Donna Dowling, PhD, RN

donna dowling



Phone: 216.368.1869


Professor in the School of Nursing

Research Interests

  • Alternative Feeding Methods for Pre-Term Infants
  • Factors that Impact Breast Feeding Initiation and Duration for Pre-Term Infants
  • Pre-Term Infant Nutrition
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Research Projects

  • Principal Investigator, "Cup Feeding for Preterm Infants: Mechanics of Safety," National Association of Neonatal Nurses.
  • Principal Investigator, "African-American Low Birth Weight Infants Need Their Mothers’ Milk." NINR.
  • Principal Investigator, "Mothers’ Experiences Expressing Breast Milk For Their Preterm Infants," Case Western Reserve University, Research Initiative Grant 2009, $10,000.00.
  • Case Western Reserve University, "Pilot Test of An Intervention Aimed at Improving Adherence to SIDS Risk Reduction Recommendations by Mothers of Preterm Infants", 2014, $500.00.

Training Projects

  • Program Director, "Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Advanced Education Program," Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions, HP-00263-01, 2001-2004.
  • Program Director, "Center for Excellence in Population-Based Pediatric Nursing," Maternal Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, MCJ-399703, 1998-2002.
  • Core Faculty, "Childbearing, Childrearing, Caregiving Research Training," May Wykle, National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health, T32 NR07108, 1999-2005.

Education Interests

  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Pediatric Critical Care Nursing

Educational Background

  • Diploma, Nursing, Genesee Hospital School of Nursing, Rochester, NY
  • BSN, Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Cleveland, OH
  • MSN, Pediatric Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • PhD, Nursing Sciences, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL


  • Toly, V. B., Musil, C. M., Beida, A., Barnett, K., Dowling, D., & Sattar, A. (2016). Neonates and infants discharged home dependent on medical technology: Characteristics and outcomes. Advances in Neonatal Care.
  • Damato, E. G., Haas, M. C., Czeck, P., Dowling, D. A., Barsman, S. G. (2016). Safe Sleep Infant Care Practices Reported by Mothers of Twins. Advances in Neonatal Care, doi: 10.1097/ANC.0000000000000332 [Epub ahead of print].

  • Hlabse, M., Dowling, D., Lindell, D., Underwood, P., & Barsman, S. (2014). Supports and barriers to successful progression in a DNP program: Students’ Perspectives. Nurse EducatorEpub ahead of print, February, 2016.