Clinical Interests: The application of evidence-based medicine to optimize growth and healing for all infants who require intensive care. She has a focus on maximizing the breastmilk and/or breastfeeding experience for mother baby dyads and preserving early family bonding.
Scholarly Focus: Improving medical education and emergency preparedness for all team members in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). She is investigating how interdisciplinary simulation can lead to improvements in clinically relevant outcomes and measures of teamwork. She is the Director of Research in the Neonatal Education and Simulation-Based Training Program (NEST) where she is investigating how e-learning and blended learning approaches to speaking up for safety, prenatal counseling, teamwork skills, and resuscitation education. She co-leads the Organization of Neonatal Training Program Directors National Curriculum Committee with a focus on innovating the landscape of fellowship education on a national level. She sits on multiple hospital and regional disaster preparedness committees and contributes to policies and research around best practices in responding to large scale emergencies.
2016-2019 Multimodal Simulation for Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, Academic Enrichment Fund Program, Seattle Children’s Hospital. Role: Co-PI, Total Award: $50,000 annually
2018-2019 Development and Validation of a Milestone-based Prenatal Counseling Communication Scale, UW Center for Leadership & Innovation in Medical Education Grant. Role: PI, Total Award: $5,000
2018-2020 The Organization of Neonatal Training Program Directors National Neonatology Curriculum Project, AAP Section on Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Educational Grant. Role: Co-Investigator. Total Award: $25,000
2018-2020 The ONTPD National Neonatology Flipped Classroom Curriculum and the Development of Best Practices for Flipped Classroom Facilitation, SPARK-Ed - Penn Medicine Grant. Role: Co-Investigator, Total Award: $5,000
2018-2020 Patient Safety Learning Laboratory to Improve the Safety of Neonatal Interfacility Transfers in a Regional Care Network, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Role: Co-Investigator, Total Award: $2,400,000
Administration/Education Roles: Resident, fellow and interdisciplinary education through simulation and other technology-based platforms. She works with Drs. Sawyer, Umoren and Strandjord as part of the NEST Program to provide education for neonatal care teams within the WWAMI region.