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NExT Bios: Susan Vonderheid

Susan C. Vonderheid, PhD, RN

Susan Vonderheid, Phd, RN is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Human Development Nursing Science.  At the University of Illinois Hospital and Health System, she is the Director of Nursing Research and Coordinator of the Nurse Residency Program.  She has held research and clinical positions in nursing for more than 20 years.  Her interests include the development and evaluation of interventions that improve the quality and effectiveness of care to reduce health disparities and costs with a focus on low-income ethnic minority women and their infants.

She has received funding from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Maternal Child Health Bureau, the National Institutes of Health, and the March of Dimes among others as a primary and co-investigator.  As a nurse scientist consultant to hospitals in the Chicago area, Dr. Vonderheid collaborates with nurses at all levels to develop research and evidenced-based practice projects aimed at achieving unit and organizational goals. 

Dr. Vonderheid also published numerous papers, presented at numerous conferences, and teaches evidence-based practice and research in the graduate program.