I am a certified pediatric nurse practitioner and a fellow of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners/Associates. I have a doctorate in nursing from UCLA with my focus of study in immunology and neurobiology of the young infant. My areas of interest and research include immune response, vaccines, SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), and health maintenance. I have over 40 years of experience in pediatric primary care and have been involved in the education of nurse practitioners for the past 30 years. I have worked at several universities including UCLA, and am currently a professor at Duke University School of Nursing, an affiliate of the Duke Global Health Institute, and a lecturer at University for Developmental Studies in Tamale, Ghana. As the Director of Global Educational Partnerships and Innovation I arrange global clinical experiences for graduate students. In addition to my faculty appointment, I am working on a project to start a Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center in Moshi, Tanzania and am involved in a distance educational project at University for Developmental Studies in Tamale, Ghana.