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Research Committee Members: Areas of Expertise

2020 - 2021 NAPNAP Research Committee

The following NAPNAP Research Committee members are available to serve as consultants to NAPNAP members. Their areas of expertise are listed below. If you have a specific request or want to contact one of these individuals, please contact the Research Department at the NAPNAP national office at

Monica Roosa Ordway, PhD, APRN, PPCNP-BC, IBCLC, Research Chair (Southbury, CT)
Parent-Child Relationship
Pediatric Sleep
Community-engaged Research

Sharon M. Karp, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC, Research Co-chair (Nashville, TN)
Obesity prevention in early childhood
Complementary feeding practices
Home based interventions

Jessica S. Bahorski, PhD, APRN, PPCNP-BC, WHNP-BC (Tallahassee, FL)
Infant feeding practices
Infant growth
Childhood obesity prevention
Parental self-efficacy

Catherine J. Goodhue, MN, RN, CPNP (Los Angeles, CA)
Rare cholestatic liver diseases in children
Pediatric trauma
Pediatric disaster preparedness
PNP job satisfaction

Cherry Leung, PhD, RN, CPNP (San Ramon, CA)
Public Health & Epidemiology
Child Mental Health
Pediatric Neurology

Katherine Finn Davis, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC (Honolulu, HI)
Quantitative/Qualitative/Mixed Methods
Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Pediatric Sleep
Evidence-Based Practice

Amie Koch, DNP, FNP-C, RN, ACHPN (Durham, NC)
Family homelessness
Community health
Palliative care

Mikki Meadows-Oliver, PhD, RN, FAAN (Hamden, CT)
Qualitative research
Adolescent mothers

Cynthia A. Danford, PhD, CRNP, PPCNP-BC, CPNP-PC, AFPNP Liaison (Pittsburgh, PA)
Qualitative/ Mixed methods research
Healthy habits in young children: Eating, Physical activity, Sleep
Childhood obesity
Event History Calendars
Family-centered care

Jennifer T. Sonney, PhD, APRN, PPCNP-BC (Seattle, WA)
NAPNAP Executive Board Co-Liason

Parent-child shared management of chronic disease
Executive functioning
Pediatric asthma, sleep
Dyadic study methodology

Additional Research Consultants

The following NAPNAP researchers are available to serve the research consultation role. Their areas of expertise are listed below. If you have a specific request or want to contact one of these individuals, please contact Simone Daley in the Research Department at the NAPNAP national office at

Regena Spratling, PhD, RN, APRN, CPNP (Atlanta, GA)
Children and Adolescents who require Medical Technology
Parents and Caregivers
Pediatric Respiratory/Pulmonary Care

Eileen K. Fry-Bowers, PhD, JD, RN, CPNP (San Diego, CA)
Health Policy-Analysis and Public Health Law Research
Parent-provider interaction and communication (Chronic or Complex Illness)
Health Literacy
Pediatric Palliative Care
Pediatric workforce/Regulation of practice

Donna Marvicsin PhD, PPCNP-BC, CDE (Ann Arbor, MI)
Children with type 1 diabetes and their parents
Childhood obesity
Family routines

Judith O'Haver, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, FAANP, FAAN (Phoenix, AZ)
Pediatric Dermatology
Chronic Illness and its impact on children and families

Rita Pickler, PhD, RN, PNP, (Cincinnati, OH)
Neonatal intensive care and follow-up
Neurobehavioral development
Well child care and development management
Infant feeding
Family relationships and effects on child health and development

Ann Marie McCarthy, PhD, RN, FAAN (Iowa City, IA)
Pediatric Procedural Pain Management
Pediatric Psychology
Children with Chronic Health Conditions
School Health

Margaret Brady, PhD, RN, CPNP (Irvine, CA)
Role Delineation
PNP Students
Childhood depression

Barbara Deloian, PhD, RN, CPNP (Castle Rock, CO)
Triangulation of both Quantitative & Qualitative
Parent-child interaction
Infant mental health issues
Children with special needs
Feeding: developmental issues and growth

Mary Gottesman, PhD, RN, CPNP (Columbus, OH)
Triangulation of both Quantitative & Qualitative
Parent-child interaction
Testing of nursing interventions using standard experimental designs

Margaret Grey, PhD, CPNP (Hamden, CT)
Diabetes in children and adolescents
Preventing type 2 diabetes in high risk youth
Practice based research networks in primary care

Jill Kilanowski, PhD, RN, APRN, CPNP, FAAN, (Dublin, OH)
Latino/migrant/immigrant children and adolescents
Healthy weight, health promotion, safety
Nutrition and physical activity
Agricultural safety

Mary C. O'Laughlen, PhD, RN, FNP-PC, FAAAAI (Catlett, VA)
Pediatric asthma
Decision making for medically-at-risk adolescents
Health disparities
Variation in clinical practice as it relates to the quality of care patients with asthma receive

Marina Slemmons, PhD, RN, CPNP (Cumming, GA)
Quantitative/some Qualitative
Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and their parents
Information Literacy
Healthcare Informatics
Use of technology in education

Ann O'Sullivan, PhD, FAAN, CPNP (Philadelphia, PA)
Team building
Infant injuries

Beth Richardson, DNS, RN, CPNP (Indianapolis, IN)
Burnout in CPNPs
Learning styles in BSN students

Nancy Ryan-Wenger, PhD, CPNP (Columbus, OH)
Stress and coping
Stress-related symptoms
Psychosomatic symptoms
Children's drawings as a source of data
Clinical decision-making by NPs
Military families

Arlene Sperhac, PhD, RN, CPNP (Hinsdale, IL)
PNP education/curriculum
PNP role
Outcomes research

Tami L. Thomas, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAANP, FAAN (Miami, FL)
Parents and Children
Adolescent Health/Risk Taking Behavior
Cancer Prevention

Pam Hellings, PhD, CPNP (Portland, OR)
Faculty practice
Program administration
Breastfeeding-family and clinician competency issues
Working and breastfeeding
Pediatric content in NP programs

Lisa Kohr, MSN, MPH, CPNP, CCRN (Newtown Square, PA)
Cardiovascular disease in children
Outcome research
Impact of PNP care

Arlene Butz, ScD, RN, CPNP (Freeland, MD)
Childhood asthma
Nurse home-based inteventions
Adherence to asthma medications in children
In-utero drug exposed infants and children

Agatha Gallo, PhD, CPNP (River Forest, IL)
Family (chronic illness)
Siblings in childhood chronic illness
Information Management (genetics)

Linda C. Lewin, PhD, APRN-BC (Westlake, OH)
Quantitative and Qualitative
At-risk parenting, parent-child relational quality, child maltreatment

Sharron Docherty, PhD, CPNP (Hillsborough, NC)
Quantitative/Qualitative (longitudinal designs using both methods)
Longitudinal designs using both quantitative and qualitative methods
Quality of life of children and their families undergoing intensive treatments for life threatening illnesses

Lois S. Sadler, PhD, PNP-BC, FAAN (Cheshire, CT)
Interdisciplinary Research
Teen Pregnancy Prevention
Adolescent Parenting
At-Risk Young Families

Leigh Small, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC (Henrico, VA)
Pediatric Patients
Obesity Treatment, Obesity Prevention
Dietary Measurement
Activity Measurement

Kathleen Speer, PhD, RN, PNP-BC (McKinney, TX)
Evidence-Based Practice
Professional Nursing Practice
Pediatric Falls
Pediatric NSI Data

Catherine Burns, PhD, CPNP (Sherwood, OR)
PNPs Role and Demographics