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Education, research earn awards for UT Arlington nursing professors

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Media Contact: Traci Peterson

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Two UT Arlington College of Nursing professors will receive the Association of Black Nursing Faculty Lifetime Achievement in Education and Research Award at the organization’s 26th Annual Meeting and Scientific Conference in June. 

Phyllis Adams

Phyllis Adams

Maxine Adegbola has been an assistant professor at UT Arlington since 2008. Her research areas include sickle cell disease, chronic pain, genomics and health disparities. Phyllis Adams is a clinical associate professor. She came to UT Arlington in 1995 and is currently director of the UT Arlington Family Nurse Practitioner program. Her research interests include sickle cell, HIV and stress management.

“This award honors these professors' body of work and affirms the important role of research in a nurse scholars’ service to the community,” said College of Nursing Dean Elizabeth Poster. “They are role models for students and colleagues.”

Maxine Adegbola

Maxine Adegbola

Adams said her interest in sickle cell anemia stems from concern for the patients who suffer from the disease and require an advocate for their special needs.

“This award means so very much to me,” Adams said, adding that it will be an inspiration for her to continue work in the healthcare community through clinical activities, as well as education and research.

Adegbola said patients with chronic pain often don’t receive the same level of care as those in an acute situation. She’d like to find ways to relieve those disparities. Adegbola was among the National League for Nursing’s 2012 class of Academy of Nursing Education Fellows.

“It is a distinct pleasure to be recognized and I will continue to champion the need to offer healthcare that is tailored for individuals with specific needs and within their social contexts,” Adegbola said.

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