Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute names director of Nursing Research

October 03, 2012
Rosemary C. White-Traut, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been named director of Nursing Research at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute.

Prior to coming to the Research Institute, she served as department head of Women, Children and Family Health Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. During her tenure, the department flourished with the funding of nine endowed scholarships, three Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards, Maternal Child Health Bureau grants and more than 20 National Institutes of Health-funded research grants.

Dr. White-Traut and her research team have developed and tested the H-HOPE intervention for mothers and their premature infants. Mothers learn how to read and respond to their infant's behavioral cues while administering an infant-directed multisensory, developmental intervention. Benefits of H-HOPE include reduced maternal depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress; improved maternal knowledge of preterm infant behaviors; improved infant behaviors and clarity of behavioral cues; improved oral feeding and growth (weight gain and length); earlier hospital discharge; reduced post-discharge illnesses; and more optimal patterns of mother-infant interaction.

"Dr. White-Traut is a highly regarded, dedicated researcher and leader in the study of premature infants and their mothers at national and international levels," said Elizabeth Bedwell, vice president, Research Administration, Children's Hospital.

"We are looking forward to Dr. White-Traut's contributions to nursing research at Children's Hospital and the Pediatric Nursing Research Consortium with our partners at Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee," said Nancy Korom, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, vice president, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, Children's Hospital.


"We are looking forward to Dr. White-Traut's contributions to nursing research at Children's and the Pediatric Nursing Research Consortium with our partners at Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee," said Nancy Korom, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, vice president, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, Children's Hospital.

Dr. White-Traut is the mother of three children. She resides with her husband in Hinsdale, Ill., and Lake Geneva, Wis.

About Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is the region's only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. The hospital, with locations in Milwaukee and Neenah, Wis., is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. Children's Hospital provides primary care, specialty care, urgent care, emergency care, community health services, foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child advocacy services and family resource centers. In 2010, Children's Hospital invested more than $105 million in the community to improve the health status of children through medical care, advocacy, education and pediatric medical research. Children's Hospital achieves its mission in part through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is proud to be a Children's Miracle Network Hospital. For more information, visit the website at chw.org.