Melissa Spezia Faulkner

University of Arizona, USA

Melissa Spezia Faulkner received a B.S.N. degree from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Ill, USA, a M.S.N. degree in parent-child nursing and nursing administration from the University of Evansville, Evansville, IN, USA, and a D.S.N. degree in maternal-child nursing and nursing education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Ala, USA. She is currently the Gladys E. Sorensen Endowed Professor in Diabetes Research and Education at the University of Arizona, College of Nursing, Tucson, Ariz, USA. Since 1984, Dr. Faulkner has held academic appointments at Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Mo, USA, the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Memphis, Tenn, USA, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Ill, USA, and Arizona State University, Phoenix, Ariz, USA. She has extensive experience in child health, particularly pediatric diabetes, and has taught undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students, as well as interdisciplinary courses. Dr. Faulkner has an established program of extramurally funded research focusing on the psychosocial and physiological alterations, particularly cardiovascular risks, associated with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes in adolescents. Dr. Faulkner’s current research is aimed at the development and testing of a community-based, personalized exercise intervention for teens with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. She has numerous publications and has presented her research nationally and internationally. She presently serves as the only nurse representative on the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Medical and Scientific Oversight Committee, in addition to being President of the Phoenix ADA Community Leadership Board. Dr. Faulkner was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 2007.

Biography Updated on 27 January 2011

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