McCarthy To Present NINR Director’s Lecture, Sept. 25
On Tuesday, Sept. 25, Dr. Ann Marie McCarthy will present the third 2018 NINR Director’s Lecture, from 1 to 2 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. In her presentation, “Distraction in Action: Helping Children Cope with Painful Procedures,” McCarthy will describe her research trajectory and current program of research, which focuses on children with chronic health conditions. The lecture will be followed by an opportunity for questions and discussion.
McCarthy is a professor and associate dean for research at the University of Iowa College of Nursing, with secondary appointments in the colleges of medicine and public health. For more than 20 years, her primary program of research has focused on cognitive-behavioral interventions to assist children in coping with painful procedures, with an emphasis on the use of distraction.
Data from more than 1,000 families and the use of data-mining techniques contributed to the development of a predictive model of child level of distress and parental distraction coaching ability. The Distraction in Action Tool includes the predictive model along with individualized coaching information and educational materials.
McCarthy has been on the research committees for the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and the National Association of School Nurses and was a board member of the Midwest Nursing Research Society. She is founding president of the Institute of Pediatric Nursing and is co-chair of the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science 2018 State of the Science Congress planning committee.
The NINR Director’s Lecture series is designed to bring the nation’s top nurse scientists to NIH to share their work and interests with a transdisciplinary audience. The event is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, visit www.ninr.nih.gov/directorslecture.