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Box 357260
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206-543-8736

Gail Kieckhefer, PhD, PNP-BC, AE-C, ARNP
The Joanne Montgomery Endowed Professor in Nursing

Family and Child Nursing
Box 357262
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-7262

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My research expertise is related to childhood chronic illness; childhood asthma most commonly and sleep in school-age children. I am interested in evidence-based strategies that enable nurses to help families to raise children to be actively participatory in their own health promotion or illness management. behavior in developmentally appropriate ways. As such, my focus is often captured in the term 'shared-management' which is a more life-course appropriate concept than 'self-management' when used in the context of the developing child. I have been principal investigator on several studies examining health outcomes in children with asthma and on a randomized clinical trial examining the effects of a parent education program. In addition, I was co-investigator on two studies that recruited large number of ethnically diverse school-age children with asthma and one testing a model of educating MD residents to work more effectively with parents of children having asthma. Sleep in children has been a recent focus of her work. I and colleagues recently submitted a school-located sleep intervention research application and I am consultant on several child health related interdisciplinary grants.


I currently teach most consistently in the Doctorate in Nursing Practice Program. I have taught advanced health assessment, child behavioral and developmental issues and practicum courses in the pediatric nurse practitioner track.

Practice, Service, Community Involvement

I am a member of Sigma Theta Tau; American Thoracic Society; National Organization of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and its Washington State Chapter (membership chair), and the National Organization of Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Faculties. Locally I have chaired the Clinical Services Committee of the King County Asthma Forum and co-chaired the Practitioner Support Committee of the Washington Asthma Initiative and remain active with those groups.

Current Publications

Tsai, S., Ward, T., Lentz, M., & Kieckhefer, G., (2012) Daytime Physical Activity Levels in School-age Children with and without Asthma. Nursing Research. . Nursing Research, 61(4):252-59

Churchill, S.S., Kieckhefer, G.M., Landis, C.A., & Ward, T.M. (2012) Sleep measurement and monitoring in children with Down syndrome: A review of the literature 1960-2010. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 16(5):477-88.

Kieckhefer, G.M., Trahms CM, Churchill SS, Kratz L, Uding N, Villareale N. (2013) A randomized clinical trial of the building on Family Strengths Program: An educational program for parents of children with chronic health conditions.

Willgerodt, M. & Kieckhefer, G. (2013). Feasibility of using actigraphy and motivational-based interviewing to improve sleep among school-age children and their parents. 2013 May 17. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 23686941. (NIHMSID 520468).

Current Research Projects

Pediatric Pulmonary Training Center Grant

Center for Research on Management of Sleep Disturbances

Collaborative Research Infrastructure to Transform School Health Build a sustainable, long-term collaborative research structure between the Schools of Public Health, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work at the University of Washington and Seattle Public Schools

Testing Recruitment and Protocols for a Randomized Clinical Trial of an Intervention

Testing Recruitment and Protocols for a Randomized Clinical Trial of an Intervention

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