2022 Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame welcomes Sharon Horner and John Lowe

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September 22, 2022
Drs. Sharon Horner and John Lowe holding their awards.

Sharon Horner, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor, Dolores Sands Chair for Nursing Research and John Lowe, PhD, RN, FAAN, Joseph Blades Centennial Memorial Professor in Nursing, were inducted into the 2022 Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.

Horner and Lowe bring the total to seven UT Austin School of Nursing faculty members to receive this honor.

The STTI Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame was established in 2010, to recognize nurse researchers who have sustained and impactful research on a national or international scale; research that is designed to improve the lives of people.

“Being inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame represents a high point in my career, as this award recognizes the importance and impact of my work to improve the health of children with asthma,” Horner said. “It means I am joining a small group of dedicated, and highly motivated individuals who are making a difference in peoples’ lives.”

In terms of her research, working with my collaborators and students, Horner said she has developed, refined and tested the asthma self-management intervention over the last 22 years.

Lowe, is perhaps, best known for developing the first manualized Talking Circle intervention. This program has been implemented and evaluated among Native American youth ages 10-18 in several studies supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants and the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation Catalyst Award. Findings have demonstrated significant reduction in stress and alcohol and substance use risk behaviors in those who received the Talking Circle program compared to those who received the standard programs — Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) and Be A Winner (BAW).

“It is an honor to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, as it acknowledges nurse researchers who have achieved significant and sustained national or international recognition for their work, and perhaps more importantly, that work has impacted the lives of the people it serves,” Lowe concluded.