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Wolfe honored during National Nurses Week

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Dr. Barbara Wolfe being recognized as the second recipient of The Institute of Living Annie Goodrich Distinguished Nurse Leadership Award

A Double Celebration At The Institute of Living

On May 9, during National Nurses Week, Dr. Barbara Wolfe, associate dean for Research at Boston College, William F. Connell School of Nursing was recognized as the second recipient of The Institute of Living Annie Goodrich Distinguished Nurse Lectureship Award. The award was created to celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments and rich legacy of Dr. Goodrich, who was consulting director of Nursing at the IOL from 1938-1941 and established its nationally famous postgraduate program in psychiatric nursing.

Dr. Wolfe, a celebrated speaker, prolific writer and nurse researcher, was chosen to receive this award because she exemplifies Goodrich’s values: excellence in scholarship, teaching and in advancing psychiatric nursing practice. She received the award after her Grand Rounds presentation, entitled “Neurotransmitter Regulation and Eating Behavior.”

Dr. Wolfe’s clinical expertise is in the care of women with eating disorders. Her research, funded over the past two decades by the National Institute of Mental Health, focuses on the relationship between biological correlates of clinical symptoms having implications for intervention and relapse prevention.

She is past president of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, and recently served on the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-5 Workgroup for Eating Disorders which will be released this month.

In addition to her work at the IOL in the 1930s and 1940s, Annie Goodrich was organizing dean of the Army School of Nursing, first dean of Yale University School of Nursing, and president of the International Council of Nurses and the American Nurses’ Association. She died in 1954 at the age of 88, and in 1976 she was inducted into the American Nurses Association Hall of Fame.

On May 1, renovations were completed for a room at The Institute of Living Library and renamed in honor of Dr. Goodrich, in recognition of all the nurses at the IOL, past, present and future, who have dedicated themselves to the care of patients with psychiatric illness.

More about the Institute of Living here.