Katharine A. Lembright Award

Award Application Window: April 15–June 19, 2020 at 8 p.m. (Central Time)

The Katharine A. Lembright Award and Lecture recognizes and encourages excellence in cardiovascular research by established nurse scientists. It honors Katharine A. Lembright, who as the American Heart Association's assistant director for nursing from 1960-81, played an important role in the development and growth of the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing (CVSN).

Eligibility Criteria

  • The candidate must be a current AHA partner and have maintained membership in the council for a minimum of five years.
  • The candidate must have an established track record in cardiovascular research (grants and publications).
  • The candidate must have been actively involved in the American Heart Association.
  • The candidate must be available to present a state-of-the-art lecture at the AHA Scientific Sessions.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Candidate has received national recognition of research (awards, national presentations, national research committees and study section).
  • Candidate has published articles in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Candidate has been involved in the AHA at the affiliate, local or national level within the last five years with a history of contributions to AHA goals and objectives. Involvement may be demonstrated by any of the following:
    • Council officer and/or committee member
    • News contributor
    • Board member
    • Events chairperson and/or volunteer
    • ACLS or PALS instructor
    • Speaker

How to Apply/Required Documents

Individuals may be nominated an unlimited number of times, but may receive this award only once. Self-nomination is acceptable.

Electronic submission through the Council Awards Application System is required. Hard copies of any part of the nomination cannot be accepted.

Renominations are encouraged for those not selected; however, the nominator must be willing to update the nomination package in subsequent cycles.

The nomination file (submitted on the nominee’s behalf) should contain the following documents in PDF format:

  • A letter of recommendation from a colleague who can evaluate the candidate's research contributions. The letter must address each of the major award evaluation criteria and indicate what distinguishes the candidate in each criterion.
  • A copy of the candidate's curriculum vitae.
  • Up to two optional additional letters of support from individuals familiar with the nominee's background or research may be submitted in the nomination file. All letters must be drafted on electronic letterhead with a signature, if possible.

Visit the Council Awards Application System to complete a nomination.

A username and password previously set up through online profile registration at Professional Heart Daily will be necessary to access the Application System. If you have not created an online profile yet, please visit Professional Heart Daily to create an online partner profile before accessing the Council Awards Application System. AHA Professional Partners who are creating an online profile for the first time should make sure to register using their AHA membership identification numbers.


The winner will present a state-of-the-art lecture during Scientific Sessions and will be recognized at the Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing Council’s annual dinner at Scientific Sessions. The winner will also receive:

  • $2,000 honorarium
  • Engraved plaque
  • Round-trip coach airfare to the conference at the 21-day advance purchase rate
  • One-night hotel accommodations at the conference rate
  • Ground transportation expenses to attend the conference
  • Up to $70 in meal reimbursement
  • Complimentary registration to Scientific Sessions
  • Two complimentary council dinner tickets

Award Recipients

Award Recipients
2019 Terry A. Lennie, PhD, RN, FAHA 2002 Joanne S. Harrell, PhD, RN, FAAN
2018 Cynthia M. Dougherty, PhD, ARNP, FAHA 2001 Barbara J. Drew, RN, PhD
2017 Shirley M. Moore, PhD, RN, FAHA 2000 Dorie Schwertz, PhD
2016 Simon Stewart, PhD 1999 Sandra B. Dunbar, RN, DSN, FAAN
2015 Susan J. Pressler, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA 1998 Jerilyn K. Allen, RN, ScD
2014 Nancy Artinian, PhD, RN, FAHA, FPCNA, FAAN 1997 Laura Hayman, PhD, RN, FAAN
2013 Tiny Jaarsma, RN, PhD 1996 Karyn Holm, PhD, RN, FAAN
2012 Pamela Mitchell, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN 1995 Susan L. Woods, PhD, RN
2011 Marjorie Funk, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN 1994 Marguerite Kinney, DNSc, RN, FAAN
2010 Lora Burke, PhD, RN, MPH, FAHA 1993 Kathleen Dracup, DNSc, RN, FAAN
2009 Jean McSweeney, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN 1992 Carolyn L. Murdaugh, PhD, RN, FAAN
2008 Mariann Piano, RN, PhD, FAAN, FAHA 1991 Susan R. Gortner, PhD, RN, FAAN
2007 Kathleen Grady, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA 1990 Elizabeth Hahn Winslow, PhD, RN, FAAN
2006 Debra Moser, PhD, DNSc, RN, FAHA 1989 Erika S. Sivarajan Froelicher, PhD, RN, FAAN
2005 Barbara Riegel, DNSc, RN 1988 Linda J. Baumann, PhD, RN
2004 Diane Becker, RN, ScD, MPH 1987 Marie J. Cowan, PhD, RN, FAAN
2003 Martha N. Hill, PhD, BSN, MSN



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