Lynn Gallagher-Ford, PhD, RN, DPFNAP, NE-BC, FAAN is director of the Center for Transdisciplinary Evidence-based Practice at The Ohio State University, College of Nursing. Gallagher-Ford’s clinical background in maternal child health and nursing administration has spanned 26 years in which she served in a variety of roles ranging from bedside clinician to chief nursing officer where she gained extensive experience and expertise in teaching and implementing evidence-based practice in real world clinical settings. Most recently, she has been an integral part of two centers at large universities where her work has been dedicated to research, education, and consultation focused on the development, promotion, integration, implementation, and sustainability of evidence-based practice in both academic and clinical settings.
Gallagher-Ford is currently active as a consultant, facilitator, panelist and keynote presenter at national and international conferences and education programs. Her publications include co-authorship of a recent study conducted with Bernadette Melnyk, that resulted in the establishment of EBP competencies for practicing RNs and APNs, published in Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing in January 2014, as well as a study in 2013 entitled “The State of Evidence-Based Practice in US Nurses: Critical Implications for Nurse Leaders and Educators” in the Journal of Nursing Administration. She also contributed as a lead author in theAmerican Journal of NursingEBP Series which received the Sigma Theta Tau Publication Award for 2011. She is editor of the new column; “Implementing and Sustaining EBP in Real World Healthcare Settings” in Worldviews On Evidence-based Nursing which will feature best evidence-based strategies and innovative ideas on how to promote and sustain evidence-based practices and cultures in clinical organizations.
Gallagher-Ford’s research is focused on evidence-based practice of nurses with particular focus on the influence of nurse leaders and contextual issues.
She was inducted into the National Academies of Practice and the Nursing Academy as a Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow in 2013.
Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk is currently the Associate 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. Dr. Melnyk earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree 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 and child and adolescent mental health, and is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences on these topics. Dr. 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 19 million dollars of sponsored funding from federal agencies as principal investigator and over 250 publications. Dr. Melnyk is co-editor of four books, including Evidence-based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare: A Guide to Best Practice, Implementing EBP: Real World Success Stories, A Practical Guide to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Screening, Early Intervention and Health Promotion, and Intervention Research: Designing, Conducting, Analyzing and Funding. A Practical Guide for Success, an American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award. Dr. Melnyk is an elected fellow of the Institute 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 United States Preventive Services Task Force and currently serves as a member of the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Behavioral Health Steering Committee, the National Institutes of Health’s National Advisory Council for Nursing Research, and the Centers for Disease Control Laboratory Best Practices Workgroup. Dr. Melnyk also serves as editor of the journal, Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing, and is a board member of U.S. Healthiest and the National Guideline Clearinghouse and the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse.
Dr. Melnyk has received numerous national and international awards, including the Audrey Hepburn Award, Mary Tolle Wright Excellence in Leadership Award, 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 NIH/National Institute of Nursing Research’s inaugural director’s lectureship award, 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 child and adolescent mental health program and her COPE Program for parents of preterm infants.
Dr. 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 National Summit on Building Healthy Academic Communities in April of 2013 that drew over 300 leaders from 93 Universities and colleges across the U.S. and founded the National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities, a collaborative effort to improve population health in the nation’s institutions of higher learning.
Assistant Professor of Practice & Assistant Director CTEP The Ohio State University College of Nursing
Cindy graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing, secured her masters in education from the University of Dayton and her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from The Ohio State University. She spent 15 years working in adult critical care medicine before going to school nursing, where she spent the last 15 years working with children between the ages of 3 and 21 in a culturally diverse and socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhood on the west side of Columbus OH. During her doctoral education, she worked at CTEP and is an EBP mentor. Cindy created the first school nurse-led EBP team in the country and has created a collaboration between school nursing and public health nursing leaders at the state and national levels.
Kristen is Program Manager for the Center for Transdisciplinary Evidence-based Practice (CTEP). In her role she coordinates the immersions for CTEP, attends conferences representing CTEP and the College of Nursing. Kristen has been at the university since 2017.
Bindu is the Technology Coordinator for the Center for Transdisciplinary Evidence-based Practice (CTEP). In her role she coordinates the technology needs for all the CTEP programs including clinical and academic immersions. She helps with design, development and management of the online programs offered through CTEP and the maintenance and design of the CTEP website. She also provides support to conduct research projects related to EBP, including planning, implementation, and evaluation of each project.