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Suzanne E. Courtwright

TitleFaculty Fellow
InstitutionUniversity of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus
DepartmentCON-DEAN Administration
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0003-2911-360X Additional info

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    University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical CampusPhD 2022Healthcare Systems
    Columbia University, New York, NYMS2003Nurse Practitioner
    Syracuse University, Syracuse, NYBSN1996
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    2021Doris Kemp Smith Award, University of Colorado
    2020Nancy Hester Scholarship Award, University of Colorado
    2018Joan Hess Scholarship Award, University of Colorado
    2017Dean's Early Scholar Award, University of Colorado
    2011Humanism in Healthcare Award, Healthcare Foundation of NJ / NJ Hospital Association
    2006Fellow, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
    2002Induction into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, Columbia University School of Nursing
    1996Alice Reynolds Award for Nursing Excellence, Syracuse University College of Nursing

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    Research Interests: Health Systems Research, Child Wellbeing, Social Determinants of Health, Health Equity and Disparities, Adolescent Mental Health, Learning Health Systems, Patient Reported Outcomes, Mixed Methods, Big Data, Health Policy

    Biography:Suzanne is a Senior Faculty Fellow and PhD candidate at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus College of Nursing in the Health Systems Research track. Her program of research aims to influence mental health policy and healthcare delivery models for adolescents and young adults, knowing that emotional wellbeing improves morbidity, mortality, cost, length of stay and disease specific outcomes in adult populations. Her research is focused on reducing health disparities and promoting health equity in adolescent populations through innovative mental healthcare delivery models.

    Suzanne is currently conducting mixed methods research analyzing factors influencing adolescent engagement with children’s mental health systems during the Covid-19 pandemic. She utilizes the Systems Research Organizing Model (Ferketich & Verran, 1990) as a framework to analyze data convergently through path analysis, multiple linear regressions and interpretive phenomenology methods. Her research highlighted the antecedents necessary to promote social determinants of emotional wellbeing in adolescents. This work led to a better understanding of social determinants and individual-level factors of mental health and wellbeing for adolescents with chronic conditions.

    Her research questions draw from twenty years of clinical service as a pediatric nurse practitioner and nurse leader in urban children’s academic medical centers in New York City and Philadelphia. Her leadership posts included Director of Patient Care Services, Program Director for Professional Practice, and most recently as Administrative Director at the Research Institute of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She serves as Vice President of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society Alpha Zeta Chapter at Columbia University School of Nursing, and serves the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) as a board member on the Cabinet for Nursing Practice, and as a Legislative Ambassador for the PSNA. She served as a mentor for doctoral students at Loyola University and Monmouth University, and mentored graduate students as a Clinical Instructor at Columbia University School of Nursing. Her current teaching role at the University of Colorado College of Nursing includes facilitating the Interprofessional Healthcare Ethics course (IPHE 6000) and select undergraduate courses. Suzanne earned her BSN at Syracuse University College of Nursing and her MSN as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Columbia University School of Nursing. Her research is funded by the following research awards: the Doris Kemp Research Award, the Dean's Early Scholar Award, the Joan Hess Award and the Nancy Hester Award.

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         (Suzanne Courtwright, PI)Dec 10, 2021
    Doris Kemp Smith Award ($6,500)
    Emotional Wellbeing, Health Access Literacy, Health Self-Efficacy, and Meaningful Engagement with the Children’s’ Health System in Adolescents with Chronic Health Conditions
    Role Description: Purpose: to understand the relationships between health access literacy, health self-efficacy, emotional wellbeing, meaningful engagement to better inform development of integrated person-centered children’s’ healthcare systems.

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    1. Courtwright SE, Barr EA. Pediatric nurse practitioner workforce shortage threatens child health equity: Key contributors and recommendations. J Am Assoc Nurse Pract. 2023 Nov 01; 35(11):661-665. PMID: 37883490.
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    2. Poghosyan L, Courtwright S, Flandrick KR, Pollifrone MM, Schlak A, O'Reilly-Jacob M, Brooks Carthon JM, Gigli KH, Porat-Dahlerbruch J, Alexander G, Brom H, Maier CB, Timmons E, Ferrara S, Martsolf GR. Advancement of research on nurse practitioners: Setting a research agenda. Nurs Outlook. 2023 Sep-Oct; 71(5):102029. PMID: 37619489.
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    3. Courtwright SE, Jones J, Barton A, Peterson K, Eigen K, Feuerstein J, Pawa A, Pawa A, Northridge J, Pall H. Including Voices of Adolescents With Chronic Conditions in the Redesign of Children's Mental Health Systems: Implications for Resource Allocation. J Pediatr Health Care. 2023 Jul-Aug; 37(4):381-390. PMID: 36863886.
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    4. Courtwright SE, Jones J, Barton A, Peterson K, Eigen K, Feuerstein J, Pawa A, Pawa A, Northridge J, Pall H. Adolescents with chronic conditions: Engagement with children's mental health systems during the Covid-19 pandemic. J Spec Pediatr Nurs. 2023 04; 28(2):e12403. PMID: 36815596.
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    5. Poghosyan L, Liu J, Schlak A, Courtwright S, Flandrick K, Nantsupawat A, Martsolf GR. Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Burnout and ED Use and Hospitalizations Among Chronically Ill Medicare Beneficiaries. Inquiry. 2023 Jan-Dec; 60:469580231219108. PMID: 38146179.
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    6. Courtwright SE, Le Pard A, Jones J. Emotional Wellbeing in Adolescents Living With Chronic Conditions: A Metasynthesis of the Qualitative Literature. J Adolesc Health. 2022 06; 70(6):864-876. PMID: 35168883.
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    7. Courtwright S.E., LePard A., Jones J. (in press). . Emotional wellbeing in youth living with chronic disease: A meta-synthesis of the qualitative literature. Journal of Adolescent Health.(Accepted for publication December 19, 2021). 2021.
    8. Jenkins P, Jones J, Koutlas A, Courtwright S, Davis J, Liggett L. Constructing Doctoral Leadership Scholarly Role Boundaries Through Intraprofessional Nursing Education. ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 2020 Oct/Dec; 43(4):360-374. PMID: 32358242.
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    9. Courtwright SE, Flynn Makic MB, Jones J. Emotional wellbeing in youth: A concept analysis. Nurs Forum. 2020 Apr; 55(2):106-117. PMID: 31677158.
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    10. Courtwright SE, Mastro KA, Preuster C, Dardashti N, McGill S, Madelon M, Johnson D. Reducing hospital-acquired pressure ulcers using bundle methodology in pediatric and neonatal patients receiving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation therapy: An integrative review and call to action. J Spec Pediatr Nurs. 2017 10; 22(4). PMID: 28885765.
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