Deborah Koniak-Griffin, Professor, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Audrienne H. Moseley Endowed Chair in Women’s Health Research at the UCLA School of Nursing, was appointed to the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research at the National Institute of Nursing Research. Members of the council are drawn from the scientific and lay communities, embodying a diverse perspective from the fields of nursing, public and health policy, law, and economics.
NINR, a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is the primary federal agency for the support of nursing research.
The NACNR meets three times a year to provide recommendations on the direction and support of the research that forms the evidence base for nursing practice. An important role of the council is to conduct the second level review of grant applications that have previously been reviewed for scientific merit. In addition, the council reviews the institute's extramural programs and makes recommendations about its intramural research activities.
Koniak-Griffin is a recognized international expert in maternal-child nursing and women’s health care. Her work is advancing deep understanding of methods to eliminate health disparities through health promotion interventions with vulnerable populations, including pregnant/parenting adolescents and Latina women. Dr. Koniak-Griffin and her research colleagues developed three nursing intervention programs for adolescent mothers and young childbearing couples that have been selected as evidence-based models for replication across the United States. She also established and served as founding Director of the UCLA School of Nursing Center for Vulnerable Populations Research that has advanced knowledge and promoted application of community-based participatory research.