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.

Center for ASPIRE Co-Directors

Julie Haizlip, MD, MAPP, FAPP

Co-Director, Center for ASPIRE
Associate Professor, UVA School of Medicine
Clinical Professor of Nursing, UVA School of Nursing
Dr. Haizlip is Co-Director of the Center for ASPIRE, where she is actively involved in clinical, teaching and research activities that promote collaborative education and practice for healthcare teams.  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. Dr. Haizlip also directs the UVA Center for Appreciative Practice- an organization dedicated to enhancing the work lives of clinicians so that they, in turn, provide better patient care. This work capitalizes on what she learned while earning a Masters Degree in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Haizlip 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 integral to the development of UVA's Wisdom and Well-Being lecture series, as well as to 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.
Beth Quatrara, University of Virginia Center for ASPIRE, Interprofessional Education

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

Co-Director, Center for ASPIRE
Assistant Professor, UVA School of Nursing
Dr. Quatrara is an Assistant Professor at the UVA School of Nursing, and Co-Director of ASPIRE.  She joined the interprofessional education team several years ago when she participated in the training of medical and nursing students in teamwork through a Sepsis Simulation. More recently, she was a team leader on the ASPIRE "Creating a Culture of Safety" project funded by HRSA.  She actively integrates interprofessionalism while working with CNS and DNP students to solidify quality and safety initiatives into patient care settings. 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.  She frequently speaks at national conferences on topics of quality improvement and teamwork.
Beth Quatrara, University of Virginia Center for ASPIRE, Interprofessional Education

Center for ASPIRE Core Team

Valentina (Tina) Brashers MD, FACP, FNAP

Founder and Emeritus Member, Center for ASPIRE

Dr. Brashers is the founder 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 Co-PI 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. Prior to her partial retirement in 2017, Dr. Brashers was a full-time faculty member of the Schools of Nursing and Medicine for over 20 years; she taught 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, University of Virginia School of Nursing

John Dent, MD, MS, MHCM

Clinical Co-Director, Center for ASPIRE
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

Courtney McCluney, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for ASPIRE

Dr. McCluney is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Darden School of Business and the Center for Academic Strategic Partnerships for Interprofessional Research and Education (ASPIRE). This joint position allows Dr. McCluney to investigate positive organizational practices that facilitate the health and well-being of interprofessional medical teams. She draws on her training in qualitative, survey, physiological, and experimental methods to study how feeling that one matters at work and engaging in mindfulness practices reduce burnout and stress. In addition to improving the well-being of medical professionals, Dr. McCluney has published and presented internationally on diversity and inclusion, leadership, and health outcomes in organizations.  She received her PhD in Psychology (Personality and Social Contexts) at the University of Michigan and BA in Psychology and Interpersonal/Organizational Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  
Courtney McCluney

Meg Norling, RN, BSN

Program Manager, Center for ASPIRE

Meg Norling is the Program Manager for ASPIRE. She has many years' experience managing clinical and social-behavioral research at the UVA Schools of Medicine and Nursing. Prior to her UVA research work, Meg served as the Virginia Department of Health's State Coordinator for Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Fatality Review. In this role, she helped develop and support multidisciplinary teams of local community stakeholders across Virginia, and wrote Virginia's comprehensive "Family and Intimate Partner Violence Fatality Review: Team Protocol and Resource Manual."  As a nurse, administrator, and health educator, Meg brings a strong commitment to fostering interprofessional teamwork and education. She is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Educational Technology. Meg is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and has presented at public health and nursing conferences.
Meg Norling, RN, BSN.  Program Manager of the Center for ASPIRE

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 oversight of the national Train-the-Trainer (T3) Interprofessional Faculty Development Program. In addition, he provides consultation to potential and existing IPE project teams in the development and implementation of IPE research, grants, and publications. Prior to this role, Dr. Owen served as Research Director for the Center for the Advancement of Generalist Medicine and as Project Manager for the Office of Continuing Medical Education, both at the UVA School of Medicine. 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

Center for ASPIRE Affiliated Faculty and Staff

The Center for ASPIRE is grateful for the collaboration and support of many colleagues over the years, including:


Ryne Ackard, MS, CHSE, CHSOS
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Director of the Clinical Simulation Learning Center
UVA School of Nursing
Susan D. Almarode, MSN, RN, NNP
Clinical Instructor in Nursing, UVA School of Nursing
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, UVA Health System
Marianne Baernholdt, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN
Professor of Nursing, VCU School of Nursing
Director, VCU Langston Center for Quality, Safety and Innovation
Genevieve Beaird, MS, RNC-OB, CHSE
Clinical Assistant Professor
VCU School of Nursing
Leslie Blackhall, MD
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
UVA School of Medicine
Catherine Bowers
Medical Education Program Coordinator
UVA School of Medicine
Anne Chapin, M.Ed., LPC
Managing Director, Clinical Skills Center
UVA School of Medicine
Bethany Coyne, PhD, CPNP-PC, RN
Assistant Professor, Director- Baccalaureate Programs
UVA School of Nursing
Lynn Coyner
BSN Academic Program Manager
UVA School of Nursing
Tim Cunningham, DrPH, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing, UVA School of Nursing
Director of the Compassionate Care Initiative, UVA School of Nursing
Elizabeth Epstein, PhD, RN, FAAN           
Associate Professor of Nursing
UVA School of Nursing
Maryellen Gusic, MD
Senior Advisor, Educational Affairs
UVA School of Medicine
Morela Hernandez, PhD
Associate Professor of Business Administration
UVA Darden School of Business
Ashley Hurst, JD, M.Div, MA
Assistant Professor of Nursing
UVA School of Nursing
Christine Kennedy, RN, PhD, FAAN
Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Programs, UVA School of Nursing
Professor of Pediatrics, UVA School of Medicine
Lisa Letzkus, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC, CCRN
Clinical Instructor in Nursing
UVA School of Nursing
Keith Littlewood, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Vice Chair for Education,
Assistant Dean for Clinical Skills Education
UVA School of Medicine
Maureen Metzger, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing
UVA School of Nursing
Angela Michaels, MD
Fellow in Neonatology
UVA Health System
M. Kathryn Mutter, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
UVA School of Medicine
Wendy Novicoff, PhD
Assistant Professor in Public Health Sciences
UVA School of Medicine
Christine Peterson, MD
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Assistant Dean for Medical Education
UVA School of Medicine
Kathryn Reid, PhD, RN, FNP-C, CNL
Associate Professor of Nursing
UVA School of Nursing
Melissa (M.J.) Sacco, MD
Assistant Professor in Pediatrics
UVA School of Medicine
Tim Short, MD
Associate Professor
UVA School of Medicine
Crockett Stanley
Performance Improvement Project Manager
UVA Medical Center
Crystal Toll, EdDc, MSN, RN, CCRN, PCCN
Instructor in Nursing
UVA School of Nursing
Florence (Beth) Turrentine, PhD
Associate Professor of Surgery
UVA School of Medicine
Jennifer Weyant, MSN, RN, CNL
Instructor in Nursing
UVA School of Nursing
Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean for Strategic Partnerships & Innovation
UVA School of Nursing
Clareen Wiencek, RN, PhD, CNP, ACHPN
Associate Professor of Nursing and Advanced Practice Program Director
UVA School of Nursing