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Perinatal, Pediatrics, and Family Research Center (PPFRC)

Capitalizing on USC Nursing’s faculty research expertise, PPFRC was founded. Eleven USC Nursing faculty and 10 researchers across the United States are working together to improve maternal-child health. PPFRC faculty conduct research to improve health outcomes of infants and their families before, during, and after pregnancy and during childhood.

Improving pediatric health outcomes

PPFRC will improve the health and wellbeing for families through research and innovation, and leadership and excellence through collaborative, interdisciplinary research.

  • Decrease morbidity and mortality for women in S.C. and beyond, before and after childbirth.
  • Decrease morbidity and mortality for premature infants and children born in S.C. from birth to two years old.
  • Facilitate the health and wellbeing of families in S.C. during child-bearing years with increased access to equitable, quality healthcare through research.

PPFRC Director Robin Dail, PhD, RN, FAAN was recently appointed as Health Sciences Endowed Professor.

“I created the center to bring together maternal-child researchers at the College of Nursing with faculty across the USC campus and nation. This will enable networking and extended collaborations, growing research productivity at the university, while making a difference to improve health outcomes for families in South Carolina and beyond.”

Dr. Robin Dail

This is the only center amongst peer institutions conducting this research.

Meet the experts

  • Robin M. Dawson, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, Associate Professor
  • Kayla C. Everhart, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor
  • Tisha Felder, PhD, MSW, Associate Professor
  • Joynelle R. Jackson, EdD, MSN, RN, Assistant Professor
  • Rhonda Johnson, DNP, APRN, c-EFM, CNE, CNM, FACNM, Assistant Professor
  • Brooke Patterson, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, Assistant Professor
  • Phyllis Raynor, PhD, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, APRN, Assistant Professor
  • Alicia Ribar, PhD, FNP-BC, Professor
  • Abbas Tavakoli, Dr. PH, MPH, ME, Professor
  • Jessica Bradshaw, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, CAS
  • Nansi S. Boghossian, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, ASPH


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