336 Victoria Building
3500 Victoria Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
My research focuses on designing and testing ways to promote patient recovery and decrease caregiver burden following critical illness. Currently, I am pilot testing an in-home exercise program using a telerehabilitation platform [Versatile and Integrated System for Telerehabilitation (VISYTER)] as a way to improve ICU survivors’ functional recovery and to reduce physical and psychological stress in their family caregivers. I am also exploring the feasibility of delivering a telerehabilitation-based home exercise program to lung transplant candidates and recipients. These pilot projects are supported by several grants including the Ruth Perkins Kuehn Award, University of Pittsburgh Center for Research and Development Fund, American Nurses Foundation Research Grant, and International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation Nursing Health Sciences and Allied Health Research Grant.
Since 2011, I have been the instructor for the course, Ethics in Nursing and Health Care (NUR 1085) for the students in BSN and accelerated second-degree programs. I hold an affiliate faculty appointment in the Center for Bioethics and Law at the University and serve as a member of ethics committee at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.
Within the School of Nursing, I have worked with the BSN Council, Diversity Committee and the Academic Integrity Committee. At the local/regional level, I am active in Sigma Theta Tau, Eta Chapter, serving as a member of the research and clinical awards committee. I am also the School of Nursing’s Representative to the Greater Pittsburgh Nursing Research Conference and a member of their scholarship and grant review committee. At UPMC Presbyterian, I am a member of the hospital ethics committee and participate in a working group of multidisciplinary ICU clinicians on the development of a post-ICU clinic and early mobility project. On the international stage, I am an active member of the Nursing Assembly of the American Thoracic Society where I serve as a member of the Nominating Committee (elected) and Program Committee (2009-present). In 2014, I was selected to participate in the National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s Early Career Reviewer Program.