I began working with children with disabilities early in my career. My clinical specialty is developmental and behavioral pediatrics.
My research focuses on removing barriers to early treatment for children at-risk for or having developmental delays (DD) or disabilities. I’m also working to reduce health disparities in youth at-risk for DD or disabilities.
I became interested in this research during my clinical work as a pediatric nurse practitioner working with children with DDs. I identified health disparities in their care and outcomes and systematically studied how we could reduce or eliminate those disparities and improve outcomes.
My goals are to obtain early treatments for children in poverty and at-risk for DD that can improve outcomes and address the inequities in services and treatments for children with DD and autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
I am honored to have received the following awards and appointments:
My research has been published in respected journals, such as Journal of Transcultural Nursing, Journal of Pediatric Health Care and the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
BSN: College of Mount Saint Joseph, Cincinnati, OH, 1977.
MS/PNP: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1982.
PhD: Nursing Research, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2013.
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Apraxia
Autism spectrum disorders; health care disparities in developmental disabilities
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Disparities Affect Developmental Risk for Head Start Preschoolers. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. 2020; 54:86-92.