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Judith E. Quaranta, PhD, RN, CPN, AE-C

Assistant Professor

Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Background

Judith Quaranta has been a pediatric nurse since 1979, and obtained certifications in pediatrics in 1995 and asthma education in 2009. She is also a Distinguished Fellow in the National Academies of Practice in Nursing.

Quaranta has taught at the Decker School of Nursing since 1998.

In 1999, she became actively involved with asthma and became a “train the trainer” for the American Lung Association's Open Airways for Schools curriculum to provide sustainability of this initiative in the community. Through integration of Open Airways into course content, undergraduate nursing students are trained as facilitators and have implemented the program in local elementary schools since 2000. Other asthma programs Quaranta has helped implement in the community include Wee Breathers and A is for Asthma.

Quaranta has several publications focusing on asthma management and was was invited to author a book on asthma management by Western Schools. This was completed in 2018.

Quaranta's research focuses on asthma management and involves undergraduate nursing students. She has completed an analysis of the effectiveness of nursing students conducting the Open Airways program, as well as conducted focus groups with adolescents with asthma to understand interpersonal influences impacting their asthma management. Her doctoral dissertation focused on asthma management of school nurses and findings from this study were published in the Journal of School Nursing.

She is currently working on research investigating the relationship of adverse childhood events and asthma and level of asthma control. Completed research with manuscripts in progress include the use of GIS mapping to identify asthma clusters in Head Start populations; asthma case findings in Head Start populations; asthma knowledge, attitude and self-efficacy in family nurse practitioner students; and nursing student attitudes towards research and intention to pursue graduate education after enrolling in Nursing 499.

Quaranta has cultivated strong partnerships with those in the community and in academia who deal with asthma, including colleagues throughout Binghamton University. She has also developed strong partnerships with local school nurses, working closely with the public school system and local Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

Quaranta co-presented her work with asthma and the Head Start population at the C2U Expo 2017 Conference in Vancouver, Canada, Lived Experiences in Developing, Maintaining and Sustaining Authentic Partnerships: A Panel Discussion. She has also made several additional presentations at the American Public Health Association's Annual Meeting and Expo.

Education

  • PhD, nursing, Binghamton University
  • MS, community health nursing with nurse educator role, Binghamton University
  • BS, nursing, Binghamton University
  • BA, psychology, Binghamton University

Research Interests

  • Childhood asthma

Clinical Interests

  • Pediatrics

Teaching Interests

  • Community health
  • Healthcare delivery systems

Awards

  • TAE Award, Sustainable Communities, Binghamton University
  • Dissertation Award, Zeta Iota Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau
  • Individual Development Award, Binghamton University
  • Josie Reichel Award, Decker School Of Nursing
  • A. David Price Award, Office of the Provost, Binghamton University
  • Steps to a Healthier NY, Broome County, School Partner Recognition Award Broome County Health Department in recognition of Open Airways implementation

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Certifications

  • Asthma educator, National Asthma Educator Certification Board
  • Open Airways for Schools, American Lung Association
  • Certified pediatric nurse, Pediatric Nursing Certification Board