Congratulations to the U-M School of Nursing 2021 AAN Fellows

Three members of the U-M School of Nursing community were inducted as fellows of the American Academy of Nursing during an induction ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 9. Join us in congratulating Assistant Professor Terri Voepel-Lewis (Ph.D. '13) and alumni Lisa Astalos Chism (BSN ’90, MSN '94), DNP, and Kristen Choi (BSN ’14,  Ph.D. '17 ), who were inducted alongside more than 200 other distinguished nurse leaders in AAN's 2021 Class of Fellows, joining 20 other U-M School of Nursing faculty fellows.

Assistant Professor Terri Voepel-Lewis (Ph.D. '13)

Terri Voepel-Lewis is an associate professor in the School of Nursing with a joint appointment in the Department of Anesthesiology at University of Michigan. She has more than 40 years of experience in the field of pediatric nursing, with particular expertise in the area of acute pain assessment, management and analgesic-related outcomes. Her research related to pediatric pain assessment and postoperative outcomes has yielded more than 150 peer-reviewed publications, earning her national and international recognition. Dr. Voepel-Lewis’s research related to pediatric pain assessment has helped to shape clinical practice internationally. Additionally, her identification of risk factors associated with unsafe opioid outcomes in the hospital and home settings has informed practice and policy at the national level. Dr. Voepel-Lewis is currently funded by the National Institute on Drug Addiction to examine how persistent pain and comorbid psychologic and somatic symptoms during early adolescence may contribute to substance use and prescription drug misuse in later adolescence. She has also had recent NIDA funding to study the effect of a novel, interactive educational program to change parents’ and teens prescription opioid risk perceptions and improve their safe use of these drugs whilst managing pain. Dr. Voepel-Lewis’ ongoing research has the potential to inform best targets for preventing pain and symptom-motivated prescription drug misuse during adolescence.

Dr. Voepel-Lewis completed her BSN at Michigan State University and her MSN and Ph.D. at the University of Michigan.

Lisa Astalos Chism (BSN ’90, MSN '94), DNP

Lisa Astalos Chism is the clinical director of Oakland Macomb Center for Breast Health. Dr. Astalos Chism is also a certified menopause practitioner through the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) and an American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) certified sexuality counselor. Dr. Astalos Chism has also established a dedicated menopause and sexual health clinic caring for the menopausal and sexual health needs of women who have a history of breast cancer or are at elevated risk for breast cancer. She also serves as adjunct assistant professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine and as guest faculty at the University of Tennessee Memphis. Dr. Astalos Chism is a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and was selected as Menopause Practitioner of the Year in 2011. She currently serves on the Board of Directors at the North American Menopause Society. Dr. Astalos Chism was also appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to serve on a federal advisory committee with the CDC regarding breast cancer in young women. She is the author and editor of The Doctor of Nursing Practice: A Guidebook for Role Development and Professional Issues 5th Edition.

Dr. Astalos Chism earned her BSN, MS, and Post-Master’s from the University of Michigan and a DNP from Oakland University.

 Kristen Choi (BSN ’14,  Ph.D. '17 )

Kristen Choi is a child/adolescent psychiatric nurse and health services researcher. She is an assistant professor of nursing and public health at the University of California, Los Angeles, an adjunct investigator in the Department of Research & Evaluation at Kaiser Permanente Southern California, and an associate director of nursing for the UCLA National Clinician Scholars Program. Dr. Choi studies health services and policy approaches to mental health, trauma and violence among children, adolescents and other vulnerable populations. Her current research projects include studies on Autism Spectrum Disorder, adverse childhood experiences, homelessness and serious mental illness. Dr. Choi is studying implementation of California’s autism insurance mandate, its impact on access to therapy services and patient-centered outcomes for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Southern California. She is also studying interpersonal violence experiences in childhood and how they affect mental and physical health across the life course. As both a clinician and a scientist, Dr. Choi maintains a clinical practice as a registered nurse at a safety net psychiatric hospital in Los Angeles. She addresses child behavioral health from individual, family, system and policy levels in her research and is committed to improving the mental and physical health of children and communities.

Dr. Choi completed her BSN and Ph.D. at the University of Michigan and her MS in Health Policy and Management at UCLA.