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2017 Jean Kelley Lecture Harper Kelley McSweeney 3The 2017 Jean Kelley Lecturer was Dr. Jean McSweeney and the title of her lecture was "Developing a Prediction Model of CHD in Women: Emerging Risk Factors and Symptoms".   The lecture took place on June 7 at 8:30 in the Learning Resource center.  Click here for photos from the event

Jean McSweeney, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN

Dr. McSweeney is a professor and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She belongs to many professional organizations and served on the Advisory Council for the National Institute of Nursing Research and the NIH Council of Councils. She is a Fellow in the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Academy of Nursing.

Dr. McSweeney is a pioneer in women’s cardiovascular disease and published the first study describing women’s symptoms. Her studies have received international media coverage. She has published in numerous scientific journals and was the lead author on “Preventing and Experiencing Ischemic Heart Disease as a Woman: State of the Science.” She has received many awards including the AHA’s Katharine A. Lembright Award. She is a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing and of the University of Texas at Arlington.


About the Jean Kelley Endowed Lecture

Jean KelleyThe Dr. Jean A. Kelley Endowed Lectureship was established in 1989 to honor the retiring Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. Dr. Jean Kelley left an enduring legacy: pioneering the first doctoral program in the Southeast, carrying the School’s master’s program to outlying communities, and educating nurses to aspire to the highest levels of achievement.

The concept of a visiting lectureship began with Dr. Kelley’s vision of providing the doctoral students and faculty the unique experience of having both a formal and informal academic exchange with a different renowned scholar each year. Dr. Kelley’s teaching methods are just as significant today as they were so many years ago.

The Dr. Jean A. Kelley Endowed Lectureship was an appropriate tribute for a woman whose exceptional leadership and management skills helped shape and build the UAB School of Nursing’s graduate and doctoral programs. The Lectureship symbolizes Dr. Kelley’s legacy of mentoring students, graduates, and colleagues; perpetuates her high standards of education; and sustains her belief that established scholars should guide and encourage the scholars of the future.


Past Jean Kelley Lecturers