Award for Excellence in Research


The APNA Award for Excellence in Research is granted to an APNA member who has made a significant contribution to research in psychiatric nursing care, education, leadership/management and/or health services. The individual must have been a member of APNA for at least two years.


  1. Nominee was the Principal Investigator or Project Director of the study, whose results have potential to improve psychiatric nursing care and/or psychiatric nursing education.
  2. The research can be in the areas of clinical practice, education, leadership/management and/or psychiatric health services.
  3. The research may have been presented at a conference or published in a peer-reviewed journal.
  4. The research paper may have been presented at a peer-reviewed regional, national or international conference.

Each nomination should include two letters of recommendation of no more than 500 words each (one from the nominator and one from a reference, each submitted via the online nomination form). Each letter should provide specific examples of how the nominee meets the above criteria.


Nominations Deadline: Monday, April 20, 2015

Past Recipients: 2014 - Jeanne Marie Stacciarini  |  2013 - Genevieve Chandler  |  2012 - Karen Farchaus Stein  |  2010 - Lora Beebe  |  2009 - Nancy Buccola  |  More

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.