Afaf I. Meleis

University of Pennsylvania, USA

Afaf I. Meleis serves as the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Philadelphia, Pa, USA), Professor of Nursing and Sociology, and Director of the School’s WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership. Prior to coming to Penn, she worked as a Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of California , Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif, USA) and the University of California, San Francisco (San Francisco, Calif, USA). She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing in the UK and the American Academy of Nursing; a Member of the Institute of Medicine, the George W. Bush Presidential Center Women ’ s Initiative Policy Advisory Council, and the NIH Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health; a Board Member of CARE and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health; and Chair of the Lancet Commission on Women and Health. Dr. Meleis is also President Emerita and Counsel General Emerita of the International Council on Women’s Health Issues (ICOWHI). Her research scholarship is focused on the structure and organization of nursing knowledge, transitions and health, and immigrant and women’s health. She is the author of more than 175 articles in social sciences, nursing, and medical journals; over 40 chapters; 7 books; and numerous monographs and proceedings. Awards she has received include the Egyptian Presidential Honorary Award for Excellence and International Contributions in Nursing and an Honorary Doctorate of Medicine from the Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden. More recently, Dr. Meleis received the Phyllis N. Stern Distinguished Lecture Award from the International Council on Women’s Health Issues, and she was inducted into the UCLA School of Nursing Hall of Fame. Dr. Meleis graduated magna cum laude from Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt (1961), and earned an M.S. degree in nursing (1964), an M.A. degree in sociology (1966), and a Ph.D. degree in medical and social psychology (1968) from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Biography Updated on 8 January 2013

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