Dr. Maureen Moriarty of Marymount University is the first nurse to be inducted as a fellow in the American Headache Society (AHS), an honor that was bestowed at the 2017 Scottsdale Headache Symposium in Arizona in November.
She has come a long way since the first meeting she attended back in 1986, when, as a newly minted nurse practitioner, she wasnt allowed to be a member because she wasnt a physician.
I lobbied the board, gaining associate member rights for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Once doctorally prepared I became a full member, said Moriarty, who earned her doctor of nursing practice degree at Johns Hopkins University in 2010. Im thrilled to be named a fellow, since no other nurse has ever done this before. It signifies my commitment to care, education and research in headache.
She received the fellowship because of her research and publications on post-traumatic headache, post-traumatic syndrome and other headache disorders, along with her participation speaking at national events for headache providers. Moriarty also serves as director of The Bridge, an education initiative sponsored by the AHS and geared toward nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
She joined Marymounts faculty in 2015 as an associate professor of nursing. She is the graduate chair for nursing at the Malek School for Health Professions and directs the Doctor of Nursing Practice program and RN-BSN programs.
An adult nurse practitioner, she maintains a practice caring for headache patients. She was named Nurse Practitioner of the Year for the District of Columbia by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in 2015.
Moriarty earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from the University of Maryland. She is the only nurse on the AHS Educational Committee.
Dr. Maureen Moriarty