Jean McSweeney, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN
Recipient of 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award
Dr. Jean McSweeney has dedicated her life to nursing education and research, beginning her career as a Critical Care Nurse where she broadened her knowledge base and honed her nursing skills. She sought further education and obtained her PhD from The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing in 1990. Currently, Dr. McSweeney is a Professor and the Associate Dean for Research at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. For the past 18 years Dr. McSweeney has taught nursing courses including, but not limited to Cardiovascular Nursing, Adult Health, and Qualitative Data Analysis Theory and Practicum. While she has completed research in many areas of nursing, her primary focus has been related to women and heart disease. Her work has been published in numerous professional journals and abstracts, lay publications, and television networks and she has obtained millions of dollars in grants to further her cardiovascular research. She has fulfilled countless hours of community, national and state service speaking to various organizations and completing interviews for TV, radio and popular magazines including Family Circle, Redbook and Ladies Home Journal about women’s symptoms of heart disease.