451A Victoria Building
3500 Victoria Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
My research interests focus on women`s health, smoking cessation during pregnancy, relapse prevention, and prevention of initiation of smoking in adolescents and women.
Currently, I serve as a Co-Director for the Provost’s Innovation in Education Award. One of the results of the interprofessional collaboration project is the development of a 15-week course “Learning and Teaching Together to Advance Clinical Education”. This course is attended by medical, dental, pharmacy, nursing and health related professional faculty. This team is planning on offering this course in the fall of 2017.
I also serve as a Faculty Expert (Principal Investigator, Dr. Kathryn Puskar) on a study funded by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services on Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Targeting Substance Use in Rural Populations.
In addition, I serve as Maternal-Child Faculty Expert (Principle Investigator, Dr. Ann Mitchell) on a study funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities for NFASD: Prevention Through Partnership Improving Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Prevention and Practice Through Partnership.
I teach undergraduate, master's, and doctoral students. I also serve as a Honors B.Phil advisor, a doctoral student advisor, and as a dissertation chairperson. I have also taught master’s and doctoral independent study courses, research practica, nursing education certification program, and the doctoral research seminar. I coordinate the school nurse certification program, as well as teach the didactic and clinical aspects of the course.
I am an active Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). Currently, I serve as a Board of Directors member. Recently, I served as chairperson of the Fellow Selection Committee for two terms. I Co-Chaired the Program Planning Committee for the 2015 AAN Annual Conference and was chairperson for the 2016 Annual Health Policy Conference. I also participate on the Expert Panel on Breastfeeding and the Child, Adolescent and Family Expert Panel. I mentor nurse faculty and hospital clinical administrators to complete applications for Fellow membership. In addition, I teach in the diagnostic lab and work with students during the NP practicum.
I lead a delegation of nursing and health-related professionals to Cuba as a Citizen Ambassador. I presented lectures regarding pregnant teens, nutritional deficiencies, multiple births, preeclampsia, and risk factors for preterm labor. In the fall of 2017 I will lead nurse and health care professional to Cambodia.
I also serve as the University’s NCAA faculty representative.