Assistant Professor at Villanova University, College of Nursing. Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

Dr. Sunny G. Hallowell joined the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research in 2009 as a Research Assistant and completed her post-doctoral fellowship in 2015 after graduating with her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Her work at CHOPR linked her years of clinical experience in pediatrics and perinatal care, as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse (NICU) and Lactation Consultant, to her interest in health services research. Her recent publications focus on the associations between the hospital workforce and the outcomes of infants from the NICU, including the use of human milk at discharge as a quality outcome measure.

Dr. Hallowell worked on a number of projects and publications during her time at CHOPR.  She was honored to  foster nursing research and collaboration within a hospital context  by mentoring the first cohort of nurses from the Pennsylvania Hospital  Research Scholars program.  This project examined quality of care and patient safety and NICU Work Environments.   She is passionate about Advance Practice Nursing leadership and was honored when selected to serve a two-year term as a Jonas Health Policy Scholar with the American Academy of Nursing (’14) on the Expert Panel on Breastfeeding where she received national recognition as a leader in human milk outcomes research.  

She also recently completed her term as the President of the Pennsylvania Delaware Valley Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) (’15) leading over 300 Pediatric Nurse Practitioners from three of the largest and most influential Children’s Hospital’s in the country (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Nemours/AI Dupont Children’s Hospital and St. Christopher’s Hospital).

Her current research integrates her skills in health services research, health policy, and innovation to measure patient-centered outcomes focused on bridging care from the hospital to home where her interests include innovation and mobile health applications and design (see for a link to her innovation PING).