LAFAYETTE, LA - Dr. Paula Zeanah, a University of Louisiana at Lafayette educator has been named to the American Academy of Nursing's 2021 Class of Fellows. Zeanah is UL Lafayette's second academy Fellow in as many years.
Dr. Melinda Oberleitner, dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, was named a Fellow of the AAN last year.
Zeanah is Louisiana's only Fellow selected for the 2021 class. She has experience working as a pediatric nurse and clinical psychologist in a variety of settings, primarily with children and their families. Physical and mental health; perinatal, infant, and early childhood mental health; adolescent and early adult sexuality; and chronic illness in children and adolescents are among her areas of expertise.
She holds the BORSF Endowed Chair in Nursing at Lafayette General Medical Center/Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in the University's College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, where she conducts research and teaches graduate students about population health and primary care.
Zeanah is one of 225 nursing leaders chosen this year to become American Academy of Nursing Fellows from 38 states, the District of Columbia, and 17 countries. They join an elite group of over 2,900 experts in policy, research, administration, practice, and academia who advocate for health and wellness.
Zeanah is being honored for her contributions to education, practice, and policy that focus on the mental health needs of vulnerable mothers, infants, and children at the state, national, and international levels. She is also being recognized for her leadership in addressing childhood adversity and trauma by amplifying needs and advancing innovative mental health approaches for populations.
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