The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International Names Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell as its 2015 Episteme Award Recipient

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International Names Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell as its 2015 Episteme Award Recipient

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 9:30am

CONTENT: Press Release

INDIANAPOLIS and DEERFIELD, Ill., September 16, 2015 /3BL Media/ — The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) today named Jacquelyn Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN, the 2015 recipient of the STTI Episteme Award supported by The Baxter International Foundation. Campbell is the Anna D. Wolf Chair and Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. As Episteme Laureate, Campbell will be the keynote speaker at STTI’s 43rd Biennial Convention in Las Vegas, Nev., November 7-11, 2015, where she will be presented with the $15,000 award.

For more than 30 years, Dr. Campbell has conducted research in nursing knowledge that encompasses U.S. and global investigation and documentation of domestic violence, homicide, and other physical and mental health outcomes of intimate partner violence (IPV). Her research primarily focuses on femicide, the increased risk for HIV/AIDS associated with IPV, and the global impact of and attention to IPV.

“The Baxter International Foundation is honored to fund the Episteme Award and recognize Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell as a truly groundbreaking researcher and educator, as well as an important advocate for victims and those at risk of intimate partner violence,” said Alice Campbell, executive director of The Baxter International Foundation. “We are committed to recognizing excellence in nursing research and practice, such as Dr. Campbell’s, through Sigma Theta Tau International and the organization’s international awards.”

Throughout her career, Dr. Campbell has identified strategies to prevent IPV homicides. She developed and validated an instrument—the Danger Assessment—to help abused women recognize the amount of danger in their relationships; it is currently being used across the U.S. and globally. Her work has also contributed to Affordable Care Act provisions and U.S. Preventive Task Force recommendations for routine screening for domestic violence in healthcare settings. These new safeguards will result in more abused women being identified early and help prevent long term physical and health consequences including injury and potential death.

Dr. Campbell’s work has impacted the research and practical training of other nurse scientists to substantively improve the healthcare system’s response to women and adolescent girls affected by violence. Her research has been recognized by the Institute of Medicine, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. healthcare system as foundational to an improved response to abused women across sectors. She has been continuously funded as a principal investigator by the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Justice, the Centers for Disease Control, and the U.S. Department of Justice.

“Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell is internationally respected for her work on recognizing and preventing intimate partner violence, and in her pursuit of that discipline she represents the technical excellence and compassion we have come to expect from our nurse leaders,” says Hester C. Klopper, PhD, RN, MBA, FANSA, FAAN, president of Sigma Theta Tau International. “As we prepare for our 43rd Biennial Convention, I am pleased that Dr. Campbell can directly influence many of the exceptional nurses, researchers, and educators who make up our membership.”

For more than 90 years, STTI has honored the best and brightest women and men in nursing, providing its members with exclusive programs, resources, and opportunities, including international honors such as the Episteme Award. For more information about the Episteme Award, visit the STTI website.


About the Episteme Award
The Episteme Award, supported by The Baxter International Foundation, is bestowed to a nurse who has contributed significantly to nursing knowledge development, application, or discovery that results in a recognizable and sizable benefit to the public. The Episteme Award and the other STTI International Awards will be presented during the 43rd Biennial Convention, November 7-11, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nev. For event information, visit

About the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 135,000 active members in more than 85 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others. STTI’s roughly 500 chapters are located at approximately 700 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. More information about STTI can be found online at

About The Baxter International Foundation
The Baxter International Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Baxter International Inc., helps organizations increase access to healthcare in the United States and around the world. The foundation, established in 1981, focuses exclusively on increasing access to healthcare particularly for the disadvantaged and underserved in communities where Baxter employees live and work.