UVA Center for Interprofessional Collaborations (CIPC) Team

Center Co-Directors

Julie Haizlip, MD, MAPP, FNAP

Co-Director, Center for Interprofessional Collaborations
Associate Professor, UVA School of Medicine
Clinical Professor of Nursing, UVA School of Nursing

Dr. Haizlip is Co-Director of the Center for Interprofessional Collaborations (CIPC), 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, DNP, RN, CMSRN, ACNS-BC

Co-Director, Center for Interprofessional Collaborations
Assistant Professor, UVA School of Nursing

Dr. Quatrara is an Assistant Professor at the UVA School of Nursing, and Co-Director of CIPC.  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.


Core Team Members

Kimberly Acquaviva, PhD, MSW, CSE

Betty Norman Norris Endowed Professor
UVA School of Nursing

Kimberly D. Acquaviva, PhD, MSW, CSE joined the faculty of the University of Virginia School of Nursing on August 1, 2019, after 15 years at The George Washington University. As a social worker teaching within a school of nursing, Dr. Acquaviva’s scholarship is interdisciplinary and collaborative. Her scholarly work focuses on LGBTQ aging and end-of-life issues, and her clinical work has been with patients and families facing life-limiting illnesses in both hospital and hospice settings.  Her book, LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice & Palliative Care: A Practical Guide to Transforming Professional Practice was awarded first place in the AJN Book of the Year Awards in the Palliative Care and Hospice Category. She is the host of em dash podcast, a show that explores the lived experiences of patients and healthcare professionals in the healthcare arena.

Dr. Acquaviva has a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality Education from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, an M.S.W. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice, and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania College of Arts and Sciences. She is an AASECT-Certified Sexuality Educator.

Natalie May, PhD

Associate Professor of Research

Natalie May, PhD—who joined the School of Nursing faculty after more than 30 years as associate professor of research in the UVA School of Medicine—is a founding member of the UVA Center for Appreciative Practice. Certified as an appreciative inquiry facilitator and lead author of the book Appreciative Inquiry in Healthcare, she enjoys developing appreciative inquiry projects and teaching appreciative practice workshops at her home institution and beyond. 

She is an experienced qualitative researcher with extensive experience in grant writing, program and curriculum development, and program evaluation. Her current research projects include the Mattering in Medicine study and the Cultures of Mattering in Healthcare Education study, with colleague Julie Haizlip, MD, MAAP, and faculty from the Medical College of Wisconsin. Currently, she is interviewing UVA nurse managers as part of the Wisdom from Within study to examine how vital nurse managers cope and thrive in adversity and a part of the Medical Subspecialties HOME Team Program study for high-utilizer patients with hospitalist Amber Inofuentes, MD.

May was an investigator for the Wisdom in Medicine Project: Mapping the Path Through Adversity to Wisdom, a study funded by the John Templeton Foundation, co-author of Choosing Wisdom: The Path Through Adversity, and co-producer of the PBS film Choosing Wisdom. She co-developed and implemented an innovative curriculum for medical students, The Phronesis Project, designed to foster wisdom in young physicians. She implemented a similar Wisdom in Nursing program within the School of Nursing. 

With co-authors Dorrie K. Fontaine and Tim Cunningham, Natalie recently published the AACN award-winning book Self-Care for New and Student Nurses and is currently writing a new (shorter and less expensive!) version of the book, Self-Care for Nurses: Small Doses of Wellness, which will be available in spring 2023. May is the project manager for an HRSA-funded grant, Wisdom and Wellbeing Peer Support Training, designed for healthcare providers and first responders at UVA and across Central Virginia.

Courtney McCluney, PhD

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Center for Interprofessional Collaborations

Courtney McCluney is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Darden School of Business and the Center for Interprofessional Collaborations (CIPC). 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.

Kathryn Mutter, MD, MPH

Clinical Director, Center for Interprofessional Collaborations
Director, Internship Readiness & Transition Courses
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, UVA School of Medicine

Kathryn Mutter, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine.  She is Course Director for the Transition Course and the Internship Readiness Course for rising clerkship and graduating fourth year medical students, respectively.  Her research interests include medical education and interprofessional education.

Affiliated UVA Collaborators

Affiliated UVA Faculty and Staff Collaborators

The Center for Interprofessional Collaborations (CIPC) is grateful for the collaboration and support of many colleagues over the years, including:

John Dent, MD, MS, MHCM
Professor Emeritus, Cardiovascular Medicine
UVA School of Medicine

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

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

Marcia Day Childress, PhD
Associate Professor of Medical Education
UVA Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities

Bethany Cieslowski, DNP, MA, RN, CHSE
Instructor in Nursing, Clinical Simulation Learning Center
UVA School of Nursing

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

Sarah Craig, PhD, RN, CCNS, CCRN
Assistant Professor of Nursing
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

Michael Higgins, PhD, LAT, ATC, PT, CSCS
Professor and Director, Professional Graduate Athletic Training Program
UVA Curry School of Education

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

Jacob E. Resch, PhD, AT
Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology
UVA Curry School of Education

Jonathan Rosen, PhD
Professor of the Practice and Director, Professional Studies
UVA Department of Biomedical Engineering

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

Luzita Vela, PhD, LAT, ATC
Assistant Professor and Clinical Education Coordinator- Athletic Training
UVA Curry School of Education

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

Neeral Shah, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
UVA School of Medicine

John Dent, MD, MS, MHCM

Professor Emeritus of Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine
UVA 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.

Affiliated National Collaborators

Affiliated National Collaborators

The Center for Interprofessional Collaborations (CIPC) is grateful for the collaboration and support of many colleagues over the years, including:

Marianne Baernholdt, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN
Professor of Nursing, VCU School of Nursing
Director, VCU Langston Center for Quality, Safety and Innovation

Hugh Barr, M.Phil., Ph.D., Hon. D.Sc.
President, the UK-based Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE)
Professor Emeritus and Honorary Fellow
University of Westminster, UK

Genevieve Beaird, MS, RNC-OB, CHSE
Clinical Assistant Professor
VCU School of Nursing

Tim Cunningham, DrPH, MSN, RN, FAAN
Corporate Director-Patient and Family Centered Care
Emory Healthcare

Alan Dow, MD, MSHA
Asst Vice President of Health Sciences for Interprofessional Education & Collaborative Care
President and CEO, UHS-PEP, Professional Continuing Education for VCU
Seymour and Ruth Perlin Professor of Medicine and Health Administration
Virginia Commonwealth University

Kelly Karpa, R.Ph, PhD
Assistant Dean, Interprofessional Education
Professor, Department of Pharmacology
PSU College of Medicine

Donna Lake, PhD RN NEA-BC FAAN
Clinical Professor
College of Nursing
East Carolina University

Erica J. Lewis PhD RN
Associate Professor
School of Nursing
James Madison University

Debra A. Liner
Program Manager
University of Washington School of Nursing

Barret Michalec, PhD
Associate Dean of Interprofessional Education
Center for Interprofessional Development, Education, and Research
University of Delaware

Erica Ottis, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Interprofessional Education Lead
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy at MU

Russet Rogers, EdD
Vice President, Regional Education and Information Services
North Carolina Southern Regional AHEC

Madeline H. Schmitt PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP
Professor Emerita
University of Rochester, School of Nursing

Dave Trinkle, MD
Associate Dean for Community and Culture
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Brenda K. Zierler, PhD, RN, FAAN
Adjunct Professor, UW School of Medicine
Director of Research, Training and Faculty Development
UW Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Research, and Practice

Recently Retired CIPC Team Members

John Owen, EdD, MSc

Associate Director, Center for Interprofessional Collaborations
Assistant Professor, UVA School of Nursing

John A. Owen, EdD, MSc, is the Associate Director of the UVA Center for Interprofessional Collaborations (CIPC) and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Nursing. He provides oversight of educational and research IPE projects and oversight of the national Train-the-Trainer (T3) Interprofessional Team 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. 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.


Valentina (Tina) Brashers MD, FACP, FNAP

Founder, Center for ASPIRE
Professor Emeritus, UVA School of Nursing

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.

Meg Norling, RN, BSN

Program Manager
Center for Interprofessional Collaborations

Meg Norling served as the Program Manager for ASPIRE/CIPC from 2016-2019. She contributed to the mission of the Center in many ways; as grant coordinator for the "Creating a Culture of Safety" IPE/PSQI program, co-developer (with Tina Brashers) of the online IPE/PSQI Resource Manual, Nurse Planner for the interprofessional lunch trainings, co-host and planner for the biannual T3 Training Conferences, creator of the Center's newsletters, videos, and marketing materials, and administrator of the Center's day-to-day operations. One of Meg's last projects for the Center was the design and creation of this website, developed with Co-Director Julie Haizlip.