Assistant Professor of Nursing
Assistant Professor in Nursing in Pediatrics, School of Medicine

Injury, which is largely preventable, is the leading cause of death in adolescents in the U.S.

As a pediatric intensive care, emergency department, and school nurse, Dr. McDonald saw the effects of the risky behaviors that teens engage in firsthand. Now, she’s studying ways to address these risky behaviors, such as texting while driving, to prevent injuries and promote health.

Currently, Dr. McDonald is developing a web-based intervention for teens to reduce inattention to the roadway and risky driving, under a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institute of Nursing Research.

“Injury is the leading cause of death in adolescents and addressing behaviors that contribute to injury is of vital importance in promoting later adult health. ”


  • PhD , University of Pennsylvania , 2010
  • MSN, Monmouth University, 2006
  • BSN, Villanova University , 200