Dr. Zim Okoli Named KNA Outstanding Nurse Researcher of the Year

Zim Okoli PhD, MPH, MSN, RN, NCTTP, Behavioral Health Wellness Environments for Living and Learning (BH WELL) Director, was awarded Outstanding Nurse Researcher of the Year from the Kentucky Nurses Association (KNA).

Dr. Okoli’s contribution to nursing science includes $6.3 million in funded research projects (as PI, Co-PI or Co-I), 91 publications (majority as first author) and 93 presentations (majority as first author and at the national and/or international level)! Dr. Okoli has a steadfast commitment to mentor the next generation of nurse scientists and to advance health and wellness among tobacco dependent mentally ill populations. 

When asked why he is passionate about his research, Dr. Okoli shared that: "One in five people in the U.S. live with a mental or behavioral health challenge. This means that mental and behavioral health challenges affect each one of us either at home, school, or work. However, everyone with a mental or behavioral health challenge is able to achieve recovery if given the opportunity. My research is all about providing those with mental and behavioral health challenges the tools they need to achieve recovery!"

The KNA Virtual Conference Awards Program took place virtually October 29th at 6 pm. Congratulations Dr. Okoli and thank you for advancing KNA’s mission and vision “for building a healthier Kentucky”!

Friday, October 30, 2020