A World Leader in Children's Health

Diane L. Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN

Director, Lacatation Program

Nurse Researcher, Lactation Program

Helen M. Shearer Associate Professor of Nutrition, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Associate Professor of Healthcare of Women and Childbearing Nursing, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Faculty Advisor to Student Nurses, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Practice Locations

Education

MSN - University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA (1989)

BSN - University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA (1986)

PhD – University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA (1995)

Certifications

Board-certified perinatal nurse

Special Interests

Breastfeeding, high risk pregnancy and advanced practice nursing/models of care

 

Research Interests

Dr. Spatz's current funded research includes The Role of Human Milk and Breastfeeding in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (2011-present) and Twenty-five year retrospective of the Clinician Educator (CE) Role at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (2010-present).

Previous funded research has included studies such as:

  • breastfeeding services for low-birth weight infants - outcomes and cost (1996-2000);
  • nurse home care - high-risk pregnant women: outcome and cost (1995-2000), and
  • an National Institute of Nursing Research-funded study in conjunction with John Hopkins University on the support for low-income breastfeeding: costs and outcomes (2003-2007).

She was also the principal investigator for a Foerderer Foundation-funded study: An Innovative Program for Breastfeeding Education and Training (2002-2005); A Retrospective Review of Infants Readmitted with Early Breastfeeding Difficulties (2005-2006); and The Use of Human Milk and Outcomes of Infants with Congenital Surgical Anomalies (2006-2007).


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