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Beradette Melnyk

Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN is an internationally recognized expert in child and adolescent mental health and evidence-based practice, and is frequently invited to speak at conferences around the world on these topics. Dr. Melnyk has published over 250 writings and is the co-editor of four books, including one that won an American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year award. She also recently founded the National Interprofessional Education and Practice Collaborative as well as the first National Summit on Building Healthy Academic Communities. Dr. Melnyk also serves as an editor for the Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing journal.

Richard Arbour

Richard Arbour, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNRN, CCNS, CCTC, FAAN is a Neuroscience/Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist at Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine. In his role, Mr. Arbour sits on the Institutional Review Board, evaluating and mentoring nursing research and evidence-based practice initiatives. As an author, Mr. Arbour’s published work includes qualitative research exploring roles and personal responses experienced by bedside clinicians as well as optimal utilization of EEG and EEG-derived monitoring in critical care. He is published extensively in the critical care literature with his works utilized nationally and internationally as references for brain death testing, managing traumatic brain injury and clinical management of the organ donor. He is currently site coordinator for Lancaster Health’s participation in a national collaborative through the Society of Critical Care Medicine implementing process improvements for enhancing patient and family-centered care.


Marianne Bittle, MSN, RNC-OB is the Clinical Practice Leader for the Mother-Baby Unit at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Rutgers University’s Camden College of Arts and Sciences and her Masters of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis on Nursing Education from Grand Canyon University.  She has worked in many roles throughout her career, as a clinical nurse, in staff development and management as well as in academia and medical research. She has co - authored publications related to neonatal pain management and postpartum hypertension and has presented at the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing annual convention on the topics of Comfort Care, Non-separation newborn admission care, and Processes to improve admission care for newborns exposed to chorioamnionitis. She is currently completing a unit-based quality improvement project examining the relationship between postpartum maternal fatigue and observed unsafe maternal-infant sleep practices.

Marianne Bittle
Kathryn H. Bowles

Kathryn H. Bowles, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI is the vanAmeringen Professor in Nursing Excellence and Director of the Center for Integrative Science in Aging at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Vice President and Director of the Center for Home Care Policy and Research at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York.


Dr. Bowles’ program of research and expertise in transitional care, home care, and with the electronic health record has been continuously funded for 20 years by federal and foundation sources. She has over 200 publications and presentations and she has served on many national committees and workgroups to advance the care of older Americans. She has served on the National Quality Forum, the Care Coordination Steering Committee and was a member of the Heath Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) Care Coordination Committee to identify standards for the electronic health record.


Regina S. Cunningham, PhD, RN, AOCN, NEA-BC, FAAN is an accomplished nurse executive, scientist, and educator who has made impactful contributions to advancing nursing practice and clinical care. Cunningham is currently Chief Nurse Executive & Senior Vice President for the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Chief Nurse Executive & Associate Executive Director at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and Adjunct Professor and Assistant Dean for Clinical Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing.   She has extensive experience in the organization and delivery of nursing service across the care continuum, with particular expertise in the utilization of nursing resources in care delivery systems. In her capacity as Chief Nurse Executive, she has responsibility for a broad array of strategic and operational functions, including the development of professional practice standards, oversight of quality, and strengthening the integration of scholarship within the practice of nursing. Her research interests include the effect of nursing on outcomes, clinical trials, and innovative models of care delivery.


She has been funded on numerous research initiatives and currently serves as Principal Investigator on a $1.7 million award from the National Cancer Institute focused on developing strategies to improve accrual to clinical trials. Dr. Cunningham received a baccalaureate degree from The College of Mount St. Vincent, a Master of Arts in the Delivery of Nursing Service from New York University, a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania, and then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University. She was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow in 2006 and was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2014.

Regina S. Cunningham
Jill Doyle

Jill Doyle BSN, RN, CEN is the Charge Nurse in Interventional Radiology at the Chester County Hospital, a position she has held since 2013.  Prior to beginning this role, she received her diploma from the Reading Hospital School of Nursing and a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Immaculata University. Jill is currently enrolled in a master of science in nursing program at Immaculata University.

As a nurse for 28 years with both Emergency Room and Radiology backgrounds, Jill is very focused on customer service and improving the patient experience. She is currently the Primary Investigator examining the use of aromatherapy for biopsy patients during the pre-procedural period and its effects on pre-procedural anxiety in Interventional Radiology at PMCCH.


Athena Fernandes, DNP, MSN, RN-BC is a Senior Physician Systems Analyst at Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital. In this role, she leads electronic health record initiatives, liaising between clinicians and information technology. Dr. Fernandes obtained her doctorate in executive leadership from Drexel University, where her DNP project was a qualitative study exploring the patients’ experiences, expectations and satisfaction with point of care electronic documentation. Dr. Fernandes is actively involved in professional informatics nursing organizations. Nationally, Dr. Fernandes serves on the American Nursing Informatics Association’s (ANIA) Evidence Based Practice Committee and is a peer review member of ANIA’s Journal of Informatics Nursing. Regionally, she volunteers her time at the Greater Delaware Valley ANIA chapter, where she serves as co-chair of the technology committee, is on the executive board and is a member of the conference planning committee. Dr. Fernandes has presented at both regional and national conferences.

Athena Fernandes
Linda Hatfield

Linda Hatfield, PhD, RN, NNP-BC received her BS, MS and PhD from The Pennsylvania State University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Human Molecular Genetics from the National Institute of Nursing Research. Dr. Hatfield is an Assistant Professor of Evidence-based Practice, a board certified neonatal nurse practitioner, and the faculty advisor to the School of Nursing’s Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing. As Director of Research and Evidence-based Practice at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, Dr. Hatfield’s clinical responsibilities facilitate direct care nurse’s awareness and understanding of nursing research and evidence based practice.


Dr. Hatfield’s program of research investigating the analgesic properties of behavioral and environmental interventions, the genetic association between treatment interventions and infant pain physiology, and the long-term effects of undermanaged pain in infants and young children has received national and international recognition. She is a member of numerous scholarly and professional organizations and regularly reviews manuscripts for national and international pediatric and pain management journals. Dr. Hatfield teaches advanced research methods and lectures on pediatric pain management and molecular genetics in undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing.


Linda Hoke, PhD, RN, AGCNS-BC, CCNS, CCRN, WCC received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Widener University her Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and her PhD from Temple University.  Dr. Hoke is a unit based Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in the Beacon Certified progressive cardiac intermediate care unit at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr Hoke mentors clinical nurses, CNS and CNS students, supporting their professional development with achieving certification, abstract submission, poster development and podium presentations.  She has led a numerous peer review abstract works shops at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania with excellent acceptance rate. This work was published in Hoke, L.M. & Papa, A.M. (2014). Increasing the Odds, Using Peer Review Promotes Successful Abstract Submission. Clinical Nurse Specialist. 28 (1): 46-55. Dr. Hoke is nationally recognized through numerous publications, research, and presentations.

Linda Hoke
Sharon Irving

Sharon Irving, PhD, RN, CRNP, FCCM is a Clinician Educator at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Her clinical practice and research inquiry focuses on the significance of optimal nutrition, in critically ill children. Her work includes investigating nutrition deficits that arise immediately before and during critical illness. Using a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach across the disciplines of nutrition, nursing and medicine, Dr. Irving is involved in ongoing efforts to identify and implement solutions related to the assessment of nutritional needs, prescription and delivery of optimal nutrition support to children in the pediatric intensive care unit. This work is building evidence that links nutrition delivery early in the course of illness with improved patient outcomes in this vulnerable population. Recognized regionally and nationally, she serves on interdisciplinary committees to address the complexity of providing optimal nutrition to critically ill children. Dr. Irving earned her BSN from Marquette University, and the MSN and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing


Juliane Jablonski, DNP, RN, CCRN, CCNS is a critical care clinical nurse specialist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.   She has unit based accountabilities for clinical practice and operations in a general surgical ICU. She also leads the hospital-wide nursing critical care practice/policy committee.  She graduated in 2014 with her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Johns Hopkins University. Her DNP work focused on outcomes related to the implementation of pain, agitation, and delirium (PAD) guidelines in surgical critical care. Dr. Jablonski is now the co-chair to the Penn Medicine critical care committee leading initiatives to increase ICU value through translation of the Society for Critical Care Medicine ABCDEF Bundle. She has worked on national critical care collaborative groups for Wake up and Breath and Delirium initiatives. Dr. Jablonski has published work related to implementation of PAD guidelines, and recently published a book chapter on pain, agitation, and delirium in Principles of Surgical Critical Care.

Juliane Jablonski
Sharon Kelly

Sharon Kelly, BSN, RN-BC, Clinical Nurse III has been working at Pennsylvania Hospital’s Hall Mercer Crisis Response Center since 2007. She earned her BSN at Gwynedd Mercy University in 2013 and her AAS at Montgomery County Community College. She is a member of Pennsylvania Hospital’s Research and Evidence Based Practice Council. She is one of the two current Pennsylvania Hospital Research Scholars who worked with Dr. Linda Hatfield, and Dr. Linda Aiken and her team at the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research. The project entitled The Association between Staff Engagement and Patient and Nurse Outcomes was presented as a poster at the Academy Health Annual Research Meeting in Boston in June 2016, and the paper Nursing Engagement in Shared Governance and Patient and Nurse Outcomes was published in JONA’s November 2016 issue.

Julia Lavenberg, PhD, RN, is a Research Analyst at Penn Medicine’s Center for Evidence-based Practice (CEP).  She has 30 years of clinical nursing experience and a doctorate from Penn’s Graduate School of Education.  Prior to joining CEP, she held education-related research positions with the Campbell Collaboration, Rutgers University, and the School District of Philadelphia. Since joining CEP, Dr. Lavenberg has completed ~50 reports for stakeholders across the health system. She has published in peer review journals, co-authored a Cochrane review, conducted peer review for Cochrane and other international organizations, and presented on information retrieval strategies at local and international conferences. At Penn Medicine, she presents at meetings and helps guide nurses in developing search strategies and critical appraisal techniques.

Julia Lavenberg
Patricia Maguire

Patricia Maguire, MA, BSN, RN, CMSRN Clinical Nurse III, has been working at Pennsylvania Hospital on 5 Cathcart since November 2011. She earned her BSN from Drexel University in 2010, and is currently pursuing an MSN as a Clinical Nurse Leader, also at Drexel. She is a Pennsylvania Hospital Research Scholar who worked with Linda Hatfield, PhD, and Linda Aiken, PhD and her team at the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research. The project entitled The Association between Staff Engagement and Patient and Nurse Outcomes was presented as a poster at the Academy Health Annual Research Meeting in Boston in June 2016, and the paper has been published in the November 2016 issue of JONA. She received the 2016 Helen McClelland Clinical Excellence Award for Research and Innovation, and has recently completed a research project on 5 Cathcart with a team entitled The Effect of Coloring Therapy on the Anxiety Level of Medical-Surgical Nurses and Support Staff During Their Shift. This project was presented as a poster at the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses (AMSN) Convention in Washington, DC in September, and will be presented at the American Nurses Association Conference in Tampa, FL in March 2017.


Barbara Medoff-Cooper, PhD, RN, FAAN is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and holds the Ruth M. Colket endowed chair in pediatric nursing at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  After receiving a BSN and MSN in pediatric nursing she practiced as a pediatric nurse practitioner at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and in private practice. Dr. Medoff-Cooper completed her PhD. with an emphasis on infant development in 1984 and then went on to become a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar where she studied neurodevelopment in high risk infants.  She has been a member of the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing since 1986. As a CHOP based Penn faculty she has conducting research in the Cardiac Center with a focus on infant neurodevelopmental and maternal stress.  She is nationally and internationally recognized as an expert in infant feeding behaviors, growth and developmental outcomes in both preterm infants and infants with complex congenital heart disease.   She has been funded by the NIH and various foundations and professional organizations for over 30 years.

Barbara Medoff-Cooper
Cheryl Ann Monturo

Cheryl Ann Monturo, PhD, MBE, ACNP-BC is Professor of Nursing at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, and a Research Specialist for Penn Medicine at Chester County Hospital in West Chester, Pennsylvania. She earned a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, a Master’s Degree and Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing and a Master’s Degree in Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania Schools of Nursing and Medicine in Philadelphia, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ. She completed a Hartford Claire M. Fagin postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in cooperation with the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Philadelphia.


Her program of research focuses on bioethical issues related to palliative and hospice care in older adults. Dr. Monturo authored or co-authored more than 20 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, lectured locally and nationally on her research interests and serves on local and national ethics and advisory boards/panels as a Nurse Bioethicist. Dr. Monturo is the recipient of both pre and postdoctoral national scholarships.


JoAnne Phillips, DNP, RN, CPPS is the Manager of Quality and Patient Safety for Penn Home care and Hospice Services. In this role, Dr. Phillips oversees quality and safety processes for the home health and palliative care patients.  Dr. Phillips currently serves as the site coordinator for a research study for the home care patients on “Measuring the Effectiveness of a Mobile App for Image Analysis of Chronic Wounds.”  She was also the site coordinator for the PULSE Trial, an NIH funded study to evaluate the effect of implementing the AHA practice standards for ECG monitoring on nurses’ knowledge, quality of care, and patient outcomes.  Dr. Phillips was a 2007-2008 Patient Safety Fellow with the National Patient Safety Foundation.  Dr. Phillips is the chair of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialist task force on Alarm Fatigue and the National Coalition on Alarm Safety Nurse Education Committee.   In 2015, Dr. Phillips earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Vanderbilt University, where the focus of her capstone project was “Evaluation of Telemetry Utilization on Medical Surgical Patients.”

JoAnne Phillips
Rosemary C. Polomano

Rosemary C. Polomano, PhD, RN, FAAN is Professor of Pain Practice at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care (Secondary) at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia. She earned her PhD from the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore, and her Master’s and Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Laboratory Research at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.


Her programs of research focus on instrument development and testing of patient-reported outcome measures, advancing the translation of pain science to practice, and post-surgical and cancer-related pain and acute and chronic pain in military service members and Veterans. Dr. Polomano has participated in several national advisory boards and panels, and has authored several evidence-based guidelines and expert consensus reports on pain management. She has lectured throughout the country on pain-related topics. She has been involved with numerous research projects and has authored or co-authored more than 80 peer-reviewed articles and 30 book chapters in nursing and medical textbooks. Dr. Polomano has received numerous scholarships and national research awards for her investigations related to acute and chronic pain management.

Aditi Rao

Aditi Rao, PhD, RN is the Director of Nursing Operations and the Magnet Program Director at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to beginning in this role, Dr. Rao completed her doctorate in nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, mentored by Dr. Lois Evans. Her dissertation research examined the influence of network characteristics and support structures on turnover intention among nursing home directors of nursing. Dr. Rao has worked in administrative and clinical roles in long-term and acute care settings. Her research areas of interest include workforce development and the care of older adults. She is currently a co-investigator on a HRSA-funded project that aims to develop a nurse-led interprofessional collaborative practice model to strengthen care delivery for older adults in the acute care setting. She began her nursing career as a clinical nurse at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Jessica Rearden

Jessica Rearden, PhD, RN is a postdoctoral fellow in the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research. She received a BSN from Cedar Crest College and an MS and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Rearden’s clinical background is in oncology nursing. She has worked as a bone marrow transplant nurse at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and as a clinical research nurse and clinical research nursing supervisor in the Abramson Cancer Center. Her research focuses on the influence of nursing care on cancer patient outcomes, eliminating cancer health disparities and improving opportunities for cancer clinical trial enrollment among under-represented groups. Dr. Rearden’s dissertation, titled “Examining Opportunity for Cancer Clinical Trial Participation Among Under-represented Groups” was supported by the National Institute of Nursing and the American Nurses Foundation/Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science.


Lindsey E. Rehl, DNP, CRNP, RN, FNP-BC, a Clinical Nurse III at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, has been working with the Penn Trauma and Orthopedics department since 2008. She currently serves as the chair of the Penn Presbyterian Intellect of Inquiry, which aims to foster and guide nursing research throughout the hospital in order to improve patient outcomes. She is also a member of the Translational Research committee, which brings evidenced based research into practice. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine from Valdosta State University in 2001, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Drexel University Accelerated program in 2007. In May 2016, she earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, specializing in Family, from Temple University.  She is an ANCC board certified Family Nurse Practitioner, and an adjunct clinical faculty for LaSalle University’s undergraduate nursing program.

Lindsey E. Rehl
Therese S. Richmond

Therese S. Richmond, PhD, CRNP, FAAN is the Andrea B. Laporte Professor at the School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania where she is the Associate Dean for Research & Innovation.  She served as the inaugural director of the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation, a unique integrated BSN-PhD program designed to develop the next cadre of nurse scholars, facilitating rigorous and rapid progression towards the PhD and focuses on integration, innovation, and impact. Dr. Richmond has an extensive program of research focused on prevention of injury and violence and improving recovery from serious injury. Her research has been supported by NIMH, NINR, CDC, Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Joyce Foundation. She is currently funded by the NINR to examine the disparate effects of injury in seriously injured urban Black men. 


Dr. Richmond serves on the Executive Committee of the CDC-Funded Penn Injury Science Center and directs the Training, Education & Outreach Core. The goal of this center is to perform the highest quality research, training and translation of scientific discoveries into practice and policy to reduce injuries and violence and their impact, especially among vulnerable urban populations. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, the Training & Infrastructure Committee of SAVIR, and the Science Committee of the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science.

Lynn Stringer

Marilyn (Lynn) Stringer, PhD, RN, FAAN is a Professor Emeritus in Women’s Health Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania.  In her role she advances the missions of both the School of Nursing and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania through the unique integration of teaching, practice, and scholarship.  Dr. Stringer’s has be recognized globally for her clinical scholarship that focuses on the promotion of a healthy pregnancy and the reduction of preterm births for high-risk women.  She  has changed the paradigm of advanced practice nursing with the incorporation of a highly sophisticated method of fetal assessment, limited obstetrical ultrasonography (LOBU), known to improve birth outcomes by reducing infant morbidity and mortality. In addition, Dr. Stringer is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Women’s Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nursing. 

Rebecca L. Trotta

Rebecca L. Trotta, PhD, RN is the Director of Nursing Research and Science at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  In this role, Dr. Trotta oversees nursing research initiatives and provides leadership for advancing nursing research capacity and the translation of evidence into practice.  Dr. Trotta received her doctorate in nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, and her dissertation focused on palliative care for frail older adults in the nursing home setting.   Prior to receiving her doctorate, Dr. Trotta practiced as a geriatric nurse practitioner and a clinical nurse in cardiac intermediate care.


Dr. Trotta’s program of research focuses on care of older adults in the acute care setting.  She is currently the Principal Investigator on a $1.5 M grant from the Health Resources Administration aimed at developing a nurse-led interprofessional care model to address the needs of older adults in the acute care setting.  

Rebecca L. Trotta

Jill Vanak, PhD, ACNP-BC, AOCNP, is a board certified acute care nurse practitioner and health care outcomes strategist, who came to the University of Pennsylvania Health System from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) in New York. Dr. Vanak specializes in the care of patients with onco-hematologic malignancies, specifically those patients whose treatment includes hematopoietic stem cell transplant. Dr. Vanak was employed in a clinical and research role from 2003-2016, beginning her career as a registered nurse on the Bone Marrow Transplant in-patient unit. She has performed at multiple clinical levels, and in 2007 took on the role of research nurse practitioner for the lymphoma service at MSK. She has experience in the design and implementation of clinical trials and was a founding director and co-principal investigator of a Homebound Stem Cell Transplantation program. In addition to her previous clinical roles, Dr. Vanak served as a healthcare outcomes research strategist.

Dr. Vanak is a published author of articles on interventions and treatments for patients with onco-hematologic malignancies. She is an active member of the Oncology Nursing Society and a member of Academy Health. She is an ANCC board-certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP-BC), an Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner (AOCNP), and Bone Marrow Transplant Certified Registered Nurse (BMTCN). Dr. Vanak received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Georgetown University. She received her Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Columbia University and completed her doctorate (PhD) at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research Center. 

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