Dr. Heather Tubbs Cooley is a pediatric nurse and health services researcher in the Colleges of Nursing and Medicine, and a Principal Investigator in the Center for Perinatal Research at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Research Institute. Additionally, Dr. Tubbs Cooley is a faculty affiliate of the Ohio State University Translational Data Analytics Institute. More information about her background and interests can be found at https://nursing.osu.edu/faculty-and-staff/faculty-directory/tubbs-cooley-heather.html.

The Tubbs Cooley lab is a social science laboratory focused on the organization, delivery, and outcomes of nursing care and nurse-delivered services, primarily in pediatric and neonatal settings.

Research areas:

  • Nursing care quality
  • Nurse workload & performance
  • Human factors in nursing
  • Patient safety
  • Care transitions


  • Analysis of clinical and administrative data from electronic health records & other big data sources
  • Surveys, interviews & focus groups, direct observation
  • Intensive longitudinal matching of nurses and patients to model effects of care on outcomes

Learn more about the team, current research projects, publications, student and trainee opportunities, and related courses.