Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing has announced that Laura Hayman, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA, professor of nursing in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS), was selected for induction into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. Hayman will be inducted in a ceremony at the society’s International Nursing Research Congress in Melbourne, Australia this July. As an adjunct professor of medicine in the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Hayman is considered an expert in the prevention of childhood obesity and cardiovascular disease.
Hayman is not new to being recognized for her contributions to interdisciplinary research on biobehavioral risk factors for cardiovascular/cardiometabolic conditions. With over 150 publications to her credit, Hayman is a fellow of the American Heart Association, American Academy of Nursing, Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. Her interdisciplinary and translational research has been funded by several Institutes within the National Institutes of Health, including the National Institute of Nursing Research and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Currently, she is collaborating with colleagues in both departments of CNHS on externally and internally funded clinical, community-based, and translational research that is focused on promoting cardiovascular health across the life course and preventing obesity and risk for cardiometabolic conditions in diverse, vulnerable populations.
While consistently mentoring students and faculty, Hayman has continued to be active in her research. In addition to serving as a professor of nursing and teaching in CNHS’ doctoral program, she was UMass Boston’s associate vice provost for research from 2012 to 2017. Prior to this, Hayman served as the college’s first associate dean for research from 2007 to 2012.
Coming full circle, Hayman is once again back teaching, mentoring, and researching in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.