Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Lisanti’s research supports the overall health and wellbeing of infants born with congenital heart disease (CHD) and their families. Her research highlights the importance of enhancing the role of parents in the intensive care unit through family-centered developmentally supportive interventions to improve parent mental health, reduce infant stress, and optimize infant growth and development.

“My goal is to lead rigorous research that will generate strong evidence on how pediatric cardiovascular nurses can enhance the parental role in the intensive care unit through developmental care interventions that improve both short and long-term mental health of parents of infants with congenital heart disease. I also hope that my research demonstrates that these care practices support the growth and development of infants with CHD.”


  • Ph.D., Widener University, 2014
  • MSN, Widener University, 2009
  • BSN , University of Pittsburgh, 2001