Center for Pediatric Nursing Research

Leadership and Affiliates

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.

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.

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.

Kristen Carlin, MPH

Kristy Carlin Biostatistician, 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.

Denise Sackinger, PhD, MN, RN, CPN

Support Leader, Nursing Quality, Safety, & Magnet, Seattle Children’s

Denise Sackinger is the leader for the Nursing Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Fellowship and mentor for the Innovations and Improvements Council. She guides and supports nurses in identifying and investigating best practices related to clinical questions. Her research interests are centered around quality and safety of hospitalized children.

Emily Moore, PhD Candidate, MSN, ARNP, CPNP-PC

Emily Moore RWJF Future of Nursing Scholar
Advanced Practice Provider, Seattle Children's
Manager APP Education, Seattle Children's

Emily Moore is the manager of Advanced Practice Provider clinical education. She is also a clinical nurse practitioner in outpatient cardiology. Emily is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar at the University of Arizona and is entering her last semester of doctoral school. Emily’s program of research is centered around infant survival in rural communities, specifically looking at what care coordination factors impact infant well-being in the context of infants with single ventricle heart.

Affiliate members

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

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

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

Lyndsay MacKay, PhD, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing, Seattle Pacific University

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

Barbara B. Cochrane, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA
Professor, Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing, University of Washington

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

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

Weichao Yuwen PhD, RN
Assistant Professor, University of Washington Tacoma