Investigator Receives Excellence in Research Award


The Association of Women's Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nursing (AWHONN) recently selected Barbara Medoff-Cooper, Ph.D., F.A.A.N., to receive its 2006 Award of Excellence in Research. The award honors an AWHONN member who is recognized by their peers as exemplifying the highest standards of nursing research.

Dr. Medoff-Cooper's research interests center on infant development, feeding behaviors in high-risk infants and infant temperament. She serves as principal investigator and co-investigator of several grants in collaboration with Children's Hospital researchers and has been the recipient of numerous research awards, including five from the NIH to study neurodevelopmental outcomes of high-risk infants. She is also the director of the Center for Biobehavioral Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and was recently awarded the school's Helen M. Shearer Professorship in Nutrition.

Children's Hospital recently appointed Dr. Medoff-Cooper as the Ruth M. Colket Endowed Chair in Pediatric Nursing. She is the first University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing faculty member to be appointed to a Children's Hospital endowed chair.