Faculty Profile

Harriet Kitzman, PhD, RN, FAAN

  • Professor
  • Senior Associate Dean for Research
Harriet Kitzman

Harriet Kitzman is an authority on nurse home visitation for low income mothers and their infants. She serves as Senior Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Center for Research Implementation and Translation (CRIT) and is Professor of Nursing and Pediatrics. A member of the Executive Committee of the Center for Translation Science Institute, she also directs its Center for Research Implementation and Translation. She holds graduate degrees from the University of Rochester and held the esteemed Loretta C. Ford Professorship during her 45 year service to the University.

Dr. Kitzman was a leader in the early nurse practitioner movement. She became prepared and established practice and educational programs as a pediatric nurse practitioner. She led the development of the first graduate nurse practitioner program at the University of Rochester in 1971. In the late 1960s and 1970s she conducted randomized clinical trials of nurse practitioner practice outcomes. She has presented the results of these studies at national meetings and published the results in high impact journals. She is a well-known consultant on the developing nurse practitioner role and its impact. As the first clinical chief/chair responsible for nursing services in the Medical Center and nursing education and research in the School of Nursing, she has been among the key drivers in the development of the School of Nursing's Unification Model.

Since the early 1980s her research has been related to the effects of Nurse Home Visitation on first time mothers and children. Focused on the economically disadvantaged, the intervention has demonstrated a broad range of short- and long-term outcomes. This program of research has had significant impact on both individual care and health care policy nationally and internationally with broad program dissemination through the Nurse Family Partnership National Service Office. The program is recognized as one of the American Academy of Nursing's Edge-Runner Programs. Based on an ecological perspective, the longitudinal data bases developed for the program's three randomized trials over a 30 year period with continuous grant support provide exceptional opportunities to continue to learn about the mechanisms through which early care of mothers and infants and their environments affect life course development of families and children.

Dr. Kitzman holds multiple awards and has served on a number national and local policy committees including the Board of Children, Youth and Families of the American Academies of Science/Institute of Medicine. She was a charter member of the NSCF study section of NINR.

See Harriet Kitzman's curriculum vitae.