Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing


Niehoff Professor Named American Academy of Nursing Fellow

Niehoff Professor Named American Academy of Nursing Fellow

From left: Carol Ferrans, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and associate dean for Research, University of Illinois College of Nursing; Sue Penckofer, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and faculty scholar, MNSON; and Ida Androwich, PhD, RN, BC, FAAN, professor, MNSON.

Sue Penckofer, PhD, RN, was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing on Oct. 19, 2013. This event took place at the Academy’s 40th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Dr. Penckofer is a professor at Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (MNSON).

“I am honored to join this esteemed group,” Dr. Penckofer said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to advance the profession of nursing and improve health care nationwide.”

Selection for membership in the academy is one of the most prestigious honors in the field of nursing. The academy fellows represent the top nurse researchers, policymakers, scholars, executives, educators, and practitioners. This new class of fellows represents all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 19 countries. Dr. Penckofer was among 172 fellows inducted in to the academy. She was named a fellow for her contributions to the field of nursing for her work in improving women’s cardiovascular health, particularly for women afflicted with diabetes who are at greatest risk for cardiac morbidity and mortality.

The academy is composed of more than 2,000 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy and research. Selection criteria include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care and sponsorship by two current academy fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel of elected and appointed fellows, and selection is based, in part, on the extent to which nominees’ nursing careers influence health policies and well-being.

Dr. Penckofer earned her bachelor of science and master of science in nursing and her doctorate from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been an educator and researcher for more than 30 years and is recognized nationally and internationally for her expertise in women’s cardiovascular health, depression, diabetes, and vitamin D deficiency.

Her research on how emotions can affect overall health and quality of life has helped to transform the care delivered to women with diabetes. She also has made substantive contributions to promoting awareness and understanding of key health issues that disproportionately affect women in minority and underserved populations.