After growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, Erin came to Penn Nursing in 2015 and became a Hillman Scholar during her junior year in 2018.
Erin’s interest in research stemmed from her experience at the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program funded by the National Science Foundation at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Injury Research and Prevention after her sophomore year of college. There, she assisted with several studies on safe driving behaviors, including teen driving simulation studies aimed at developing interventions to reduce distracted driving and safety of children in booster seats. She gained experience in data cleaning, statistical analysis, and manuscript writing. Erin co-authored two papers identifying distracted driving behaviors of parents of children ages 4-10, compliance rates of proper child restraint systems, and situational factors that contribute to distracted driving of the same population.
Upon acceptance into Hillman, Erin wanted to apply her research to healthcare technology aimed at improving nursing care and began to work with Dr. Kathryn Bowles. She gained experience in data collection and management at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy on a study aimed at developing clinical decision support to reduce hospital readmissions of asthma, neonatal intensive care, and chronic complex care patients. Currently, Erin is working with Dr. Bowles on implementation of clinical decision support aimed at improving transitions in care for adults through better discharge planning. She is investigating strategies to implement Dr. Bowles’ newest technology in a variety of healthcare settings to improve outcomes and continuity of care.