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Eminent Scholars
Ruth Tappen, EdD, RN, FAAN
Christine E. Lynn Eminent Scholar
 
 
Ruth Tappen, EdD, RN, FAAN is a professor and the Christine E. Lynn Eminent Scholar of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing.
 
Dr. Tappen has been the principal investigator on several studies related to management of Alzheimer's and related memory disorders and recently completed several major studies including: Effect of Exercise on Function in Nursing Home Residents with Alzheimer's Disease; Culture Bias in Testing Expressive Ability in Dementia, funded by the National Institute for Nursing Research; and Blended Role Advanced Practice in Gerontological Nursing program at FAU, funded by the Division of Nursing, Bureau of Health Professions of Health Resources and Services Administration.  She recently completed a study on memory screening for members of ethnic minority groups.  
 
Dr. Tappen was the director of a project to implement an innovative model of nursing care in a long-term care facility, "Nurse-Managed Family Follow-Up in Long Term Care."  Her books on caring for individuals with Alzheimer's disease, Interventions for Alzheimer's Disease: A Caregiver's Comprehensive Guide, and another co-authored with Anita Beckerman, It Takes More Than Love: A Practical Guide to Taking Care of an Aging Adult were published by Health Professions Press. 
 
Dr. Tappen was the director of the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center from 2000 -2006.  Located on FAU's Boca Raton campus, the Center offers a wide range of services and programs to individuals with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease and related memory disorders and their families, and receives more than 12,000 visits each year. 
 
A Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, Dr. Tappen serves on the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects at Miami Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged.  She is the First Vice President for the Alzheimer's Association Southeast Chapter and  is a board member of the Johnnie B. Byrd, Sr. Alzheimer's Disease and Research Institute.
 
Dr. Tappen received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Wagner College in Staten Island, New York.  She earned her masters and doctoral degrees in nursing education from Teachers College of Columbia University in New York, New York, and she completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona in Tucson. 
 
For more information on Dr. Tappen and her accomplishments, Research, & Teaching, Please visit her Faculty Page.

Marlaine C. Smith, RN, PhD, AHN-BC, FAAN
Helen K. Persson Eminent Scholar
 
Marlaine Smith, RN, PhD, AHN-BC, FAAN is the Dean and the Helen K. Persson Eminent Scholar for the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing.
 
For the past 20 years, Dr. Smith has been conducting research related to touch therapies, specifically examining how massage, therapeutic touch, simple touch, and hand massage mediate pain, symptom distress, sleep, quality of life, and other experiences for patients facing various health-related challenges. In addition, Dr. Smith is known for: analyzing, extending, and applying existing nursing theories.  She has completed four studies related to outcomes of touch therapies and was invited to participate on the Samueli Institute's interdisciplinary scientific panel to advance guidelines for the study of healing.  Her work in theory development includes concept analyses, testing, and extending nursing theories, meta-theoretical commentaries, and developing and evaluating models of theory-guided practice.
 
A student and practitioner of holistic approaches to health and healing, self-reflection, and spiritual development, Dr. Smith is a board certified Advanced Holistic Nurse. She has studied therapeutic touch, Reiki, High Touch Jin Shin, guided imagery, and meditation and has completed a certificate program in aromatherapy. She is passionate about developing the discipline of nursing, unitary, and caring perspectives in nursing, and transforming healthcare through holistic approaches to healing.
 
Dr. Smith earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Duquesne University.  She received her Master's of Public Health and Master's of Nursing Education degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and her PhD from New York University.  She is a fellow of both the American Academy of Nursing and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's Leadership in Academic Nursing Program. In 1999, Dr. Smith received the National League for Nursing's Martha E. Rogers Award for her contributions to the advancement of nursing science.
 
Dr. Smith worked as a nurse on acute medical-surgical units, as an urban pubic health nurse, and as a supervisor in long-term care.  Her career as a nurse educator began in 1976 when she held her first faculty position at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Following that, she taught at Penn State University, LaRoche College, and the University of Colorado at Denver School of Nursing where she held positions as the Director of the Masters Program, Director of the Center for Integrative Caring Practice, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. 
 
For more information on Dr. Smith and her accomplishments, Research, & Teaching, Please visit her Faculty Page.
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