Debra Standiford, MSN, APRN, CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Diabetes Center

Academic Affiliation

Phone 513-636-7449

Fax 513-803-0677



Care of children with diabetes


Clinical research related to diabetes

Debra A. Standiford, MSN, APRN, CNP, has been an employee of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center since 1975.

From 1975 to 1977, Debra worked as a staff nurse on a chronic care unit, when she was promoted to charge nurse. She assumed the role of head nurse of the Orthopedic unit in 1978.

In 1980 and 1981, Debra worked part-time as a staff nurse on the Hematology/ Oncology unit and graduated with a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Cincinnati. She worked as pediatric extension program liaison in nursing education. The focus of her work was the coordination of clinical experiences for undergraduate nursing students from local universities, colleges, and schools of nursing.

Debra assisted in orienting newly employed nurses and presenting in-services for clinical and managerial nurses. During 1983 and 1984, she was acting director of Educational Services for Nursing and assumed the role of educational nurse specialist while pursuing further education. She graduated with a master's degree in nursing management from Indiana University in 1987. She was promoted to nursing director of the Neurosurgical/Tracheostomy unit.

In 1992, Debra assumed the role of diabetes research nurse. The major focus of her work was the coordination of clinical research studies related to diabetes in children and young adults.

Debra has completed postgraduate studies at the University of Cincinnati, and in 1989, was certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner. Currently, Debra works with families of children diagnosed with diabetes. She also continues to function as a coordinator of clinical research studies related to diabetes.

Diploma of Nursing: The Christ Hospital School of Nursing, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1975.

BSN: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1981.

MSN: Nursing Administration, Indiana University, Indianapolis, Ind.,1987.

Certification: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1997.

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Reynolds K, Liese AD, Anderson AM, Dabelea D, Standiford D, Daniels SR, Waitzfelder B, Case D, Loots B, Imperatore G, Lawrence JM. Prevalence of tobacco use and association between cardiometabolic risk factors and cigarette smoking in youth with type 1 or type 2 diabetes mellitus. J Pediatr. 2011 Apr;158(4):594-601.e1.

Liese AD, Bortsov A, Günther AL, Dabelea D, Reynolds K, Standiford DA, Liu L, Williams DE, Mayer-Davis EJ, D'Agostino RB Jr, Bell R, Marcovina S. Association of DASH diet with cardiovascular risk factors in youth with diabetes mellitus: the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth study. Circulation. 2011 Apr 5;123(13):1410-7.

Liese AD, Lawson A, Song HR, Hibbert JD, Porter DE, Nichols M, Lamichhane AP, Dabelea D, Mayer-Davis EJ, Standiford D, Liu L, Hamman RF, D'Agostino RB Jr. Evaluating geographic variation in type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus incidence in youth in four US regions. Health Place. 2010 May;16(3):547-56.

Writing Group for the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study Group, Dabelea D, Bell RA, D'Agostino RB Jr, Imperatore G, Johansen JM, Linder B, Liu LL, Loots B, Marcovina S, Mayer-Davis EJ, Pettitt DJ, Waitzfelder B. Incidence of diabetes in youth in the United States. JAMA. 2007 Jun 27;297(24):2716-24.

Lawrence JM, Standiford DA, Loots B, Klingensmith GJ, Williams DE, Ruggiero A, Liese, AD, Bell RA, Waitzfelder BE, McKeown RE, for the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study. Prevalence and Correlates of Depressed Mood among Youth with Diabetes: The SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study. Pediatrics. 2006; 117(4): 1348-1358.

SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study Group, Liese AD, D'Agostino RB Jr, Hamman RF, Kilgo PD, Lawrence JM, Liu LL, Loots B, Linder B, Marcovina S, Rodriguez B, Standiford D, Williams DE. The Burden of Diabetes Mellitus among US Youth: Prevalence Estimates from the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study. Pediatrics. 2006;118(4): 1510-1518.

Patton SR, Dolan LM, Mitchell MJ, Byars KC, Standiford D, Powers SW. Mealtime interactions in families of pre-schoolers with type 1 diabetes. Pediatr Diabetes. 2004 Dec;5(4):190-8.

Powers SW, Byars KC, Mitchell MJ, Patton SR, Standiford DA, Dolan LM. Parent report of mealtime behavior and parenting stress in young children with type 1 diabetes and in healthy control subjects. Diabetes Care. 2002 Feb;25(2):313-8.

Pinhas-Hamiel O, Standiford D, Hamiel D, Dolan LM, Cohen R, Zeitler PS. The type 2 family: a setting for development and treatment of adolescent type 2 diabetes mellitus. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1999 Oct;153(10):1063-7.

Young LA, Kimball TR, Daniels SR, Standiford DA, Khoury PR, Eichelberger SM, Dolan LM. Nocturnal blood pressure in young patients with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus: correlation with cardiac function. J Pediatr. 1998 Jul;133(1):46-50.