Center for Pediatric Trauma Research

Center for Pediatric Trauma Research

The Center for Pediatric Trauma Research (CPTR) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital conducts research to support global efforts in achieving the best outcomes for pediatric trauma patients. Using a multidisciplinary approach, CPTR researchers lead innovative projects to assess pre-hospital emergency medical service, acute medical and surgical management, rehabilitation, and family and community services that impact the short and long-term outcomes of injured patients. CPTR serves as a leader and a partner to translate cutting edge research findings to help patients, families, policy makers, and clinicians make informed decisions.


To lead evidence-based trauma care and policy research to achieve the best outcomes for pediatric trauma patients.


Research: Conduct high quality research to address significant problems at every stage of pediatric trauma care from pre-hospital emergency medical services through acute care, rehabilitation, and reintegration into the community.

Policy: Contribute to state and national efforts to assess and improve regional trauma care systems.

Workforce Development: Provide trauma-related research training and mentoring for nurses, researchers, medical and graduate students, residents, and fellows, and junior faculty members

Partnership: Collaborate with pediatric trauma care professionals, researchers, and educators around the world to promote excellence in pediatric trauma research, trauma care, and education

Principal Investigators

Nurse Researchers

  • Kathy Haley, MS, RN, Trauma Program Manager
  • LeeAnn Wurster, MS, RN, CPNP
  • Dana Noffsinger, CPNP-AC
  • Carla Coffey, BSN, RN

Affiliate Faculty

  • Allan C. Beebe, MD
  • Mark Hall, MD, FAAP, FCCM
  • Bo Lu, PhD, Associate Professor, Division of Biostatistics, The Ohio State University College of Public Health
  • Huiping Zhu, MD, PhD, Lecturer, Capital Medical University, Beijing, P.R. China (International)
  • Xiuquan Shi, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Zunyi Medical College, Guiyang, P.R. China (International)
  • Keith Yeates, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada (International)
  • Jennifer Lundine, PhD, CCC-SLP, Rehabilitation Research Coordinator 

Research Support

CPTR provides support for all stages of research: grant writing, study design, access to large datasets, statistical support, data analysis, and manuscript review. We also provide opportunities for research mentorship.

contact info

Nationwide Children's Hospital
Trauma Program
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: (614) 722-6512
Fax: (614) 722-6518

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