A photo of Barbara Giambra.

Assistant Professor, UC College of Nursing



Board Certified

Biography & Affiliation


I’m a pediatric nurse practitioner specializing in the care of children with chronic conditions. As the sibling of a child with multiple chronic conditions, I developed a passion for pediatric nursing and research.

My qualitative research focuses on communication between the families of children with chronic conditions and clinicians, and its effects on family management of the child’s care and the child’s well-being. My research highlighted the antecedents and communication behaviors required for parent-nurse communication to facilitate a mutual understanding of the child’s care. I created a coding scheme to quantify the communication behaviors demonstrated by parents and clinicians — a tool for identifying significant communication behaviors leading to improved care for children with chronic conditions.

My quantitative research is focused on families and children with complex chronic conditions and those who may be dependent on technology such as tracheotomy tubes, ventilators and feeding tubes. My work led to new methods for determining the prevalence of hospitalized long-term ventilator-dependent children and risks of aspiration among children with aerodigestive disorders.

My work is funded by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)-awarded K23 grant.

Clinical Interests

Children with chronic conditions

Research Interests

Communication between clinicians and families of children with complex chronic conditions

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC College of Nursing

Research Divisions



Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2015-2017.

PhD: Nursing, Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, IN, 2014.

MS: Child Health Nursing, University of Buffalo, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, 1999.

BSN: Nursing, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 1986.


The Parent Role in Advocating for a Deteriorating Child: A Qualitative Study. Brady, PW; Giambra, BK; Sherman, SN; Clohessy, C; Loechtenfeldt, AM; Walsh, KE; Shah, SS; Lannon, C. Hospital pediatrics. 2020; 10:728-742.

Development of a clinician-parent home care education intervention. Lane, B; Hanke, SP; Giambra, B; Madsen, NL; Staveski, SL. Cardiology in the Young. 2019; 29:1230-1235.

Identification of hospitalized tracheostomy and ventilator dependent patients in administrative data. Giambra, BK; Mangeot, C; Benscoter, DT; Britto, MT. Pediatric Pulmonology. 2018; 53:973-978.

Exploration of Parent-Provider Communication During Clinic Visits for Children With Chronic Conditions. Giambra, BK; Haas, SM; Britto, MT; Lipstein, EA. Journal of Pediatric Health Care. 2018; 32:21-28.

Integration of Parent and Nurse Perspectives of Communication to Plan Care for Technology Dependent Children: The Theory of Shared Communication. Giambra, BK; Broome, ME; Sabourin, T; Buelow, J; Stiffler, D. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. 2017; 34:29-35.