Nursing Professor Karen Aroian has been invited to present her research at the 2014 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research conference on Thursday, Sept. 18 in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Aroian is one of nine nurse researchers selected by the Congress committee to showcase her research to the entire conference audience during a special “Presentations of Distinction” time slot. Based on the quality of her work, her abstract, Substantive Application of Cross-lagged SEM for Testing Diathesis-stress Theory, was reviewed and chosen out of more than 500 submissions.

“I am so honored to have been selected as a presenter of distinction,” said Aroian, the Chatlos Foundation Endowed Chair in the College of Nursing. “It’s such a great feeling to know that my research is advancing our understanding of stress and health outcomes.”  

With more than 30 years of federal and private funding, Aroian has received numerous honors and awards for her research.

“Dr. Aroian is internationally known for her research, especially in the area of immigrant health. She was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame in 2013. This is another honor that we are proud of,” stated Mary Lou Sole, interim dean of the UCF College of Nursing.

As a promoter of better health through nursing science, the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science will host the biennial State of Science Congress Sept. 18-19. The conference is one of the largest gatherings of nurse researchers with 750 attendees who will examine and discuss more than 540 research presentations. The main focus will be on the many innovative approaches that nurse scientists are applying to emerging science, including trends in Big Data and in the BRAIN initiative.  

Established in 2000 as an open membership entity of the American Academy of Nursing, the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science ( serves as a strong voice for nurse scientists at the national and international levels; supports the development, conduct and utilization of nursing science; and facilitates lifelong learning opportunities for nurse scientists.

Article written by Ivanna Alayon