PhD, MPH, RN
Health & Community Systems
Dr. Zelazny has more than 30 years of psychiatric nursing experience in clinical and research settings. She is an early career investigator whose research is focused on the use of technology to identify and manage suicidal thoughts and behavior in youth. In collaboration with researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, she is the principal investigator of a pilot study investigating non-verbal voice and facial behavioral indicators of suicidality in teens over time. She is also co-leading a pilot study to examine social media data of suicidal teens using natural language processing to identify risk factors of suicidal behavior. Additionally, she is a co-investigator of the Mobile Assessment for the Prediction of Suicide Study (MAPS), a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) funded study using smartphone technology to conduct intensive longitudinal monitoring of proximal risk factors of adolescent suicidal thoughts and behavior. She participated in the development of a supportive safety plan phone application for patients with high levels of suicidal ideation or recent suicidal behavior. In addition to these research interests, she has a strong interest in bioethics, specifically the protection of human subjects in research involving technology and in research involving suicidal individuals.
Dr. Zelazny teaches the undergraduate didactic course NUR1060: Nursing Care of Clients with Psychiatric Mental Health Problems.
Dr. Zelazny is a Vice Chair at the University of Pittsburgh Institutional Review Board. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Allegheny Health Choices, Inc., where she is Chair of the Quality Improvement Committee and Secretary/Treasurer of the Executive Board. She has served in leadership positions for Sigma Theta Tau, Eta Chapter and is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.