Linda Janusek, RN, PhD, FAAN, has received the 2013 Senior Scientist Award from the Midwest Nursing Research Society. Janusek is a professor and the Niehoff Endowed Chair for Research at Loyola University Chicago’s Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing in Maywood, Ill.
Every year, the Midwest Nursing Research Society presents awards to members of the society who have made significant contributions to the profession of nursing through research. Janusek was among four investigators who received this award at the Midwest Nursing Research Society Annual Meeting in Chicago this year.
"It was an honor to be recognized for my scientific achievements and a privilege to be included among an esteemed group of nurse scientists," Janusek said in a news release. "I look forward to continuing my research to advance understanding of how psychosocial stress increases risk for poor health across the lifespan."
Janusek is a National Institutes of Health-funded researcher whose work focuses on the impact of psychosocial stress on physical and behavioral responses in vulnerable populations. Her research has demonstrated the detrimental effects of psychological stress on the immune system related to cancer control. Most recently, she discovered early life adversity predisposes women with breast cancer to an impaired immune response to cancer and to more intense and persistent behavioral symptoms such as depression, fatigue and perceived stress.
Janusek most recently has extended her research to the field of behavioral epigenetics, an area of science that seeks to explain how a person’s psychosocial environment is translated to the genome to influence risk for disease across the lifespan. Her research investigates epigenetic mechanisms that link psychosocial stress and social disadvantage to poor health.
"Linda has made significant contributions to advance nursing research and guide our profession," Nancy Hogan, RN, PhD, FAAN, distinguished professor and director of research at Marcella Niehoff, said in the release. "Her work demonstrates the positive impact that empowering individuals to self-manage stress-related symptoms can have on health."