Terry Fulmer, dean of the Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences, has been selected to receive the 2014 Life­time Achieve­ment Award from the National Geron­to­log­ical Nursing Asso­ci­a­tion, a non­profit orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to improving the clin­ical care of older adults.

The award—the highest honor bestowed by the NGNA—is intended to rec­og­nize indi­vid­uals whose con­tri­bu­tions and accom­plish­ments have sig­nif­i­cantly impacted elderly care and pos­i­tively influ­enced the public image of the aging. Can­di­dates must be nom­i­nated by an NGNA Fellow or by a member of the Board of Direc­tors, which selects the annual award winner.

Fulmer is sched­uled to accept the award—and deliver the keynote address—at the annual NGNA Con­ven­tion on Oct. 3 in San Antonio, Texas.

I am pleased and hum­bled to receive this award,” Fulmer said. “There is no greater affir­ma­tion than to be rec­og­nized by my dis­tin­guished peers.”

A leading expert in geri­atrics, Fulmer is best known for her research on the topic of elder abuse and neglect, which has been funded by the National Insti­tute on Aging and the National Insti­tute for Nursing Research. She is cur­rently a member of the Geri­atrics and Geron­tology Advi­sory Com­mittee for the Veteran’s Admin­is­tra­tion and is the first nurse to serve on the board of the Amer­ican Geri­atrics Society and as pres­i­dent of the Geron­to­log­ical Society of America.

As our pop­u­la­tion ages, my research team and I will redouble our efforts to ensure quality of life and safety for those indi­vid­uals who are now living into their 90s and beyond,” Fulmer said, noting the chal­lenges of improving the health, func­tion, and quality of life of older adults. “North­eastern is opti­mally posi­tioned to make great strides in advancing the sci­ence of healthy aging.”

Prior to joining North­eastern in 2011, Fulmer served as the Erline Perkins McGriff Pro­fessor of Nursing and founding dean of the New York Uni­ver­sity Col­lege of Nursing. She is an elected member of the Insti­tute of Med­i­cine and has held fac­ulty appoint­ments at Boston Col­lege, Columbia Uni­ver­sity, Yale Uni­ver­sity, and the Har­vard Divi­sion on Aging. She earned her bach­elor of sci­ence from Skid­more Col­lege, her master’s and doc­toral degrees from Boston Col­lege, and her Geri­atric Nurse prac­ti­tioner Post-Master’s Cer­tifi­cate from New York University.