As a Research Nurse with PaRC, Roberta facilitates Respecting Choices® advance care planning conversations for Dr. Yael Schenker’s PEACe Compare study participants who live with cancer and their caregivers. Additionally, Roberta through her training in Implementation Science via Veterans Affairs, facilitates the Pal-TEACH Pilot, a telehealth delivery model that extends the reach of UPMC Pittsburgh-based palliative care specialists to rural and underserved community oncology clinics throughout Western Pennsylvania.
Roberta holds a Bachelor’s of Nursing and Master’s of Nursing from Robert Morris University with a concentration in Nursing Leadership and Global Healthcare. She is also a certified Respecting Choices® Advance Care Planning Facilitator. Currently, she is pursuing a certification in Integrative Nurse Coaching.
Prior to joining the research team, Roberta worked in various clinical delivery settings in the United States and Canada. However, her passion for patient and family comfort amidst difficult circumstances led her to hospice and palliative care nursing. She was employed in this specialty in the Pittsburgh region in both inpatient and outpatient community settings.
While providing palliative and hospice nursing care, Roberta saw firsthand the positive impact of this clinical model and is proud to be part of a team here at PaRC, contributing to the advancement of palliative care delivery for patients with serious illness and their families.
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