Dr. Heather Tubbs Cooley is an assistant professor and nurse scientist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and an affiliated faculty member at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing. Dr. Tubbs Cooley studies effects of nursing care on pediatric outcomes with a particular focus on nursing care quality in neonatal intensive care environments.
Dr. Tubbs Cooley received an R36 Dissertation Award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (2010) for her doctoral research examining the impact of nurse staffing levels on pediatric readmission and is the inaugural recipient of Cincinnati Children’s Research Scholars in Patient Services (PS2) Award. This mentored career development grant supports her innovative research examining missed nursing care as a predictor of clinical and safety outcomes in neonatal intensive care units. Dr. Tubbs Cooley conducts her research in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team of clinicians, scientists, and operations staff with expertise in clinical and health services research, patient safety, human factors and ergonomics, informatics, and quality improvement. She is a collaborator and co-investigator on several additional projects funded by NIH, PCORI, and Cincinnati Children's.