Anna McDaniel, School of Nursing, was one of 63 fellows inducted into the American Academy of Nursing at the organization’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Nov. 13. She teaches in the Department of Environments for Health and also is director for the health informatics graduate program at the School of Informatics and evaluation director for the IU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. She was selected based on her creativity and ability to translate research and theory into practical applications for health promotion in tobacco control and cessation.
For example, she designed a computer game, titled “Escape from Nicotinia,” specifically targeted to pre-teen girls to help educate them in ways to resist the social forces to begin smoking. She also has designed computerized decision support systems for staff nurses and physicians to help patients quit smoking.
McDaniel also has been honored regionally and nationally for health communication and received more than $350,000 in grants for her research and demonstration projects by the Indiana State Department of Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, among other organizations. She also is senior faculty member in the “Big Ten” Clinical Nursing and Health Informatics Consortium, a cooperative created in 2001 of nursing informatics leaders and world-class research institutions committed to enriching the health of individuals, families and communities through the design, deployment and evaluation of advanced information technologies.