Erin E. Kennedy is a third-year PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health.

Her research explores the effects of clinical decision support for discharge planning on post-acute care outcomes for older adults. She was awarded an individual NRSA (F31NR019919), with mentor Dr. Kathryn Bowles, where she will examine the Discharge Expert Referral System for Care Transitions (DIRECT) clinical decision support system that identifies which patients need post-acute care and recommends the level of care as either home-health care or facility-level care, and use natural language processing to explore barriers to patients receiving recommended level of post-acute care. Prior to the F31 award, Erin was supported by the Individualized Care for At-Risk Older Adults (T32NR009356) program. Erin is also a Hillman Scholar at Penn Nursing and and an Associate Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.

Erin has experience working alongside the Nursing Informatics team at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and as a research assistant for predictive analytics and child passenger safety studies at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In 2019, Erin was the recipient of the Mary Naylor Award for Undergraduate Research. 

Select publications

Bowles KH, McDonald M, Barrón Y, Kennedy E, O’Connor M, Mikkelsen M. Surviving COVID-19 After Hospital Discharge: Symptom, Functional, and Adverse Outcomes of Home Health Recipients. Ann Intern Med. 2021 Mar;174(3):316-325. doi: 10.7326/M20-5206. Epub 2020 Nov 24. PMID: 33226861; PMCID: PMC7707212.

Foxwell AM, Kennedy EE, Naylor M. Investment in Women’s Mental Health During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2021 Jul;30(7):918-919. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2021.0224. Epub 2021 Jun 2. PMID: 34077682; PMCID: PMC8290297.