HAMPTON, VA. (Aug. 11, 2021) — Hampton University is pleased to announce that Dr. Melissa Gomes has been selected to be a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Gomes is an associate professor in the Hampton University School of Nursing. Induction into the Academy is a significant milestone in a nurse leader’s career as their accomplishments are honored by their colleagues within and outside of the profession. Fellows are selected based on their contributions and impact to advance the public’s health.
“Congratulations to Dr. Melissa Gomes for receiving one of the highest honors from her peers in the field of nursing,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey. “Dr. Gomes’ research and expertise in the area of mental health will be an invaluable addition to the exceptional nursing leadership that makes up the American Academy of Nursing.”
The Academy is an honorific society that recognizes nursing's most accomplished leaders in policy, research, practice, administration, and academia. Academy Fellows, from nearly 40 countries, hold a wide variety of roles influencing health care. Induction into the Fellowship represents more than recognition of one's accomplishments within the nursing profession. Fellows contribute their collective expertise to the Academy, engaging with health leaders nationally and globally to improve health and achieve health equity by impacting policy through nursing leadership, innovation, and science.
Dr. Melissa M. Gomes is a nurse scientist and an American Nurses Credentialing Center board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, offering a progressive track record of empowerment strategies needed to promote positive mental health outcomes. Recognizing the impact mental health has on one’s ability to have a high quality of life, her research and clinical work have focused on vulnerable populations disproportionally affected by negative environmental factors (i.e., trauma, higher psychosocial stress, greater poverty).
Dr. Gomes’ professional nursing contribution is grounded by the substantive knowledge that feelings, emotions, and behavior impact one’s ability to succeed. The founder of two community-based, nurse-led practice models, she has diversified access to mental health treatment using 1) The Ethos Leadership Project, an alternative to the suspension/behavior modification treatment strategy for at-risk students and 2) Transitions Empowerment Associates, LLC, an outpatient mental health care practice model, providing mental health services for more than 10,000 patients since its inception in 2015.
Dr. Gomes’ educational accomplishments include: a BSN in 1995 from Howard University, a MSN in Health Leadership in 2000 from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in nursing in 2007 from Hampton University. She also has earned additional training through a post-doctoral fellowship addressing vulnerable women and children at the University of Pennsylvania, which she completed in 2010. Dr. Gomes also earned a post master’s certificate as a Psychiatric Mental Nurse Practitioner at the University of Virginia in 2012. She was inducted as a Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow in the National Academies of Practice in 2015.
"Becoming a Fellow American Academy of Nursing is an esteemed honor and, to me, it validates the impact of my work in the area of psychiatric and mental health nursing,” said Gomes. “As a Fellow, I will be given the opportunity to engage with colleagues nationally and internationally as I seek to continue to make a difference in disparate outcomes of individuals and communities that are most vulnerable."
Through a competitive, rigorous application process, the Academy’s Fellow Selection Committee, which is comprised of current Fellows, reviewed hundreds of applications to select the 2021 Fellows. Gomes was one of 225 individuals selected to be inducted into the 2021 Class of Fellows. The 2021 Fellows represent 38 states, the District of Columbia, and 18 countries.
The 2021 inductees will be recognized for their significant contributions to health and health care at the Academy’s annual Health Policy Conference, taking place October 7-9, 2021. This year’s conference and induction ceremony will be offered in a hybrid format, allowing attendees to participate either in-person (at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC) or virtually, allowing for maximum attendance through an inclusive format where colleagues, friends, and family members who may not be able to attend the event in person are able to participate. This year’s induction ceremony, which will feature personalized video vignettes and live streaming of each inductee, will be a special way to recognize the new Fellows as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge traditional methods of celebration.
Learn more about the Academy and visit the hybrid policy conference website for more details.
About the American Academy of Nursing
The American Academy of Nursing serves the public by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. Academy Fellows are inducted into the organization for their extraordinary contributions to improve health locally and globally. With more than 2,800 Fellows, the Academy represents nursing’s most accomplished leaders in policy, research, administration, practice, and academia.
About Hampton University
For more than 150 years, Hampton University has been THE Standard of Excellence in higher education. Founded in 1868 by Brig. Gen. Samuel Chapman Armstrong, Hampton University has a long and storied history academics focused on educating the “head, heart and hand,” and emphasizing the development of character. From the sound foundation built by General Armstrong, Dr. William R. Harvey, has elevated the institution to the now globally recognized powerhouse in higher education it is today. Harvey became Hampton’s 12th and during his four decades and counting tenure, the university has experienced accelerated growth and achieved notable accomplishments.