uc irvine school of nursing professors yuqing guo and dawn bounds, fellows in american academy of nursing

Assistant Professor Dawn Bounds, left, and Associate Professor Yuqing Guo.

The American Academy of Nursing has announced that Assistant Professor Dawn Bounds and Associate Professor Yuqing Guo will be inducted as fellows at its annual ceremony this October.

Induction into the academy is a significant milestone in a nurse leader’s career in which their accomplishments are honored by their colleagues within and outside the profession. Fellows are selected based on their contributions and impact to advance the public’s health.

Building adolescent GRIT

Bounds, who joined the UCI Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing faculty two years ago, has established herself as a leader and a changemaker in the field of youth mental health.

She leads the Centering Youth & Families for Empowerment and Resilience (CYFER) Lab where she mentors UCI Susan & Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences students to serve as health coaches for adversity-impacted youth and their caregivers through her community-engaged study, Garnering Resilience in Traumatized Youth and Families (GRIT).

Bounds created GRIT for pediatric providers to refer their patients after screening for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) to and stem Orange County’s crisis-level shortage of mental health care providers.

Bounds will also spend the next three years studying how overlapping pandemics impacted youth and building a resilience-empowered virtual village through the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators.

Maternal health in underserved communities

Guo’s timely and impactful research is directly addressing the country’s worsening maternal health crisis.

She is currently leading a four-year, $2 million study funded by the National Science Foundation, UNITE: Smart, Connected, and Coordinated Maternal Care for Underserved Communities.

Guo’s study is developing a personalized digital maternal health model that includes wearable technology, mindful exercise and health coaching to increase access to preventive emotional health and coordinated care.

Guo is also creating an elementary school-based program to address the critical mental health crisis on three fronts: an Emotional Resilient Module for children, a Training Module for teachers and a Support Module for parents.

SON faculty FAANs

Bounds and Guo join other current UCI nursing faculty who are academy fellows:

Through a competitive, rigorous application process, the Academy’s Fellow Selection Committee reviewed a record number of applications, representing a 30% increase from the previous year, to select the 2022 Fellows.

Bounds and Guo were two of 250 individuals selected to be inducted. The 2022 Fellows represent 35 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 17 countries.

About the academy and ceremony

The American Academy of Nursing is an honorific society that recognizes nursing’s most accomplished leaders in policy, research, practice, administration, and academia. Academy Fellows, from nearly 40 countries, hold a wide variety of influential roles in health care. Induction into the Fellowship represents more than recognition of one’s accomplishments within the nursing profession.

Fellows contribute their collective expertise to the academy, engaging with health leaders nationally and globally to improve health and achieve health equity by impacting policy through nursing leadership, innovation, and science.

The 2022 inductees will be recognized for their significant contributions to health and health care at the Academy’s annual Health Policy Conference, taking place on Oct. 27-29, 2022, in Washington, DC.

Once the newest fellows are inducted, the academy will comprise more than 3,000 leaders who are experts in policy, research, administration, practice, and academia that champion health and wellness, locally and globally.