Kathleen O'Connell, Ph.D., '69 has been awarded the Alumni Career Achievement Award by the College of Mount St. Joseph.
This award is given to Mount graduates for outstanding achievement in their career or vocational fields.
O'Connell graduated from the Mount in 1969 with a degree in nursing, and became a nurse in the United States Navy Corps. Later, she earned her master's and doctoral degrees in psychology from the University of Kansas, and became a psychologist at the Midwest Research Institute, and also served as an assistant professor in the University of Kansas School of Nursing.
In August 1999, O'Connell was named the Isabel Maitland Stewart Professor of Nursing Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she currently remains. While at Columbia, she has been the coordinator of the nursing education program and has served as the acting chair of the department of health and behavior studies. She has also been a visiting scholar at both the University of British Columbia and the University of Pittsburgh. She developed an innovative diabetes education and management online master's degree and certificate program at Teachers College and is currently developing an online doctorate in nursing education.
O'Connell will receive her award on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at the convocation during the Mount's Reunion Weekend.