award of Excellence in Research
2020 Research Advisory Panel

Irene Yang, PhD, RN

  • Jeanne Alhusen, PhD, CRNP, RN, FAAN (Board Liaison)
  • Brenda Baker, PhD, RN, CNS
  • Rita Brennan, DNP, RNC-NIC, APN/CNS
  • Tracy Brewer, DNP, RNC-OB, CLC
  • Diane DiTomasso, PhD, RN
  • Karen Weis, PhD, MSN, RNC-OB, FAAN
  • Jessica Antretter, MS, RN-BC, C-EFM
  • Rachel Breman, PhD, MSN, MPH, RN
  • Adriane Burgess, PhD, RNC-OB, CCE, CNE
  • Lorraine Byrnes, PhD, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, CNM, FAANP
  • Linda Cassar, DNP, RNC-OB, CNE
  • Licia Clowtis, PhD, RN
  • Heidi Collins-Fantasia, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC
  • Heather DiCioccio, DNP-RNC, MNN
  • Jodie Franzen, MS, APRN, CNS-BC, RNC-OB
  • Carmen Giurgescu, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC
  • Allyssa Harris, PhD, WHNP, BC
  • Kimberly Hughes, DNP, RNC-OB, CNS
  • Stacey Lobst, PhD, RNC-OB, C-EFM
  • Catherine Ivory, PhD, RNC-OB, RN-BC, FAAN
  • Teresa Johnson, PhD, RN
  • Kelly LaMonica, MSN, RNC-OB, EFM
  • Martha Levine, PhD, RNC-OB, C-EFM
  • Susan Ludington, PhD, RN, FCNM, CKC, FAAN
  • Deborah Mandel, PhD, MSN, RNC-OB
  • Julya Miner, DNP, RN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, BC
  • Elizabeth Mollard, PhD, APRN-NP, WHNP-BC, IBCLC
  • Tiffany Moore, RN, PhD
  • Marliese Nist, PhD, RNC-RNC, NIC
  • Ruth Ochoa, DNP, MSN, RNC-RNC, OB
  • Jinhee Park, PhD, RN
  • Eleanor Saffian, BSN, RN (mentee)
  • Carol Shieh, DNSc, MPH, RNC-OB, FAAN
  • Jessica Souva, MSN, RNC-MNN (mentee)
  • Kristen Srna, MSN, RN
  • Janet Trial, EdD, CNM, MSN
  • Janet Tucker, PhD, MSN, RNC-OB
  • Lorraine Walker, RN, EdD, MPH
Staff Lead

Jacqueline Rychnovsky, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAANP

Manager, Research Programs

Mark Arucan

NOTE: Applications for the Research Advisory Panel are open each September.