NINR Announces New Acting Scientific Director

Dr. Armstrong

NINR is pleased to announce that Terri S. Armstrong, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN, FAANP will join the Institute as Acting Scientific Director, effective February 3, 2020.

In this capacity, Dr. Armstrong will lead NINR’s Division of Intramural Research in its work to examine the symptoms of chronic conditions and train the next generation of nurse scientists. Dr. Armstrong will bring her expertise in strategic planning, organizational development, and team science to this important leadership position.

Dr. Armstrong is on loan to NINR for 6 months – referred to at NIH as a detail – from the National Cancer Institute, where she serves as Senior Investigator and Deputy Chief of the Neuro-Oncology Branch, Center for Cancer Research. A trained clinician and scientist for nearly 30 years, her primary area of research encompasses the investigation of interventions that reduce symptom burden on brain tumor patients.

Dr. Armstrong obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Akron in Ohio, and, following a few years of clinical practice as a staff nurse, pursued a Master of Science in Oncology from The Ohio State University. She also completed a Post-master’s Nurse Practitioner Certificate and was soon after introduced to the field of neuro-oncology. Realizing that her passion lay in understanding disease burden for patients and their caregivers, she became an instructor and adjunct faculty member at Emory University, where her experience drove her to later pursue a PhD in order to eventually lead an independent research program.

Dr. Armstrong was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in 2009 and as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2013.


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