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Sandra L. Smith, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC

Sandra L. Smith, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC

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  • Associate Professor

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  • 502-852-8388

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Bio

Recent Presentations:

Smith, S. L. (September 2012). The effect of mechanical tactile stimulation on autonomic nervous system function in preterm infants.  Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, 2012 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research, Washington, D.C. (podium)(refereed, national)  PDF

Smith, S. L. (May 31-June 1, 2012). The effect of mechanical tactile stimulation on autonomic nervous system function and body composition in preterm infants. Neonatal Advanced Practice Nursing Forum, Washington, D.C. (podium)(refereed, national).  PDF

Smith, S. L., Haley, S., Wong, R., Moyer-Mileur, L. (April-May 2011).  Developmental massage therapy promotes parasympathetic nervous system activity in preterm infants.  Pediatric Academic Society/Asian Society for Pediatric Research, Denver, CO (poster, refereed, international).

Smith, S. L., Moyer-Mileur, L. (January 2011).  Developmental massage therapy promotes parasympathetic nervous system activity in preterm infants.  Western Society for Pediatric Research, Carmel, CA (podium) (refereed, regional)

Smith, S. L. (October, 2008).  New perspectives on behavioral organization in infancy (Symposium with Medoff-Cooper, B., Holditch-Davis, D., & Whitetraut, R.): Heart period variability as a measure of developmental change in VLBW infants.  State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research: Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, Washington, DC (podium) (refereed, national).

Smith, S. L. (June 2006).  New perspectives on behavioral organization in the preterm infant (Symposium with Medoff-Cooper, B., Holditch-Davis, D., & Whitetraut, R.): Heart period variability as a measure of developmental change in VLBW infants.  International Conference of Infant Studies, Kyoto, Japan (podium) (refereed, international)

Rigby, M. R., Smith, S. L., Lynch, M. (May 2006).  Partnerships in recruiting and preparing the next generation of NNPs.  Annual Neonatal Advanced Practice Nursing Forum, Washington, DC (podium) (refereed, national)

Recent Publications:

*Moyer-Mileur, L. J., Haley, S., Slater, H., Beachy, J., Smith, S. L. (in press). Massage improves growth quality by decreasing body fat deposition in male preterm infants. Journal of Pediatrics

*Haley, S., Beachy, J, Ivaska, K, Slater, H. Smith, S., & Moyer-Mileur, L. J. (2012). Tactile/kinesthetic stimulation (TKS) increases tibial speed of sound and urinary osteocalcin (U-MidOC and unOC) in premature infants (29-32 wk PMA). Bone, 51, 661-666. doi.org/10.1016/j.bone.2012.07.016.

*Smith, S. L., Lux, R., Haley, S., Slater, H., Beachy, J., Moyer-Mileur, L. J. (2012). The effect of massage on heart rate variability in preterm infants. Journal of Perinatology, advance online publication, 26 April 2012; doi:10.1038/jp.2012.47

*Karlsen, K. A., Trautman, M., Price-Douglas, W., Smith, S. (2011). National survey of neonatal transport in the United States. Pediatrics, 128(4): 685-691. doi: 10.1542/peds.2010-3796 [student doctoral dissertation].

Jones, J. G., & Smith, S. L. (2009). Shock in the critically ill neonate. Journal of Perinatal Neonatal Nursing, 23(4), 346-354.

*Friddle, K., & Smith, S. L. (2009). A simulation study of gel pillow heat conductance. Advances in Neonatal Care, 9, 240-248. [student master’s thesis]

*Smith, S. L., Doig A. K., Dudley, W. N. (2005). Impaired parasympathetic response to feeding in ventilated preterm babies. Archives of Disease in Childhood -- Fetal and Neonatal Edition, (90)F505-F508.

*Smith, S. L., Doig, A. K., & Dudley, W. N. (2004). Characteristics of heart period variability in intubated very-low-birthweight infants with respiratory disease. Biology of the Neonate, 86, 269-274.

*Smith, S. L. (2003). Heart period variability of intubated very-low-birthweight infants during incubator care and maternal holding. American Journal of Critical Care, 12(1), 54-64.

Research Activity:

Co-Investigator, Neuroendocrine Mechanisms of Developmental Massage Therapy in Preterm Infants (Principal Investigator:  L. Moyer-Mileur, PhD, RD,). NIH NCCAM R21 AT004185-01. 2008-2011

Principal Investigator: Heart Period Variability in Critically Ill VLBW Infants. NIH NHLBI 1 R01 HL1920-01 2003-2005.

Project Coordinator: Managing Infant Irritability: A Clinical Trial (PI: M. Keefe, PhD, RN). NIH NINR 5 R01 NR04661. 2001- 2003.


Educational Background

  • May 2000: PhD in Nursing, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • August 1993: MSN, Neonatal Nursing, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • May 1989: BSN, Widener University, Chester, PA
  • May 1979: Diploma, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Teaching Areas

  • Research/Evidence Based Practice
  • Statistics
  • Advanced Neonatal Assessment
  • Advanced Neonatal Pharmacology

Research Interests

  • Quantitative methods
  • Physiological responses to caregiving
  • Nursing interventions to improve patient care
  • Complimentary and alternative therapies
  • Time series designs

Honors & Awards

  • 2010: Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award, University of Utah College of Nursing
  • 2009: Linda K. Amos Leadership Development Fund Award, University of Utah College of Nursing
  • 2008: Excellence in Service Award, University of Utah College of Nursing
  • 2008: Excellence in Research Award, Utah Nurse Practitioners
  • 2000: Excellence in Scholarship Award, University of Utah College of Nursing
  • 2000: Outstanding Dissertation Award & Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, University of Utah College of Nursing
  • 2000: AACN Research Abstract Award, American Association of Critical Care Nurses
  • 1998: Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, University of Utah College of Nursing
  • 1998: Contributions to Neonatal Nursing through Excellence in Research Award, National Association of Neonatal Nurses
  • 1997: Theresa LaPlante Research Award, Sigma Theta Tau/Gamma Rho Chapter, University of Utah College of Nursing
  • 1997-1998: Graduate Research Fellow, University of Utah
  • 1995-1996: Drummond Scholarship, University of Utah
  • 1989: Certificate for Outstanding Academic Achievement, Widener University

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)
  • National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN)
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM)
  • 1989-present: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
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