Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing


Loyola school of nursing appoints associate dean for research

Veteran researcher and academician to guide young faculty

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Karyn Holm, PhD ’80, MS, BSN, FAAN, FAHA, has been named associate dean for research at Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (MNSON). She returns to Loyola after serving as a professor from 1992 – 2001 and as chair in the Department of Medical-Surgical Nursing from 1992 – 1999.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Holm has returned to Loyola,” said Vicki Keough, PhD, APRN-BC, ACNP, FAAN, dean, MNSON. “She is a seasoned nurse researcher and academician who brings valuable mentoring experience to this role. Her vast experience makes her an ideal fit to guide our young faculty and students.”

Holm comes to Loyola from DePaul University where she served as a Vincent de Paul professor and professor in the school of nursing. She was awarded the title of professor emerita at DePaul earlier this year. Prior to that, Holm held faculty, clinical and administrative positions at University of Illinois at Chicago, Rush University College of Nursing, and Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center.

“My career has prepared me to now help others shine,” Holm said. “I look forward to helping our next generation of faculty advance their work and see new possibilities in research that can promote the care of patients, families and communities.”

Holm is an accomplished researcher who has presented and published extensively. Her interest lies in the area of women’s health, heart disease, and functional and cognitive decline with repeated hospitalizations in the elderly. Holm has received numerous research grants and honors for her work, including DePaul University’s Women of Spirit and Action Award, a mentorship award from PhD students at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the SAGE Award from the Illinois Institute for Nursing Leadership. She also was named Marquette University women’s chair in humanistic studies.

In addition, she is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the American Heart Association. Holm also is a member of the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International, Midwest Nursing Research Society and the American Association of History in Nursing. She was recently appointed to the board of the Midwest Nursing History Research Center at the University of Illinois.