Yvette Conley (HUGEN '93, '99) was recognized on May 29, 2015, with the Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination at the Pitt Public Health annual Alumni Awards dinner.
The Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination is presented to an alumnus/na who has made significant contribution to education and dissemination, either in the classroom or in the field.
Conley is professor of nursing and human genetics at the University of Pittsburgh. She became
the first geneticist in the country to hold a primary appointment within a school of nursing when she joined the faculty of the Pitt School of Nursing in 2000. She incorporated genomics into the education of nurses across all levels of education at Pitt and is director of a National Institute of Nursing research funded T32 training program titled Targeted Research and Academic Training for Nurses in Genomics that supports predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees. She also directs the post baccalaureate and post master’s certificates and the minor in health care genetics offered through the School of Nursing. She has been chair or a committee member for 28 PhD dissertations, a mentor to 10 postdoctoral fellows, and a mentor to junior faculty, all of whom have successfully incorporated molecular genomics into their research trajectories. She has been an active faculty member for the National Institute of Nursing Research Summer Genetics Institute for the past 14 years, where she has taught over 300 nurses across all levels (doctoral student, postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty, and established faculty) to incorporate omics into their research. She is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar National Mentor, and she chairs the workgroup that focuses on omics in PhD curricula.
Conley has authored or coauthored more than 110 publications, has been principal investigator for six NIH-funded projects, three foundation-funded projects, and a coinvestigator for more than 12 projects. She is an appointed member of the National Institute of Nursing Research Genomic Nursing Science Blueprint Workgroup, and is cochair of the National Human Genome Research Institute/National Institute of Nursing Research Genome Research Consortium Workgroup. She has received the University of Pittsburgh Innovator Award, the University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Innovation in Education Award, the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and the International Society of Nurses in Genetics President’s Award.
Conley earned her MS in genetic counseling in 1993 and her PhD in 1999 in human genetics, all from Pitt Public Health.