Chief Wellness Officer Panel
Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN
Vice President for Health Promotion; University Chief Wellness Officer; Dean and Professor, College of Nursing, The Ohio State University
Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk is vice president for Health Promotion, University chief wellness officer, and professor and dean of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University. She also is a professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at Ohio State’s College of Medicine. Melnyk earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from West Virginia University, her Master of Science degree with a specialization in nursing care of children and pediatric nurse practitioner from the University of Pittsburgh, and her PhD in clinical research from the University of Rochester, where she also completed her post-master’s certificate as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.
She is a nationally/internationally recognized expert in evidence-based practice, intervention research, child and adolescent mental health, and health and wellness, and is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences on these topics.
Melnyk has consulted with hundreds of healthcare systems and colleges throughout the nation and globe on how to improve quality of care and patient outcomes through implementing and sustaining evidence-based practice. Her record includes over $26 million of sponsored funding from federal agencies and foundations as principal investigator and over 300 publications.
Melnyk is co-editor of five books: Implementing the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Competencies in Healthcare: A Practical Guide for Improving Quality, Safety and Outcomes; Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare: A Guide to Best Practice (3rd Ed), an American Journal of Nursing Research Book of the Year Award winner; Implementing EBP: Real-World Success Stories; A Practical Guide to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Screening, Early Intervention and Health Promotion (2nd Ed); and Intervention Research: Designing, Conducting, Analyzing and Funding, also an American Journal of Nursing Research Book of the Year Award winner. Melnyk is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Nursing, the National Academies of Practice, and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She served a four-year term on the 16-member U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the National Institutes of Health’s National Advisory Council for Nursing Research. She currently serves as a member of the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Behavioral Health Standing Committee. Melnyk also serves as editor of the journal, Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing, and is a board member of the National Guideline Clearinghouse and the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse (NGC/NQMC).
Melnyk has received numerous national and international awards, including the Audrey Hepburn Award, Mary Tolle Wright Excellence in Leadership Award, and the International Nursing Research Hall of Fame Award from Sigma Theta Tau International; the Jessie Scott Award from the American Nurses Association for the improvement of healthcare quality through the integration of research, education and practice; the 2012 Midwest Nursing Research Society Senior Scientist award; the National Institute of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research’s inaugural director’s lectureship award; the 2017 Distinguished Researcher Award from the American Organization of Nurse Executives; and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Lifetime Achievement Award. She also has been recognized as an Edge Runner twice by the American Academy of Nursing for founding and directing the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners’ KySS (Keep Your Children/Yourself Safe and Secure) child and adolescent mental health national initiative and the COPE Program for parents of preterm infants.
Melnyk recently founded the National Interprofessional Education and Practice Collaborative to advance the Department of Health and Human Services’ Million Hearts® initiative to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. She also created and chaired the first three National Summits on Building Healthy Academic Communities and founded the National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities, a collaborative organization to improve population health in the nation’s institutions of higher learning, for which she serves as its first president.