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Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program

The Postdoctoral Fellowship Program provides advanced training in outcomes research to nurses who have received a doctoral degree from an accredited university in nursing or a field relevant to nursing outcomes research and would like the opportunity to further develop their research career in the area of health outcomes.

The CHOPR Postdoctoral Fellowship is intended for U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents only. The program places a high priority on having diversity in background.

(June 2022) (Washington, DC) CHOPR Directors, Dr. Eileen T. Lake (left) and Dr. Matthew McHugh (r...(June 2022) (Washington, DC) CHOPR Directors, Dr. Eileen T. Lake (left) and Dr. Matthew McHugh (right) with CHOPR Alum and colleague (center), Dr. Rebecca Clark.Featured Postdoctoral Fellow/CHOPR ALUMNA

Dr. Rebecca Clark (center), an Assistant Professor specializing in Perinatal Nursing, Midwifery, and Women’s Health at Penn Nursing, has been chosen as one of 16 nurse scientists for the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship. As the first nurse scientist from Penn to receive this honor, Dr. Clark has achieved remarkable success in her career. She previously served as the CHOPR Postdoctoral Fellow from 2019 to 2021 and currently holds active faculty membership and a Senior Fellow position at CHOPR. In the attached photo, Dr. Clark is seen with the CHOPR directors after her impactful podium presentation titled “Hospital Variation in Cesarean Rates for Low-Risk Black and White Women” at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting last year.


Current CHOPR postdoctoral fellows receive university funding to pursue meaningful research.

Dr. K. Jane Muir’s (left) Sigma Research Grant titled, “Evaluating Work Environment Variation, Patient Care Quality, and Nurse Job Outcomes in High Acuity Settings,” focuses on improving critical care in emergency and intensive care units.

Dr. Rachel French’s (right) LDI study “titled “Exploring an Innovative Approach to Address Treatment Gaps for Hospitalized People who Inject Drugs” explores a team-based approach to treat hospitalized patients who inject drugs.

Dr. Allison P. SquiresAllison P. Squires, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor, Director, Florence S. Downs PhD Program in Nursing Research & Theory Development, NYU

“CHOPR has given me a solid foundational training in health outcomes research and ongoing opportunities from the network. Both have served me well.”

Dr. Joan Rosen-BlochJoan Rosen Bloch, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, Associate Professor, Drexel University

“CHOPR gave me a nursing research network to call upon for advice that has been critical when working in an academic unit.”

Dr. Lesly KellyLesly Kelly, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, Nursing & Health Innovation, Arizona State University

“I would not have traded my postdoc fellowship experience for anything and I believe it is what set me up for a successful academic career.”

Dr. Katherine HutchinsonM. Katherine Hutchinson, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor, Connell School of Nursing, Boston College

 “The training I received at CHOPR was life- and trajectory-altering. It has allowed me to pursue my own research agenda as well as training others to do the same.”