Janet A. Deatrick, PhD, FAAN, is a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Dr. Deatrick has employed conceptual, empirical, and methodological strategies in her research focusing on parenting children who are potentially vulnerable (children with cancer and chronic conditions). Her work in parenting is among the first in the nursing sciences to provide a perspective to family strengths, define family members as partners in care, and explicate the roles of families in their health care situation through qualitative and mixed methods. She serves on 8 editorial boards for nursing and interdisciplinary and reviews for 12 other journals. She has also served as a reviewer for the NIH National Institute for Nursing Research Study Section for Fellowship and Career Awards and is presently a nominee to become a permanent member of the NIH Nursing and Related Clinical Sciences Study Section.
Dr. Deatrick has developed an ongoing collaborative relationship for research and research training with the Survivorship, Neuro-Oncology and Psychosocial Oncology Teams at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She is the leader of an interdisciplinary team comprised of advanced practice nurses, a pediatric oncologist, a pediatric neuro-oncologist, and a psychologist at CHOP, investigating mothers as caregivers for adolescent and young adult survivors of childhood brain tumors living at home. The data collection for their NIH- funded study used an innovative conceptualization (care-giving, family, and neuro-sciences) and a mixed methods design to understand the complex factors creating outcomes for these survivors and caregivers. They were the first to examine a large cohort (n=186) of childhood brain tumor survivors and their caregivers/mothers, and are currently conducting a study funded by Alex’s Lemonade Stand that adds father’s perceptions and includes internet based data collection through the NIH funded Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) portal.
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