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Associate Professor
Community Systems and Mental Health Nursing
College of Nursing, Graduate College
Armour Academic Center
600 S. Paulina Street
Suite 1065A
Chicago, IL 60612

(312) 942-6259
(312) 942-6226
Rush University, 2009, PhD, Nursing
Rush University, 1997, MS, Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Rush University, 1994, BS Nursing
University of Dayton, 1992, BS Psychology
Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms, Psychological Phenomena and Processes

Research Interests
Dr. Breitenstein’s clinical work in adolescent and child psychiatry has informed her research in mental health promotion and prevention. Her research foci include: evidence based parenting interventions, fatherhood interventions, and intervention fidelity. Dr. Breitenstein developed and established the psychometric properties of the Fidelity Checklist, a measure of group leader adherence and competence to the intervention model of the Chicago Parent Program (CPP).  She has worked with other researchers to modify the Fidelity Checklist for a variety of behavioral change interventions. Recently, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Dr. Breitenstein developed and tested a tablet based adaptation of the group based CPP.  The long term goal of her program of research is to develop methods to promote the sustainability and reach of evidence based behavioral interventions in community and healthcare settings. Dr. Breitenstein’s primary teaching responsibilities are in the Psychiatric Mental Health Specialty DNP program and the PhD program, with a focus on quantitative research methodology.
Selected Honors
Midwest Nursing Research Society, Family Research Section Early Stage Investigator Award (2015)
Power of Nursing Leadership, Illinois, Nursing Pinnacle Leader (2014)
Rush Research Mentoring Program, Mentee of the Year (2014)
Best research paper in 2012, Research in Nursing and Health (2013)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar (2012-2015)
Selected Publications

Inella, N., Hamilton, R., Breitenstein, S., Reed, M., & McNaughton, D. (in press). Determinants of Obesity in the Hispanic Preschool Population: An Integrative Review. Public Health Nursing.

Breitenstein, S., Shane, J., Julion, W., & Gross, D. (2015). Developing the eCPP: Adapting an Evidence-Based Parent Training Program for Digital Delivery in Primary Care Settings. Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing, 12(1), 31-40.

Breitenstein, S., Gross, D., & Christophersen, R. (2014). Digital Delivery Methods of Parenting Training Interventions: A Systematic Review. Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing, 11(3), 168-176.

Gross, D., Belcher, H., Ofonedu, M., Breitenstein, S., Frick, K., Chakra, B. (2014). Study protocol for a comparative effectiveness trial of two parent training programs in a fee-for-service mental health clinic: can we improve mental health services to low-income families? Trials, 15: 70.

Breitenstein, S. & Gross, D. (2013). Web-Based Delivery of a Preventive Parent-Training Intervention: A Feasibility Study. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 26, 149-157.

Breitenstein, S., Robbins, L, & Cowell, J. (2012). Attention to fidelity: Why is it important? The Journal of School Nursing, 28(6), 407-408.

Breitenstein, S., Gross, D., Fogg, L., Ridge, A., Garvey, C., Julion, W., & Tucker, S. (2012). The Chicago Parent Program: Comparing 1-year outcomes for African American and Latino parents of young children. Research in Nursing and Health, 35(5), 475–489.

Julion, W., Breitenstein, S., & Waddell, D. (2012). Fatherhood intervention development in collaboration with African American non-resident fathers. Research in Nursing and Health, 35(5), 490-506.

Breitenstein, S., Fogg, L., Garvey, C., Hill, C., Resnick, B., & Gross, D. (2010). Measuring implementation fidelity in a community based parenting intervention. Nursing Research, 59(3), 158-165.

Breitenstein, S., Gross, D., Garvey, C., Hill, C., Fogg, L., & Resnick, B. (2010). Implementation fidelity in community-based interventions. Research in Nursing and Health, 33, 164-173.

Breitenstein, S., Hill, C., & Gross, G. (2009). Understanding disruptive behavior problems in preschool children. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 24(1), 3-12.

Breitenstein, S., Gross, D., Ordaz, I., Julion, W., Garvey, C., & Ridge, A. (2007). Promoting mental health in early childhood programs serving families from low-income neighborhoods. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 13, 313-321.

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