Carolyn Montoya, PhD, CPNP
Dr. Carolyn Montoya is Interim Practice Chair in the University of New Mexico College of Nursing.
Credit: John Arnold

Three UNM-affiliated nurses are being inducted as fellows into the American Academy of Nursing.

The prestigious recognition is being bestowed on Carolyn Montoya, PhD, CPNP, associate dean for academic affairs in the UNM College of Nursing, Kelly Buettner-Schmidt, PhD, RN, an associate professor at North Dakota State University and Anita Kinney, PhD, RN, associate director for cancer control and population sciences at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center and a professor of epidemiology in UNM’s Department of Internal Medicine.

Montoya, who earned her BSN at UNM and her MSN as a pediatric nurse practitioner at Yale University, completed her PhD in nursing health policy at UNM in 2013. Her work focuses on policy related to children’s health. Her doctoral dissertation examined children’s self-perception of weight as a step toward developing policies related to childhood obesity.

Buettner-Schmidt graduated from UNM’s RWJF Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative Fellowship in 2013. She has promoted the passage of policies leading to smoke-free workplaces and public places in North Dakota. She has also evaluated smoke-free laws, including economic impact and compliance studies and is currently conducting a third tobacco smoke pollution study.

Kinney has decades of experience leading transdisciplinary research and community outreach efforts to reduce the burden of cancer in diverse populations, focusing in particular on genomic risk communication, cancer survivorship and health behavior and disparities.

The American Academy of Nursing was founded in 1973. Its approximately 2,400 fellows are recognized for their leadership in education, management, practice and research.