Senior Fellow

Amanda Bettencourt, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Family and Community Health, Penn Nursing

Amanda Bettencourt, PhD is a pediatric clinical nurse specialist with a primary research focus of implementation science. Specifically, her research explores the factors influencing the research-to-practice gap in acute and critical care settings, and tests implementation strategies targeting the interprofessional team to improve the uptake of evidence-based care.

Her dissertation research, published in the Journal of Burn Care and Research, examined the association between nurse staffing, the nurse work environment, and burn patient mortality. She has published extensively on burn clinical care, implementation science, and pediatrics in journals such as JAMA, Hospital Pediatrics, Pediatrics, Journal of Patient Safety, The Journal of Hospital Medicine, and Advanced Critical Care. She is currently the President-elect of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) and serves on the American Burn Association’s Research and Burn Center Verification Committees. She is also a member of the editorial board for the Burn Nursing Core Curriculum and is national faculty for ABLS.

Dr. Bettencourt completed a National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) T32 training fellowship in outcomes research in the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at Penn with Dr. Linda H. Aiken. She also completed a K12 postdoctoral fellowship funded by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) focused on critical care implementation science with Dr. Anne Sales at the University of Michigan. She currently leads a multi-site implementation research study on the use of telemedicine for acute burn care funded by the Department of Defense. She earned a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science in Health Care Research from the University of Michigan.

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