Jennifer Dean Durning (she/her) is an instructor for the pediatric nurse practitioner Masters students at the School of Nursing. Jennifer joined the faculty in 2020 after 5 years of serving as a term lecturer.

Jennifer has practiced in pediatric primary care since 2001. She is passionate about child and adolescent development, and in turn, works on sharing her knowledge to help guardians optimize their children’s development and health. She also loves imparting her passion for family-centered pediatric care with the next generation of pediatric nurse practitioners.

Jennifer is currently pursuing a PhD in Nursing Education. As an outgrowth of her clinical experience, Jennifer’s research focuses on the primary care of children and adolescents in immigrant families. Her dissertation will explore the understanding and experiences of health among Dominican American adolescents. 

MS, Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
BS, Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
BA, French and Anthropology, University of Notre Dame

  • Children and adolescents in immigrant families
  • Children and adolescents in under-resourced communities
  • Child and adolescent development

Jennifer has published numerous papers - some titles are highlighted below. You can view a complete listing of Jennifer's publications in her CV. 

 Access and use of preventive health care by adolescents in immigrant families: An integrative review.

Vulnerability, loss, and coping experiences of health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic

Oral feeding dysfunction in post-operative infants with CHDs: A scoping review

The COVID-19 study of healthcare and support personnel (CHAMPS): A longitudinal observational study. 

Psychological responses of hospital-based nurses working during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States: An observational study. 

In addition, Jennifer regularly presents at conferences and industry events. Please see her CV for a complete list of presentations.

Health behaviors of adolescents in immigrant families: An integrative review at 34th Annual Scientific Sessions of the Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS). 

Assessing risk in research studies: EVBRES research ethics committee survey at 2nd EVBRES Conference 2021.

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Awards and Honors

Partners in Excellence Award for Outstanding Community Contributions, 2018

Awarded by Partners Healthcare in acknowledgement of service to families in an emergency shelter in the Lawrence, Massachusetts community immediately following the Columbia Gas tragedies of 9/13/2018.

Sigma Theta Tau Inductee, 1998

International Honor Society of Nursing