Debra Ridling, PhD, MS, RN, NEA-BC

Debra RidlingDirector, Center for Pediatric Nursing Research
Associate Chief Nurse, Practice and Research, Seattle Children’s
Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of Washington

Debra Ridling is the director of the Center for Nursing Research. She is also the associate chief nurse and senior director for nursing practice and research at Seattle Children’s. She and her team lead the programs of evidence-based clinical practice; quality and safety; professional development; orientation; nurse residency; education and competency; informatics; shared governance; Magnet; outreach education; schools of nursing; and others.

Karen Thomas, PhD, RN

Karen ThomasNursing Scientist, Seattle Children’s
Professor Emeritus, School of Nursing, University of Washington

Karen Thomas is a nursing scientist in Seattle Children’s Center for Pediatric Nursing Research, where she focuses on promoting nursing research through mentorship, instruction and the creation of new resouces. She collaborates across both university and other pediatric healthcare settings to facilitate pediatric research.

Elaine Walsh, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC

Elaine WalshNursing Scientist, Seattle Children’s
Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of Washington

Elaine Walsh is a nursing scientist in Seattle Children’s Center for Pediatric Nursing Research, where her research focuses on the resiliency of nurses and other health professionals. She is also an associate professor at the University of Washington School of Nursing, where she holds various leadership positions including vice chair for education in the Psychosocial and Community Health Department. She has received NIH funding for research on suicide prevention and the translation of research interventions into community settings. Her focus on suicide prevention and mental health is helping individuals, families and communities to be more resilient despite challenges presented in their daily lives.

Kristen Carlin, MPH

Kristy CarlinBiostatistician, Seattle Children’s

Kristy Carlin is an experienced biostatistician within Seattle Children’s Core for Biomedical Statistics. As a member of the Center for Pediatric Nursing Research, she also helps researchers and nurses with study design, data analysis and manuscript preparation.

Nursing Research Steering Committee Members

The Nursing Research Steering Committee is responsible for creating structure and processes to advance the vision of the Center for Nursing Research. The committee is also responsible for planning the annual nursing research symposium.

Debra Ridling, PhD, MS, RN, NEA-BC
Committee Chair
Associate Chief Nurse, Nursing Practice and Research

Uba Backonja, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor, University of Washington, Tacoma

Laura Baker, MS, RN
Director, Pediatric Clinical Research Center

Kristen Carlin, MPH
Biostatistician, Seattle Children’s Core for Biomedical Statistics

Sallie Davis-Kirsch, PhD, RN
Chief, Clinical Quality, Accountable Care

Tammy Fairbanks, BSN, RN, RNC-NIC
Clinical Operations Manager, Ambulatory

Shannon Fitzgerald, MSN, ARNP
Chief, Advanced Practice Services

Heather Hawk, DNP, RN, CCRN
Clinical Nurse, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Patty Hencz, BA, RN
Director, Interpreter and Translation Services

Kristi Klee, DNP, MS, RN, CPN
Support Leader, Nursing Quality and Safety

Emily F. Moore, ARNP
Regional Nurse Practitioner, Heart Center

Rebecca O’Connor, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Child Nursing, University of Washington

Dedra Schendzielos, MHA
Director, Integrated Business Operations – Clinical, Translational and Community Research

Kristen Swanson, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean, College of Nursing, Seattle University

Karen Thomas, PhD, RN
Nursing Scientist

Elaine Walsh, PhD, RN
Nursing Scientist

Lorie Wild, PhD, MN, BSN
Dean, School of Health Sciences, Seattle Pacific University

Affiliate members

Affiliate members of the Center for Pediatric Nursing Research are nurse researchers from other academic organizations conducting research at Seattle Children’s.

Uba Backonja, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor, University of Washington, Tacoma

Michelle DiLulo-Parton, MSN, RN
Senior Instructor, College of Nursing, Seattle University

Jennifer Hart, ARNP, RN, CPNP
Clinical Instructor, College of Nursing, Seattle University

Amy Howells, PhD, ARNP
Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Child Nursing, University of Washington

Andrea Landis, PhD, RN, FNP-BC
Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Child Nursing, University of Washington

Heidi Monroe, MSN, RN, CPN
Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing, Seattle Pacific University

Rebecca O’Connor, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Child Nursing, University of Washington

Teresa Ward, PhD, RN
Associate Professor, Department of Family and Child Nursing, University of Washington