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Bernadette M. Melnyk

Bernadette M. Melnyk

A never-ending dreamer with a passion to make a difference in people’s lives, Dr. Bernadette “Bern” Melnyk is a nationally/internationally recognized expert in evidence-based practice, intervention research and child and adolescent mental health, and is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences on these topics. She has consulted with hundreds of healthcare systems and colleges throughout the nation and globe on how to improve quality of care and patient outcomes through implementing and sustaining evidence-based practice. Her record includes more than $19 million of sponsored funding from federal agencies as principal investigator and over 230 publications.

Dr. Melnyk serves as Associate Vice President for Health Promotion, University Chief Wellness Officer, and Professor and Dean of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University. She also is a professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at Ohio State’s College of Medicine.

A native of the small rural town of Republic, Pa. who credits her father with instilling a never-ending sense of optimism, gratitude and determination in her, Dr. Melnyk earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from WVU’s School of Nursing in 1979, a master’s degree with a specialization in nursing care of children and pediatric nurse practitioner from the University of Pittsburgh, and a PhD in clinical research from the University of Rochester where she also completed her post-master’s certificate as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

She is co-editor of four books, including Evidence-based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare: A Guide to Best Practice, Implementing EBP: Real World Success Stories, the KySS Guide for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Screening, Early Intervention and Health Promotion, and Intervention Research: Designing, Conducting, Analyzing and Funding. A Practical Guide for Success, an American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award.

Dr. Melnyk is an elected fellow of the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Nursing, the National Academies of Practice, and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She served a four-year term on the 16-member United States Preventive Services Task Force and currently serves as a member of the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Behavioral Health Steering Committee, the National Institutes of Health’s National Advisory Council for Nursing Research, and the Centers for Disease Control Laboratory Best Practices Workgroup. She also serves as editor of the journal, Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing.

Dr. Melnyk has received numerous national and international awards, including the Audrey Hepburn Award, Mary Tolle Wright Excellence in Leadership Award, the Research Hall of Fame Award from Sigma Theta Tau International, the Jessie Scott Award from the American Nurses Association for the improvement of healthcare quality through the integration of research, education and practice, the 2012 Midwest Nursing Research Society Senior Scientist award, the NIH/National Institute of Nursing Research’s inaugural director’s lectureship award, and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Lifetime Achievement Award. She also has been recognized as an Edge Runner twice by the American Academy of Nursing for founding and directing the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners’ KySS child and adolescent mental health program and her COPE Program for parents of preterm infants.

In April of 2013, Dr. Melnyk launched and chaired the first National Summit on Building Healthy Academic Communities that drew over 300 leaders from 93 universities and colleges across the U.S. and recently founded the National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities, an effort to improve population health in institutions of higher learning across the U.S.