Tondi M. Harrison, PhD :: Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Tondi M. Harrison, PhD, RN, CPNP

Tondi M. Harrison, PhD, RN, CPNP

Contact Information

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PH: (614) 355.3623
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Biography

Tondi Harrison, PhD, RN, CPNP, is a principal investigator at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. The focus of Dr. Harrison’s research is on developing and testing interventions to moderate the adverse effects of early hospitalization on neonates and young infants. To date, her research has centered on examining the effects of early experience on development of the stress response in infants with congenital heart defects with a particular focus on the influence of maternal-infant interaction on infant autonomic nervous system (ANS) development. Dr. Harrison uses the measure of heart rate variability as an index of ANS function and other physiologic measures of stress response including pulse oximetry, salivary cortisol, salivary alpha amylase, and galvanic skin response.

Gender:

  • Female

Languages Spoken:

  • English

Research Interests

Research Center:

Areas of Interest:

  • My research interests center on examining the effect of maternal care giving on the development of stress neurobiology in full-term infants hospitalized shortly after birth because of life-threatening, chronic health conditions. I am particularly interested in infants with congenital heart defects. The experiences of being in the intensive care unit, undergoing multiple invasive diagnostic or therapeutic treatments, receiving care from multiple professionals, and being separated from mother may result in permanent changes in infant neurobiology, including autonomic nervous system function. Development of adaptive autonomic responses to stress or challenge is the foundation upon which self-regulation of emotion and behavior is built. Patterns of response of the infant’s autonomic system are theorized to be directly influenced by interactions with the mother. I am interested in developing interventions that will enhance infant autonomic function and the establishment of patterns of maternal care giving supportive of the infant’s emotional, behavioral, and social self-regulation.

Education and Training

Nursing School

  • Fairview Hospital School of Nursing
    Date Completed: 06/30/1974

Undergraduate School

  • University of Michigan - Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (certificate)
    Date Completed: 06/30/1980

Undergraduate School

  • University of Michigan
    Date Completed: 08/31/1988

Graduate School

  • Case Western Reserve University
    Date Completed: 06/30/1999

Doctoral

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing
    Date Completed: 08/30/2008

Professional Experience

2010–present

  • Principal Investigator, Center for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH

2008–2010

  • Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota School of Nursing

2006–2008

  • Research Specialist, Aurora Health Care, Milwaukee, WI

2005–2008

  • Research Specialist, Pridham Research Team, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

2001–2003

  • Manager of Clinical Innovation and Professional Practice, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, Neenah, WI

1996–2000

  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, IHA Livingston Pediatrics, Brighton, MI

1994–1996

  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Mt. Hope Pediatrics, Lansing, Michigan

1986–1994

  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Blue Care Network-Health Central, Lansing, MI

1985–1986

  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Home Health Care of Sparrow, Lansing, MI

1980–1985

  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Kalamazoo Pediatric Assoc., Kalamazoo, MI

1979–1979

  • Staff nurse, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

1976–1977

  • Staff nurse, University of Minnesota Hospitals, Minneapolis, MN

1975–1976

  • Staff nurse, Brackenridge Hospital, Austin, TX

1974–1975

  • Staff nurse, University of Minnesota Hospitals, Minneapolis, MN 

Publications

  • Harrison,Tondi,M. 2013. Autonomic nervous system function, child behavior, and maternal sensitivity in three-year-old children with surgically corrected transposition.  HEART & LUNG. Vol. 42, no. 6. (November): 414-421.
  • Weber AM, Harrison TM. 2013. The effect of maternal-infant interaction on physiological outcomes during feeding in term and premature infants over the first year of life. In 37th annual meeting of the Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • Pridham KA, Harrison TM, Krolikowski M, et al. 2013. Growth trajectories of infants with a congenital heart defect: Links with parental and infant conditions. In 37th annual meeting of the Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • Pridham K, Harrison TM, Krolikowski M et al. 2013. Parenting work of couples who have an infant with a complex congenital heart defect. In 35th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • Harrison TM, Brown R. 2013. A pilot study of a skin-to-skin care intervention in infants with congenital heart defects. In 37th annual meeting of the Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • Harrison TM, Brown R. 2013. A pilot study of a skin-to-skin care intervention in infants with congenital heart defects. In World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery
  • Pridham K, Harrison TM, Krilokowski M, Bathum ME, Brown RL, Clark R. 2013. Parenting/caregiving work of mother and father couples who have an infant with a complex congenital heart defect. In World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery
  • Weber, A, Harrison, TM, Steward, D. 2012. Schore’s regulation theory: Maternal-infant interaction in the NICU as a mechanism for reducing effects of allostatic load on neurodevelopment in premature infants.  Biological Research for Nursing. Vol. 14, no. 4. (October): 375-386.
  • Harrison TM, Ferree A. 2012. Maternal affect and behavior predicts infant affect and behavior during feeding in infants with transposition of the great arteries. In 2012 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research
  • Harrison TM, Brown R. 2012. Autonomic nervous system function in infants with transposition.  Biological Research for Nursing. Vol. 14, no. 3. (July): 257-268.
  • Pridham K, Harrison T, Brown R, et al. 2012. Caregiving motivations and developmentally prompted transition for mothers of prematurely born infants.  Advances in Nursing Science. Vol. 35, no. 3. (July): E23-E41.
  • Weber A, Harrison TM, Steward D. Schore’s regulation theory: Maternal-infant interaction in the NICU as a mechanism for reducing the effects of allostatic load on neurodevelopment in premature infants. Biological Research for Nursing. (in press).
  • Harrison, TM. 2011. Trajectories of parasympathetic nervous system function before, during, and after feeding in infants with transposition of the great arteries.  Nursing Research. Vol. 60, no. 3. (June): S15-S27.
  • Harrison TM. 2011. A follow-up study of autonomic nervous system function in three-year-old children with surgically corrected transposition. In 35th annual meeting of the Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • Harrison TM, Brown R. Autonomic nervous system function in infants with transposition. Biological Research for Nursing. 2011, doi: 10.1177/1099800411407687.
  • Harrison TM. Trajectories of parasympathetic nervous system function before, during, and after feeding in infants with transposition of the great arteries. Nursing Research. 2011, 60, S15-S27. PMCID: PMC3139514.
  • Pridham, K, Harrison, T, Krolikowski, M, et al. 2010. Internal working models of parenting: Motivations of parents of infants with a congenital heart defect.  Advances in Nursing Science. Vol. 33, no. 4. (October): E1-E16.
  • Sawin, K, Gralton, K, Harrison, TM, et al. 2010. Nurse Researchers in Children's Hospitals.  Journal of Pediatric Nursing. Vol. 25, no. 5. (October): 408-417.
  • Sawin, K, Gralton, K, Harrison, TM, et al. 2010. Nurse researchers in children’s hospitals.  Journal of Pediatric Nursing. Vol. 25, no. October: 408-417.
  • Harrison TM. 2010. Family centered pediatric nursing care: State of the science.  Journal of Pediatric Nursing. Vol. 25, no. 5. (October): 335-343.
  • Harrison TM. 2010. A pilot study of a skin-to-skin care intervention in infants with congenital heart defects. In 34th annual meeting of the Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • Pridham KA, Harrison TM, Krolikowski M, et al. 2010. Feeding interaction of parents and infants with a complex congenital heart defect: Infant and parental influence. In 34th annual meeting of the Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • Pridham K, Harrison, TM, Krilokowski M, et al. 2010. Feeding motivations of parents of an infant with a complex congenital heart defect. In 34th annual meeting of the Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • Harrison TM. 2010. Physiologic response to feeding in infants with transposition. In World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery
  • Harrison TM.  Family-centered pediatric nursing care: State of the science.  J Pediatr Nurs. 2010 Oct;25(5):335-43.  PubMed ID: 20816555
  • Sawin K, Gralton K, Harrison TM, Malin S, Balchunas MK, Brock L, Cavegn B, et al. Nurse researchers in children’s hospitals. J Pediatr Nurs. 2010 Oct;25(5):408-17.  20816564 PubMed ID: 20816564
  • Pridham K, Harrison TM, Krolikowski M, Bathum ME, Ayres L, Winters J. Internal working models of parenting: Motivations of parents of infants with a congenital heart defect. Advances in Nursing Science. 2010, 33, E1-E16. PMCID: PMC21068545.
  • Harrison, TM. 2009. Effect of maternal behavior on regulation during feeding in healthy infants and infants with transposition.  Journal of Gynecologic, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nursing. Vol. 38, no. 4. (July): 504-513.
  • Harrison TM. 2009. Early neurobiologic regulation in infants with congenital heart defects. In 33rd annual meeting of the Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • Pridham K, Harrison TM, Krolikowski M, et al. 2009. Motivations for parenting an infant with a congenital heart defect. In Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • Harrison, TM.  Effect of maternal behavior on regulation during feeding in healthy infants and infants with transposition.  Journal of Gynecologic, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nursing. 2009, 38, 504-513. PubMed ID: 19614886
  • Harrison, TM, Stewart, S, Ball, K, et al. 2007. Clinical focus program: Enhancing the transition of senior nursing students to independent practice.  Journal of Nursing Administration. Vol. 37, no. 6. (June): 311-317.
  • Harrison TM, Stewart S, Ball K, Bratt MM. Clinical focus program: Enhancing the transition of senior nursing students to independent practice. Journal of Nursing Administration. 2007, 37(6), 311-317. 
    PubMed ID: 17563525
  • Kwekkebom KL, Ameringer S, Harrison T, et al. 2005. Nursing and psychological treatments.  The American Psychologist. Vol. 60, no. October: 731-732.
  • Harrison, TM. Behavioral Observation. In Routledge International Handbook of Advanced Quantitative Methods in Nursing Research. Edited by Henly, SJ.
  • Harrison TM. Stress response in infants with transposition. In 2010 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research
  • Pridham K, Harrison TM, Krilokowski M, et al. Parenting motivation, infant severity of illness and behavioral regulation contribute to parental feeding competencies. In 2011 Biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development
  • Harrison TM. Autonomic nervous system function, child behavior, and maternal sensitivity in three-year-old children with surgically corrected transposition.  Heart & Lung.
  • Harrison TM, Brown R. Patterns of heart rate variability in infants with congenital heart defects following a 14 day skin-to-skin care intervention. In Society for Research in Child Development
  • Harrison TM. Effect of maternal caregiving on early physiologic regulation in infants with congenital heart defects. In 2009 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development
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