Faculty & Staff

There are many nursing and medical faculty and clinicians who participate in interprofessional education at the University of Virginia. Pharmacists, therapists, and other professional colleagues also play a vital role.

Valentina (Tina) Brashers MD, FACP, FNAP

Professor of Nursing and Woodard Clinical Scholar
Attending Physician in Internal Medicine
University of Virginia Schools of Nursing and Medicine
Founder and Co-Director of the Center for ASPIRE

Dr. Brashers is the founder and coDirector of the Center for Academic Strategic Partnerships for Interprofessional Research and Education. She is known nationally for her service and scholarship in the area of interprofessional education and collaborative care. She served for many years as the Vice President for Interdisciplinary Care for the National Academies of Practice where she received the Nicholas Cummings Award for Contributions to the Interprofessional Healthcare Field. She currently is a coPI for several intra and extramural interprofessional education grants and serves as a consultant, editor, expert panel member, presenter, and workshop leader in many educational, clinical, and policy settings.

Dr. Brashers has been a full-time faculty member of the Schools of Nursing and Medicine for over 20 years where she teaches pathophysiology, immunology, pulmonary assessment, physical examination, and chest x-ray interpretation to graduate and undergraduate nursing students, medical students, and health professionals. She is a founding member of the UVA School of Medicine Academy of Distinguished Educators and is the first physician to be elected as an honorary member of the UVA Nursing Alumni Association.

Valentina (Tina) Brashers

Julie Haizlip, MD

Associate Professor
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Co-Director of the Center for ASPIRE

Dr. Haizlip is Co-Director of the Center for Academic Strategic Partnerships for Interprofessional Research and Education. She is actively involved in clinical, teaching and research activities that promote collaborative education and practice. Her projects include the development of the No Room for Error© simulation that emphasizes the importance of collaborative care for patient safety, a standardized patient activity highlighting the complex issues involved in the care of children with chronic progressive illness, and involvement in the Train-the-Trainer Faculty Development Program course for Interprofessional Education.

In addition to her training as a Pediatric Critical Care physician, Dr. Haizlip has also earned a Master’s Degree in Applied Positive Psychology. She has published and presented internationally on using applications of positive psychology to create culture change in academic health care. Her article entitled “The Negativity Bias, medical education, and the culture of academic medicine: Why culture change is hard” earned her and her co-authors the ABIM Foundation Professionalism Article Prize. She has been a faculty member of the UVA Center for Appreciative Practice since its inception and has been integral to its Wisdom and Well-Being lecture series and UVA Health System’s offering of Schwartz Center Rounds®. Dr. Haizlip’s professional goal is to integrate her interests in positive psychology and interprofessional healthcare to promote high functioning health care teams for the benefit of both practitioners and patients.

Julie Haizlip

John A. Owen, EdD, MSc

Associate Director, Center for ASPIRE
Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Dr. Owen is an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Nursing. He is the Associate Director, UVA Center for Academic Strategic Partnerships for Interprofessional Research and Education (ASPIRE). In this role, he provides oversight of educational and research IPE projects and provides consultation to potential and existing IPE project teams in the development and implementation of IPE research and grants.

Prior to this role, Dr. Owen served as Research Director for the Center for the Advancement of Generalist Medicine at the University of Virginia. Dr. Owen has been published and has presented on a wide range of medical education subjects with an emphasis in Interprofessional Education and Interprofessional Practice. He earned his Doctorate Degree in Education, and Masters Degrees in Epidemiology, Educational Administration, and English Education, all from the University of Virginia.

John Owen

Marianne Baernholdt, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN

Professor
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing
Director, Langston Center for Quality, Safety and Innovation
Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems

Dr. Baernholdt is the Director of the Langston Center for Quality, Safety, and Innovation and Nursing Alumni Endowed Distinguished Professor, School of Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Baernholdt has a broad background in clinical practice and education. She teaches courses in leadership, quality and safety, and health services research. Her research focus on how quality of care is defined and factors affecting quality of care in rural areas.

Prior to her current position she was on faculty at University of Virginia School of Nursing for 9 years. Both at UVA and at VCU she is involved in IPE, including projects and grants that are training and evaluating IPE in students and practice. Dr. Baernholdt is the founding Director of the Langston Center for Quality, Safety, and Innovation.

Marianne Baernholdt, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN

Genevieve Beaird

Graduate Student
University of Virginia School of Nursing

Genevieve Beaird is a doctoral student pursuing a PhD in Nursing at UVA. She is working with Dr. Brashers and her team on various ASPIRE projects and hopes to pursue research in team-based care and interprofessional collaboration. She is currently clinical faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University's school of nursing and serves as the Assistant Director of the Clinical Learning Center. Her background is in labor and delivery nursing and simulation based learning.

Genevieve Beaird

Leslie Blackhall, MD, MTS

Associate Professor
University of Virginia Health School of Medicine

Dr. Blackhall, Director of the Palliative Care Research Program, is an expert clinician in interprofessional palliative end-of-life care. She is one of four principal investigators of the "Bridging the Gap: Developing, Implementing, and Assessing the Impact of Innovative Undergraduate Interprofessional Education (IPE) Experiences Based on Collaborative Care Best Practice Models" grant funded by the Josiah Macy Foundation. She is also the co-leader of the Difficult Discussions-End of Life Care Workshop for nursing and medical students with Dr. Jeanne Erickson.

Leslie Blackhall, MD, MTS

John Dent, MD, MS, MHCM

Professor of Medicine and Cardiology
University of Virginia School of Medicine

Dr. Dent’s interest in interprofessional education arises in part from his role co-leading the introduction of structured interdisciplinary bedside rounding for cardiovascular patients in the ‘Rounding with Heart’ initiative. A practicing noninvasive cardiologist with extensive experience in medical education, he has recently focused on improving education in patient safety and quality improvement by engaging learners in these activities. He recognizes that almost all of his patient care activities necessarily rely on the contributions of a highly-coordinated, complex web of care team members, and that exposing our trainees to the interdisciplinary model during their time at the UVA Health System is critical to their future success.

John Dent, MD, MS, MHCM

Beth Epstein, PhD, RN

Associate Professor
University of Virginia School of Nursing

Dr. Epstein earned her Doctorate in Nursing, Masters in Pharmacology, and Bachelors in Nursing from the University of Virginia. She also has a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from the University of Rochester. In her role as Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing, Dr. Epstein teaches pharmacology and ethics and conducts research in ethical issues affecting pediatric patients, parents, and clinicians. She serves on the University of Virginia Health System Ethics Consult Service and Ethics Committee and coordinates the Moral Distress Consult Service as well. She currently serves as a co-investigator on an interprofessional education project, "Bridging the Gap: Developing, Implementing, and Assessing the Impact of Innovative Undergraduate Interprofessional Education (IPE) Experiences Based on Collaborative Care Best Practice Models," which is funded by the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation.

Beth Epstein, PhD, RN

Christine Kennedy, RN, PhD, FAAN

Associate Dean for Academic Programs
Madeline Higginbotham Sly Professor of Nursing
University of Virginia School of Nursing
Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine

Dr. Kennedy is the UVA Madeline Higginbotham Sly Professor of Nursing, a professor of pediatrics in the School of Medicine, and serves as the School of Nursing's Associate Dean for Academic programs.

Dr. Kennedy is a pediatric nurse practitioner whose primary practice is with young children from underserved populations. Her research has been with both Latino families in the USA and families in Pacific Rim countries. Her current work is delineating health literacy and its role in provision of care with children and families. Her teaching career has primarily focused on graduate education with the preparation of NP and PhD students. Her work and research teams are typically comprised of a mix of disciplines and professions. She is the PI on the HRSA Grant (2014-2017) Creating a Culture of Safety: The University of Virginia Curriculum for Interprofessional and Education for Patient Safety and Quality Improvement with Dr. Brashers and the ASPIRE team.

Christine Kennedy, RN, PhD, FAAN

Keith E. Littlewood, MD

Assistant Dean and Vice-Chair of Anesthesiology
University of Virginia School of Medicine

Dr. Littlewood divides his professional life between a busy clinical practice in cardiothoracic and transplant anesthesiology and his role as Assistant Dean for Clinical Skills Education. His interests in interprofessional education arise from patient advocacy and the belief that interprofessional education and practice are fundamental to patient safety. His educational activities focus on high-fidelity simulation in the UVa Medical Simulation Center, where the curriculum is predicated on healthcare as a "team sport".

Dr. Littlewood has spoken nationally on the challenges and benefits of interprofessional education, and the role of threshold concepts, troublesome knowledge, and cognitive function in simulation education. His publications address interprofessional education, the efficacy of simulation compared to case-based discussion, and the role of simulation in research. These activities reflect the successes of the Simulation Center's remarkable education team and its collaboration both locally and nationally.

Keith E. Littlewood, MD

Margaret Norling, BSN, RN

Program Manager of the Center for ASPIRE

Meg Norling is the Program Manager for the ASPIRE Center.  She has many years' experience managing clinical and social-behavioral research at the UVA Schools of Medicine and Nursing.  Her pre-nursing background in marketing and management has been an asset to her research work.

Prior to receiving her BSN, Meg worked as a patient educator, most recently at UVA Women's Place.  Her direct work with families, as well as community health experiences, helped shape her Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) advocacy efforts.  Meg served as the Virginia Department of Health's State Coordinator for IPV Fatality Review.  In this role, she helped develop and support multidisciplinary teams of local community stakeholders across Virginia.  During this time, Meg also wrote and edited Virginia's comprehensive "Family and Intimate Partner Violence Fatality Review: Team Protocol and Resource Manual."  Meg brings a strong commitment to fostering interprofessional teamwork and education to ASPIRE.

Meg is a lifelong student.  She received her undergraduate B.A. degree from UCLA (1992), was certified as a health educator (1999), and received her BSN. from UVA School of Nursing (2005).  A member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Meg has presented at public health and nursing conferences.

Meg Norling, RN, BSN.  Program Manager of the Center for ASPIRE

Wendy Novicoff, PhD

Associate Professor
University of Virginia School of Medicine

Dr. Novicoff is an Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences and Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.  She received her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her graduate degrees in program evaluation and research methods from UVA.  She is also a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt, a Lean Sensei, and a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer.  Dr. Novicoff's primary research interests are health services research, outcomes evaluation, and hospital/health system data quality and integrity.  She has spoken about her research efforts in several venues, including academic conferences and industry meetings.

Wendy Novicoff, PhD

Christine Peterson, MD

Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Assistant Dean for Medical Education
University of Virginia School of Medicine

Dr. Peterson, an obstetrician-gynecologist, has been at UVa since 1987, working in an interprofessional collaborative practice with nurse practitioners and nurses at UVA Student Health. She is firmly committed to this model, believing that it leads to improved patient outcomes while ensuring the job satisfaction that comes from clinicians working "at the top" of their licenses. She is also the content thread leader for interprofessional education in the new medical school pre-clerkship curriculum. All the activity in interprofessional education at UVA in the past several years has been very exciting for her.

Christine Peterson, MD

Beth Quatrara, DNP, RN, CMSRN, ACNS-BC

Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Virginia School of Nursing
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
University of Virginia Medical Center

Dr. Quatrara is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the UVA School of Nursing and a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) at the UVA Medical Center. She joined the interprofessional education Initiative several years ago when she participated in the training of medical and nursing students through Sepsis Simulation. She is currently a team member on the Creating a Culture of Safety project funded by HRSA and is working with DNP students to integrate quality, safety and interprofessional teamwork into their Scholarly Projects. Her passion for interprofessional teamwork stems from her clinical experience as a CNS and the certainty that the best patient care is provided when effective interprofessional teams are working together on a shared goal.

Beth Quatrara, DNP, RN, CMSRN, ACNS-BC

Kathryn B. Reid, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CNL

Assistant professor
University of Virginia School of Nursing

Dr. Reid earned her BSN, MSN, and Family Nurse Practitioner certificate from the University of Virginia, and she earned her doctorate from Virginia Commonwealth University. At UVA, she has served as an investigator on an interdisciplinary research team conducting a 4 and 1/2 year multisite randomized controlled trial of a lifestyle case management intervention for people with type 2 diabetes and obesity. Her most research with Dr. Sharon Utz at the University of Virginia was an NIH-funded study of a diabetes self-management program targeted specifically for African Americans who live in a rural area.

Dr. Reid has received awards for excellence in teaching, innovative teaching strategies, and professional service, and was a 2005 Fellow in the AACN Leadership in Academic Nursing Program. With almost 20 years experience in nursing education, Dr. Reid founded and directed the second-degree Masters-entry Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Program at the University of Virginia. She serves as a consultant for second-degree entry CNL programs across the country, and in 2007, Dr. Reid was appointed to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's national CNL Steering Committee. Dr. Reid now serves as the Assistant Director for the MSN and DNP programs at the University of Virginia.

Kathryn B. Reid, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CNL