Chrissie M. Forke, MSN, CRNP Areas of Expertise: Research design and methodology, Women's Health Locations: Specialty Care, Market Street Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467) Background Christine M. Forke, RN, MSN, CRNP, is a pediatric nurse practitioner and research director for the Craig-Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine. Ms. Forke received undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Nursing and her masters in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She also has completed coursework in epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She received her national certification from the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB).Research interestsAdolescent health and risk behaviorsOver the past 19 years, she has been actively involved in the development, execution and analysis of numerous clinical research projects related to adolescent health and risk behaviors. She has been project manager on multiple large-scale studies related to access to care, sexual initiation and reproductive, relationship violence, eating disorders, and others. Ms. Forke's primary interests are related to reproductive health issues and intimate partner violence. In this regard, she has explored:Contraceptive choices and efficacy among adolescent mothersIndicators of pelvic inflammatory diseaseEffects of peer educators on AIDS awareness and knowledgeInitiation of risk behaviorsOlder sexual partnerships among female adolescentsBacterial vaginosis during adolescenceReproductive knowledge among youth with chronic illness.Intimate partner violenceShe has worked on a study of adolescent women presenting to three local emergency departments for injuries resulting from intimate partner violence. In 2003, Ms. Forke was invited to chair the Task Force on Intimate Partner Violence at the Institute for Safe Families, a non-profit agency in Philadelphia. Under Ms. Forke's leadership, this task force has implemented a study on intimate partner violence on three local college campuses to assess available campus resources and student knowledge of these resources, estimate the prevalence of intimate partner violence among college students, and query students and staff about which resources they would find most helpful in dealing with intimate partner violence on campus. Collaborative efforts are underway between the ISF Task Force and local college administrators to develop and evaluate interventions based on the research findings.Varicella (chickenpox) exposureIn addition to these projects, Ms. Forke worked on a four-year multisite collaborative effort with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and the CDC is assessing the accuracy of self-reported varicella exposure in young children and adolescents. Additional studies in which she has participated include:Using behavioral modification and medication in treating adolescent obesityUnderstanding provider characteristics that are important to youthTransitioning adolescent patients with chronic illness to adult careEvaluating coping skills used by adolescent mothers Education and Training Board CertificationCommonwealth of PA, certified registered nurse practitionerPediatric Nursing Certification Board, primary care pediatric nurse practitionerUndergraduate DegreeUniversity of Pennsylvania Titles and Academic Titles Research Director, Nurse Practitioner Research Interests Intimate partner violenceReproductive healthAccess to care Patient Experience Ratings About the Patient Experience Rating System The Patient Experience Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score. The comments are submitted by patients and families and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not reflect the views of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.