Terri Lipman, PhD, CRNP, FAAN
While working as a nurse at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Terri Lipman realized that the core of managing diabetes was educating children and families—a role that was tremendously gratifying.
As a pediatric nurse practitioner in the Division of Diabetes and Endocrinology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Dr. Lipman maintains a clinical practice – caring for children with diabetes and other endocrine disorders. Questions from her clinical practice guide her research and teaching.
“I partner with families and communities to develop innovative care models to reduce disparities and improve the lives of children and families.”
- PhD, University of Pennsylvania , 1991
- CRNP, University of Pennsylvania , 1993
- MSN, University of Pennsylvania , 1983
- BSN, Temple University , 1975
Throughout Dr. Lipman’s career, her practice, teaching and research have been committed to health equity and community engagement and are grounded in social justice. Her research is focused on the identification of racial disparities in the treatment and outcomes of children with diabetes, and developing innovative strategies- through addressing social determinants of health- to reduce disparities in marginalized, vulnerable children who are at the highest risk for morbidity and mortality. She is also studying provider bias and the impact of structural racism in the provision of diabetes care. Her data have demonstrated that diabetes outcomes cannot be improved if there are significant unaddressed social barriers impeding the delivery of complex and demanding care in the home.
With colleagues from the schools of social policy and practice and medicine, Dr. Lipman co-directs a graduate course in leadership in community engagement. Students from nursing, medicine, public health, social work, and education take this course, which includes community engagement experiences. She also teaches a course in advanced pediatric physical assessment, the core clinical course for graduate pediatric acute care nurse practitioner students.
With funding from NIH, Dr. Lipman is convening community members, faith-based organizations, school personnel, clinicians, health department officials, and researchers to collaborate on a strategic vision to increase physical activity in youth and their families in West Philadelphia, where the poverty rate is among the highest in the country. The School District of Philadelphia, Penn’s Center for Public Health Initiatives, and the Penn Netter Center for Community Partnerships are collaborating on this project.
Dr. Lipman was one of 200 authors of the Pennsylvania Diabetes Action Plan, part of the Pennsylvania Chronic Care Initiative, and she chaired the state’s Diabetes Surveillance Committee. Dr. Lipman’s multicenter study on the accuracy of growth assessment resulted in the Linear Growth Assessment Program, which has been designated as an Edge Runner Program by the American Academy of Nursing. The program has been used in 65 cities in the United States, Australia, Canada, Europe. and Latin America.
As a clinician educator, Dr. Lipman mentors the scholarship of advanced practice nurses and endocrine fellows at CHOP. By precepting students at CHOP, students learn by example.
Opportunities to Learn and Collaborate at Penn Nursing
As assistant dean for community engagement, Dr. Lipman works to integrate community-based learning and research opportunities for students throughout the curriculum. She is also the faculty director of the Community Champions program, which provides undergraduate students with expanded opportunities for community engagement.
Selected Career Highlights
- Elected Member, Society for Pediatric Research
- Norma M. Lang Distinguished Award for Scholarly Practice and Policy, Boston
- Spirit of Nursing Award-University of Massachusetts
- Bronze Telly Award, Pediatric History Taking: On the Path to Clinical Decision-Making
- Excellence in Nursing Research Award, Society of Pediatric Nursing
Schroeder K, McCormick R, Perez A, Lipman TH.
Obes Rev. 2018 Aug 29. doi: 10.1111/obr.12714. [Epub ahead of print] Review
Schroeder, K., Ratcliffe, S.J., Perez, A., Earley, D., Bowman, C., & Lipman, T.H. (2017). Dance for Health: An intergenerational program to increase access to physical activity. Journal of Pediatric Nursing (37), 29-34. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2017.07.004
Lipman TH, McCurry IJ. (2017). Children with short stature and growth failure: Heightism, gender and racial disparities. Pediatric Endocrinology Reviews. Rev. 2017 Jun;14 (Suppl 2):472-477. doi:10.17458/per.vol14.2017.lm.childrenshortstature.
Lipman, TH. (2017). Community engagement for pediatric nurses: No longer a choice. Journal of Pediatric Nursing 33, (3), 101–102, doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2016.12.014
Mintz, SR, Low, CA, Ian J. McCurry, IJ, Lipman, TH (2017). The Community Champions Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 7(8) , 46-50. doi.org/10.5430/jnep.v7n8p46
Lipman TH, Cousounis P, Grundmeier W, Massey J, Cucchiara AJ, Stallings VA, Grimberg A.(2016). Electronic health record mid-parental height auto-calculator for growth assessment in primary care. Clinical Pediatrics, 55(12):1100-6. doi: 10.1177/0009922815614352.
Lado JJ, Lipman TH (2016). Racial/Ethnic disparities in the incidence, treatment, and outcomes of youth with type 1 diabetes. Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America, 45 (2), 453–461, doi.org/10.1016/j.ecl.2016.01.002
Al Sawah S, Compher CW, Hanlon AL, Lipman TH (2016). 25-Hydroxyvitamin D and glycemic control: A cross-sectional study of children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 115: 54 doi: 10.1016/j.diabres.2016.03.002
Willi S, Miller K, DiMeglio L, Klingensmith G, Simmons J, Tamborlane W, Nadeau K, Kittelsrud J, Huckfeldt P, Beck R, Lipman, TH. (2015). The racial-ethnic disparities in management and outcomes among children with type 1 diabetes. Pediatrics. 135(3):424-34. doi: 10.1542/peds.2014-1774
- Lipman, T.H., Levitt Katz, L.E., Ratcliffe, S.J., Murphy, K.M., Aguilar, A., Rezvani, I., Howe, C.J., Fadia, S., & Suarez, E. (2013). Increasing incidence of type 1 diabetes in youth: Twenty years of the Philadelphia Pediatric Diabetes Registry. Diabetes Care, 36(6), 1597-1603.10.2337/dc12-0767