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 health services research 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


  • 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, latest publications, student and trainee opportunities, and related courses.