Jackie Calhoun

Assistant Professor
Health Promotion & Development


Dr. Calhoun joined the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing in 2018.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University in 2005.  She worked as an engineer for three years, where she gained experience in concrete production and construction.

She returned to school at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she completed her pre-licensure nursing curriculum in 2010.  Jackie earned her MSN from Rush University in 2013, where she studied in the Pediatric Acute/Chronic Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program.  She was first certified as a Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board in 2013.  Dr. Calhoun earned her DNP in Health Systems Executive Leadership from the University of Pittsburgh in 2020. 

Jackie is actively involved in a number of professional organizations, including the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, where she serves on the national Professional Issues Committee and as Treasurer of the local Three Rivers NAPNAP chapter; the Society of Critical Care Medicine, where she is a member of the Nursing, Pediatrics, and Pediatric Advanced Practice Provider sections.  She serves as an Item Writer for the CPNP-AC certification exam administered by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.  She is also a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty, and Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing.

Clinical Emphasis

Dr. Calhoun has worked in various Pediatric Intensive Care Units throughout her career.  She is currently a Pediatric Critical Care Nurse Practitioner in the PICU at the UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Scholarly Emphasis

Nurse practitioner specialization
Nurse practitioner educational outcomes
Nurse practitioner role determination


Pediatric Well Child Care Theory
Nursing Care of Children and Their Families Clinical