School of Nursing Ph.D. student named 2012 Jonas Scholar


September 12, 2012
Contact: John Martellaro, (816) 235-1592

 UMKC School of Nursing student named 2012 Jonas Scholar
Prestigious scholarship program recognizes future academic leaders in nursing education

Danielle Perkins, a Ph.D. student in the UMKC School of Nursing, has been named a 2012 Jonas Scholar by the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence.  In addition to her doctoral studies, Perkins serves as a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Adult Health at the Indiana University School of Nursing. Her area of research focuses on the limitation of traditional screening instruments for depression in young African-American men.

“Although Danielle is one of the youngest students in our PhD program, her student peers look to her as a frequent spokesperson for the group — her leadership skills are clearly demonstrated in both in-person and on-line communications,” said Patricia Kelly, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the UMKC School of Nursing.  “I definitely consider her one of our rising stars at UMKC.”

The goal of the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program is to increase the number of doctorally prepared faculty available to teach in nursing schools nationwide.  Supported by the Jonas Family Fund at the Jewish Communal Fund, the program provides financial assistance, leadership development, and mentoring support to expand the pipeline of future nurse faculty into research-focused and practice-focused doctoral nursing programs.

About the UMKC School of Nursing
The UMKC School of Nursing offers a full range of education programs including a four-year bachelor’s degree (BSN), an RN-BSN, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) and the Ph.D. in Nursing. Research at the UMKC School of Nursing is focused on Women’s and Children’s health and the school is a center of excellence in the provision of health care and education in these areas, emphasizing urban health care and wellness. For more information about the UMKC School of Nursing, visit You can also find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City
The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit  You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

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