Sunny Hallowell, PhD, PPCNP-BC, IBCLC
Assistant Professor at Villanova University, College of Nursing. Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
Dr. 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 www.socialinovationslab.org for a link to her innovation PING).
- 2016 PING – Patient Information Networking Group. Philadelphia Social Innovations Lab Spring 2016 Nursing and Community Health Innovation Competition. www.socialinnovationslab.org. Philadelphia Health Management Corporation, National Nurses Centers Consortium. [Paper]. Philadelphia, PA. April 21, 2016. First place winner for best Nursing and Community Health innovation. Pitch Video: http://www.socialinnovationslab.org/?portfolio=ping
- University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing Teaching Excellence Gold Star –Division of Family and Community Nursing
Hallowell, S.G., Lake, E.T., Rogowski, J.A. (2017). How Nurse Work Environments Relate to the Presence of Parents in Neonatal Intensive Care. Advances in Neonatal Care
Darcy Mahoney, A., Zauche, L., Hallowell, S., Weldon, A., & Stapel-Wax, J. (2017). Leveraging the Skills of Nurses and the Power of Language Nutrition to Ensure a Better Future for Children. Advances in Neonatal Care, 17 (1)
Hallowell, S.G., Froh, E.B., Spatz, D.L. and the American Academy of Nursing Expert Panel on Breastfeeding (2016). Human Milk and Breastfeeding: An Intervention to Mitigate Toxic Stress, Nursing Outlook.
Hatfield, L.A., Kutney Lee, A., Hallowell, S.G., Del Guidice, M., Ellis, L.N., Verical, L., Aiken, L.H. (2016). Fostering Clinical Nurse Research in a Hospital Context. Journal of Nursing Administration 45(5): 245-249.
Hallowell, S.G. Spatz, D.L., Hanlon, A.L., Rogowski, J.A., Kenny, M., Lake, E.T. (2015). Factors associated with infant feeding of human milk at discharge from neonatal intensive care: Cross-sectional analysis of survey and infant outcomes data. International Journal of Nursing Studies 53: 290-203
Lake, E.T., Hallowell, S.G., Kutney-Lee, A., Hatfield, L.A., DelGuidice, M.,Boxer, B.A.,Ellis, L.N., Verica, L., Aiken, L.H. (2015). Higher Quality of Care and Patient Safety Associated with Better NICU Work Environments. Journal of Nursing Care Quality. 31(1): 24-32
Hallowell, S.G. & Medoff-Cooper, B. (2015). Strengthening the Israel’s Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing Workforce. Israel Journal of Health Policy Research. 4:24
Froh, E.B., Hallowell, S.G., Spatz, D.L. (2015). The Use of Technologies to Support Human Milk & Breastfeeding. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2015.01.023. 30(3) 521-3.