Two faculty members join GW Nursing’s core research team

Professors gate on GW campus
December 21, 2018

Two new faculty members joined the school this month, rounding out its research team and adding to its cadre of policy-focused faculty.

Richard Ricciardi, PhD, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN, who is also president-elect of Sigma Theta Tau International, the nursing honorary society, comes to GW Nursing as a professor and health policy faculty. He previously worked at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, where he served as the Director, Division of Practice Improvement. Prior to that, Dr. Ricciardi served on active duty in the Army for 30 years and held clinical, research, and senior leadership positions within the Department of Defense, including as a pediatric and family nurse practitioner, research scientist, and educator. His scholarly interests include implementation science, preventing and mitigating adverse body composition and sedentary behavior, and the role of nursing in the delivery of primary care.

Sherrie Flynt Wallington, PhD, is an assistant professor specializing in health disparities and oncology research, coming to GW Nursing from the Georgetown University Medical Center and the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, where she served as an assistant professor of oncology. Dr. Wallington teaches and conducts research on the role of health communication, health promotion, and community-based participatory research strategies that particularly focus on cancer prevention, cancer health disparities, and clinical trials. She has specific research interests in prostate cancer, breast cancer, and cancers associated with the human papillomavirus (HPV). Her health disparities and cancer research is supported by the American Cancer Society, the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute.

Drs. Ricciardi and Wallington join the growing list of faculty working with GW Nursing’s Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement. Recent new policy-focused hires also included Drs. Melissa Batchelor-Murphy who directs the Center for Aging, Health and HumanitiesDavid Keepnews and Y. Tony Yang