Judith Fry-McCormish, PhD, IMH-E® (IV) was among 172 global nurse leaders who were honored for outstanding contributions to, and achievements in, nursing. Dr. Fry-McCormish received the most prestigious honor in nursing: fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). She was honored for outstanding contributions to, and achievements in, nursing. Dr. Fry-McCormish is an Associate Professor at Wayne State University and focuses her research on infant mental health, clinical interventions for mothers and infants, and autism spectrum disorder. Her work has contributed to improvements in subsatnce abuse treatment for pregnant and parenting women, and improved care for women with in adequate parental care and those experiencing perinatal depression. Her doula care research helped devise innovative methods to promote mothers’ mental health through development and design of a smartphone application addressing perinatal depressive symptoms.
She is the recipient of the DONA International John Kennell adn Marshall Klaus Award for Research Excellence for her research on postpartum doula care. As an educator, she led the development of the dual-title PhD and DNP degree programs in nursing and infant mental health at Wayne State University and Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute. It is the only known program of its kind in the world.
Fellowship selection criteria include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care, and sponsorship by two Academy Fellows. Selection is based, in part, on the extent the nominee’s nursing career has influenced health policies and the health and well-being of all.