Keynote Presenters

Opening Keynote  “Who are you from?”


Martha Driessnack, PhD, PPCNP-BC, RN
Associate Professor
Oregon Health & Science University
School of Nursing
Portland, Oregon USA



This opening session weaves children’s art and stories with emerging research on the importance of intergenerational relationships and family lore, shifting the common question of “Where are you from?” to the more revealing “Who are you from?”

Martha Driessnack is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with over 30 years of practice with children and families. She received her BSN from the Ohio State University, MSN from Yale University, and PhD from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), with a minor in art therapy from Marylhurst University. She then completed the NINR Summer Genetics Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and a post-doctoral research fellowship in clinical genetics at the University of Iowa.

Her program of research revolves around the active engagement of children in all matters of health-related research and practice. To date, much of her work has centered on the integration of child-centric techniques, including the use of art to facilitate communication. To date, she has engaged children in a wide array of conversations, from health-related symptoms, such as fear and pain, to understanding complex topics, such as genetic origins, disease causation, risk, and/or inheritance. Using art, she continues to be in awe of the degree to which children are able to communicate their needs, experiences, and challenges and the nuanced insights they provide about themselves, their families, and health.

In her keynote address, she will highlight how to integrate various forms of art into family-focused research.

One of the key points she likes to make is family stories are important. Join her to learn why.


Day 2 Keynote: “The Family and Family Nursing in Spain”

The IFNC13 Conference Committee is pleased to announce the Keynote for Day 2 of the conference which will focus on family and family nursing in Spain. This theme was selected in response to your feedback from our previous conference that you would like to hear more about the nature of families and family nursing in our host country.

Dr. Carolina Montoro-GurichCarolina Montoro-Gurich, PhD
Professor of Human Geography
University of Navarra
Pamplona, Spain


Dr. Montoro-Gurich is the Vice Dean of Research at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Sub Director of the Institute of Sciences for the Family at the University of Navarra. Dr. Montoro-Gurich’s research focuses primarily on migration and family policies. The presentation will give IFNC13 participants a perspective on family health issues in Spain and Europe.


Garcia-Vivar 2015 129x168Cristina Garcia-Vivar, PhD, MSc, RN
Director of International Affairs of the Spanish General Council of Nurses
Associate Professor
School of Nursing, University of Navarra
Pamplona, Spain


Dr. Garcia-Vivar’s program of research focuses on teaching family nursing interventions to practicing nurses to help them to support families who are caring for a relative with chronic illness. In addition, Dr. Garcia-Vivar is a valued leader in IFNA through her roles on the Board of Directors and the IFNA Practice and Conference Committees. Her presentation will complement the keynote talk from Dr. Montoro-Gurich concerning key issues and family nursing in Spain.

 Closing Keynote “We Are Family: The Science of Family Caregiving

Janet A. Deatrick, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor Emerita of Nursing
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA


Janet A. Deatrick, PhD, RN, FAAN is Professor Emerita of Nursing and formerly the Shearer Endowed
Term Chair in Healthy Community Practice and Director of the Center for Health Equity Research at the
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Dr. Deatrick is internationally known for her contributions
to the science of family caregiving. Deatrick’s research focuses on a family-centered approach to care
that supports family management and encompasses family strengths through provider-family
partnerships. Her work is a catalyst to the development of family nursing and to the standards of
clinical care for vulnerable families and their children. Her groundbreaking research pioneered the use of
innovative qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches to better understand how families
integrate the care of youth who have serious chronic conditions and who have survived childhood brain
tumors. She has published 125 peer-reviewed articles in 46 different journals and in 16 book chapters.
Her excellence in family nursing research was been recognized by the 2016 Claire M. Fagin
Distinguished Researcher Award from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, the 2007
Eastern Nursing Research Society’s Suzanne Feetham Nurse Scientist Family Research Award for Senior
Investigators, and the 2007 Distinguished Contribution to Family Nursing Research award with Kathleen
Knafl and Agatha Gallo. Her contributions to research training and clinical practice are based on her
dedication to educating and mentoring the next generation of family nurses. Her excellence in teaching
was been recognized by the 1994 Christian and Nancy Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching and
the 2013 Barbara J. Lowery Doctoral Student Organization Faculty Award from the School of Nursing.
Her professional service and impact were recognized by a 1999 Achievement Award, University of
Illinois Alumni Association and by 1992 fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing.
She is a long-standing member of IFNA, served as co-chair of 12th IFNA’s conference in Odense
Denmark, and currently serves as chair of IFNA’s Resources Advancement Committee.