Afaf I. Meleis, professor of nursing and sociology and Penn Nursing dean emerita, has been awarded The Princess Srinagarindra Award, established in commemoration of the Centenary Birthday Anniversary of Her Royal Highness (HRH) Princess Srinagarindra Mahidol, in recognition of her extraordinary contributions to the nursing and midwifery profession, advancing the nursing profession and contributing to the health and wellbeing of people in Thailand and around the world. This award is one of the most prestigious awards in Thailand.
Dr. Meleis has dedicated her life to advancing nursing education, science, practice and leadership. Throughout her career and around the world, she has been a force for change in the development of high-quality doctoral education. In addition to her contributions in doctoral nursing education, Dr. Meleis has also made a significant impact in nursing theory. Her book, Theoretical Nursing: Development and Progress, in its 6th edition, is a standard text in international graduate curricula. She has published numerous other books and hundreds of articles.
A global advocate for women and a leading expert on international health, and immigrant and women’s health, Dr. Meleis has dedicated her career to ensuring vulnerable populations, particularly women, are given a voice.