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Meet the Scholars

Jan Agazio, Ph.D., CRNP, RN, FAANP, FAAN
Jan Agazio is the Assistant Dean and Director of the Ph.D. and DNP programs at the School of Nursing of the Catholic University of America. During her year at Children’s National, she will continue her work with childhood obesity and will be proposing art-based techniques to learn about children’s understanding of their diabetes, its management and its impact on their families.


Vicki Freedenberg, Ph.D., APRN
Dr. Vicki Freedenberg served as the first internal Conway Nursing Research Scholar and implemented a randomized, controlled trial of mindfulness in adolescents with cardiac conditions.

Pamela Hinds, Ph,D., RN, FAANPamela Hinds, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
The William and Joanne Conway Chair in Nursing Research Director, Department of Nursing Research and Quality Outcomes
Associate Director, Center for Translational Research at Children’s Research Institute
Professor, Department of Pediatrics at The George Washington University

Deborah A. Lafond, DNP, PPCNP-BC, CPON, CHPPN
Dr. Lafond is an advanced practice provider who has devoted her life to providing palliative care for children. She has received numerous awards and honors for her work in nursing. 

Robert McCarter, Jr., Sc.D.
Director of the Biostatistics and Informatics Core of the Intellectual and Developmental Disorders Consortium, Children’s Research Institute
Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, The George Washington University
Professor of Pediatrics, The George Washington University

Lisa Ring, DNP, CPNP, PC-AC
Pediatric nurse practitioner certified in both pediatric acute and primary care. Her current practice is with the Children’s National Heart Institute, specifically providing post-operative care on the Heart and Kidney Unit to those patients undergoing congenital heart surgery. She also has expertise in both wound and burn care.

Streisand RRandi Streisand, Ph.D., CDE
Interim Chief of Psychology and Behavioral Health, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Children’s National and the George Washington University School of Medicine, Director of Psychosocial Research and Service for the Diabetes Team and Vice Chair of the Institutional Review Board.