College of Nursing Professor Lora Humphrey Beebe was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing on October 7. The Academy serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. Academy members, known as Fellows, are nursing’s most accomplished leaders.
Working with an interdisciplinary research team, Beebe developed TIPS—Telephone Intervention–Problem solving for Schizophrenia spectrum disorders. A schedule of regular phone calls from a trained provider helps people with SSDs address any problems they may be having with medication. It also assists in related areas such as scheduling and keeping medical appointments, managing their symptoms, abstaining from alcohol and other drugs, and interpersonal problems.
TIPS was developed and tested with federal funding from the National Institutes of Health and the US Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Beebe also led the development and testing of the Recovery-based Interprofessional Distance Education (RIDE) rotation—a series of web based and in-person modules for training graduate students in the provision of team-based care for persons with schizophrenia spectrum disorders.
Beebe’s research informs psychiatric nursing practice, shapes nursing education nationally and internationally, and has been published and presented in both nursing and non-nursing venues. She is a three-time recipient of the Excellence in Research Award from the American Psychiatric Nurses’ Association, and book review editor for Issues in Mental Health Nursing. She received her bachelors of science in nursing from Marshall University, and her masters of Science and doctor of philosophy from the University of Kentucky.