Current General Academic Pediatrics Fellows' Research

Jill R. Demiirici, PhD, RN, IBCL

Training: University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing (PhD)
Primary mentor: Debra Bogen, MD
Research focus: Dr. Demirci's dissertation utilized grounded theory to address breastfeeding establishment and maternal role acquisition in mothers of late preterm infants. Her recent research focuses on perceived insufficient breast milk supply management, patient-provider communication about breastfeeding, and the use of technology in breastfeeding promotion. Dr. Demirci is currently conducting a pilot study comparing the effect of meditation versus an herbal supplement on the perception of insufficient milk supply in mothers’ of late preterm and early term infants.

Publications (2012-2014):

  • Happ, M.B., Garrett, K., Tate, J.A., DiVirgilio, D., Houze, M.P., Demirci, J.R., et al. (2013). Effect of multi-level intervention on nurse-patient communication in the intensive care unit: Results of the SPEACS trial. Heart & Lung. [In press].
  • Demirci, J.R., Bogen, D.L., Holland, C., Tarr, J.A., Rubio, D., Li, J., Nemecek, M., Chang, J.C. (2013). Characteristics of breastfeeding discussions at the initial prenatal visit. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 122(6), 1263-70. PMCID: PMC3903394
  • Tate, J. A., Sereika, S., Divirgilio, D., Nilsen, M., Demirci, J., Campbell, G., & Happ, M.B. (2013). Symptom communication during critical illness: the impact of age, delirium, and delirium presentation. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 39(8):28-38. PMID:23755732 [PMCID in process].
  • Radtke Demirci, J., Sereika, S., & Bogen, D. (2013). Prevalence and predictors of early breastfeeding among late preterm mother-infant dyads. Breastfeeding Medicine, 8(3): 277-85. PMCID: PMC3663454
  • Radtke Demirci, J., Happ, M. B., Bogen, D. L., Albrecht, S. A., & Cohen, S. M. (2012). Weighing worth against uncertain work: The interplay of exhaustion, ambiguity, hope and disappointment in mothers breastfeeding late preterm infants. Maternal & Child Nutrition. PMCID: PMC3535546.
  • Radtke-Demirci, J. Braxter, B., & Chasens, E. (2012). Breastfeeding and short sleep duration in mothers of 6 to 11 month old infants. Infant Behavior & Development. 35(4): 884-6. PMCID:PMC3494758
  • Radtke, J., Tate, J. A., & Happ, M. (2012). Nurses’ perceptions of communication training in the ICU. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 28(1): 16-25. PMCID: PMC3264744
  • Radtke, J. (2011). The paradox of breastfeeding-associated morbidity among late preterm infants. JOGNN, 40(1): 9-24. PMCID: PMC3216635

Joshua Blatter, MD

Training: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (MD)
Primary Mentor: Juan C. Celedón, MD, DrPH
Research Focus: Dr. Blatter studies environmental determinants of respiratory disease. His asthma research has included nutrition and indoor air pollution epidemiology, as well as psychosocial stress genetics.

Publications (2012-2014):

  • Han YY, Blatter J, Brehm JM, Forno E, Litonjua AA, Celedón JC. Diet and asthma: vitamins and methyl donors. Lancet Respir Med. 2013 Dec;1(10):813-22.
  • Blatter JA, Finder JD. Perioperative respiratory management of pediatric patients with neuromuscular disease. Paediatr Anaesth. 2013 Sep;23(9):770-6.
  • Blatter J, Han YY, Forno E, Brehm J, Bodnar L, Celedón JC. Folate and asthma. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2013 Jul 1;188(1):12-7.

Kristin Ray, MD

Training: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (MD)
Primary Mentor: Ateev Mehrotra, MD, MS
Research Focus: Dr. Ray is pursuing training in health services research with the overall research goal of improving access to comprehensive, quality health care services for all children, a Healthy People 2020 goal. Her current projects aim to describe system-level barriers to care impacting health care utilization and outcomes. She is interested in understanding the needs of rural providers and patients and the potential for telehealth efforts to meet those needs.

Publications (2012-2014):

  • Ray KN, Lorch SA. Hospitalization of rural and urban infants during the first year of life. Pediatrics 2012;130:1084-1093. PMID: 23129078.
  • Ray KN, Lorch SA. Hospitalization of early preterm, late preterm, and term infants during the first year of life by gestational age. Hospital Pediatrics 2013;3:194-203.
  • Ray KN, Bogen DL, Bertolet M, Forrest CB, Mehrotra A. Ambulatory subspecialty visits, subspecialty need, and health outcomes by county supply of pediatric subspecialists. (Pediatrics, in press)
  • Ray KN, Chari AV, Engberg J, Bertolet M, Mehrotra A. The time spent seeking ambulatory medical care and associated time-costs. Manuscript under review.