Assistant Professor

As the Nurse Scientist at Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation’s first hospital, I am responsible for developing and implementing a strategic vision for nursing research, innovation, and evidence-based practice at the hospital. I am interested in developing both hospital-wide research that is interdisciplinary and nurse-driven, as well as supporting nurses in developing their own clinically-informed research questions or innovations to improve patient care and outcomes. In my own research, I look to improve birth outcomes in the United States by looking at hospital variation. I am especially interested in hospitals that have excellent birth outcomes – and hospitals where Black women have excellent birth outcomes – and am looking to identify characteristics of these hospitals that might be replicated to improve care and outcomes in other hospitals.

“We develop cultures of inquiry in hospitals, supporting frontline nurses’ research, innovation, and evidence-based practice that advances patient care and improves patient outcomes and satisfaction. We also do research to transform inpatient maternity care and outcomes, addressing racism and its impact on both of these.”

Education

  • PhD, John Hopkins University School of Nursing, 2018
  • MSN, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, 2010
  • BSN, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, 2007
  • BA, University of Pennsylvania, 2005