Elizabeth G. Damato, PhD, RN, CPNP

Associate Professor in the School of Nursing

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Nursing Neuroscience Lab at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Research Interests

  • The effects of premature birth on neurodevelopment
  • Effects of neurostimulation on autonomic nervous system response
  • Integrating high-density electroencephalography with functional magnetic resonance imaging
  • Effects of sleep loss on gene expression
  • Effects of sleep loss on executive functioning
  • Establishing clinical phenotypes for chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Safe infant sleep practices

Education Interests

  • Sleep
  • Neurobiology

Educational Background

  • PhD, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA. Dissertation: Maternal Prenatal Attachment to Twins
  • MSN, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (specializations: Pediatric Primary Care and Perinatal Nursing)
  • BSN, Nursing, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Selected Recent Publications

  • Barsman, S.G., Dowling, D.A., Damato, E.G., & Czech, P. (in press). Neonatal nurses’ beliefs, knowledge, and practices in relation to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) risk-reduction recommendations. Advances in Neonatal Care.
  • Maloni, J.A., Przeworski, A., & Damato, E.G. (2013). Web recruitment and internet use and preferences reported by women with postpartum depression after pregnancy complications. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 27(2), 90-95.
  • Damato, E.G., Brubaker, J.A., & Burant, C. (2012). Sleeping arrangements in families with twins. Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews, 12(3), 171-178.
  • Damato, E.G. & Zupancic, J. (2009). Strategies used by parents of twins to obtain sleep. Applied Nursing Research, 22, 216-220.
  • Brubaker, J., Damato, E., Hightower, K., Goris, K., Flaherty, L., & Mesukko, J. (2009). Home sleeping arrangements in families with twins. Advances in Neonatal Care, 9 (2), 86-87.
  • Damato, E.G. & Burant, C. (2008). Sleep Patterns and Fatigue in Parents of Twins. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 37, 738 -749.
  • Damato, E.G. (2007). Toward safer infant sleep: Do pacifiers reduce SIDS risk? Nursing for Women’s Health, 11(1), 72-76.

Accreditations and Awards

Nominee: Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
Distinguished Service Award, National Association of Neonatal Nurses
Nominee: John S. Diekoff Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring
Jessica Melton Perry Award for Distinguished Teaching in Disciplinary and Professional Writing
Woman of Excellence in Research Award, Research Showcase
Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nursing Certification Board

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