Dr. Elizabeth Hawkins-Walsh has been recognized for her leadership roles with key national pediatric nurse practitioner organizations for the past 20 years. She has served as Director of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program at Catholic University since 1989. Her current research interests focus on the development of curricular guidelines and outcomes for graduates of dual acute and primary care PNP programs. She has published extensively and most recently upon the expanding role of the pediatric nurse practitioner in primary mental health care. Prior to coming to Catholic, she worked as a pediatric nurse practitioner, in psychiatric nursing and as a family liaison and research associate at Georgetown University’s Department of Pediatrics/Neonatology.