Dr. Duffy has been a nurse in the department of neuroscience at Boston Children’s Hospital for the past 16 years. In 2002 she graduated from William F. Connell School of Nursing at Boston College with a master’s degree in nursing and in 2013 Dr. Duffy completed the doctoral program at Boston College. During her doctoral program, Dr. Duffy was awarded an individual National Research Service Award to support her research training and doctoral dissertation titled “Testing the Efficacy of the Creating Opportunities for Parent Empowerment (C.O.P.E.) Intervention During Hospital to Home Transition: Empowering Parents of Children with Epilepsy and Other Neurological Conditions.”
Currently, Dr. Duffy is a K12 Scholar with a Mentored Career Development Award for Child- and Family Centered Outcomes Research at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her ongoing program of research includes several projects aimed at better understanding and improving the decision- making process among families of children and adolescents with pediatric onset multiple sclerosis. As a K12 scholar, Dr. Duffy receives intensive mentorship and training in patient- centered outcomes research that engages patients, parents, and other stakeholders in all phases of planning, conduct, and dissemination of her research. She is conducting research that will directly inform decisions of clinicians and families as well as promote delivery system improvements and improved population health. Dr. Duffy’s research in this program will create a foundation for a body of work that will positively impact the way healthcare professionals’ partner with families to produce the best possible outcomes.
Research Focus: Improving the quality of life among families of children and adolescents living with chronic neurological conditions with a special interest in understanding and improving the process of decision making among parents and adolescents living with multiple sclerosis.