Professional Development team members

Annual Rocky Mountain Interprofessional Research & Evidence-Based Practice Symposium

Our 31st year
This research forum has proven to be an extraordinary contribution to the professional growth of nurses and other health care professionals. The range of topics presented through seminars, podium, and poster sessions is broad and represents a diverse selection of research and evidence-based practice initiatives being conducted in a variety of clinical settings. We look forward to continued collaboration and success in discovering and strengthening relationships to promote research and scholarship in clinical practice.

The Professional Development department, within the Patient Services Division, supports nurses and other health care professionals in research and evidence-based activities.

There is now a nationwide focus on inter-professional team projects that involve evidence-based practices and benchmarking. Professional Development not only mentors staff to improve research and evidence-based practice, but also participates in multi-site projects with other institutions and professional organizations. Clinical staff are encouraged to become familiar with national initiatives published by specialty groups and institutes.

Who are the interprofessional research resources in Professional Development?

  • Vice President of Professional Development & Practice. The vice president provides oversight for research activity conducted in conjunction with the Patient Services Division and the Research and Evidence-Based Practice Council. The vice president serves on committees external to the department, acting as liaison to the larger health sciences research enterprise of the University of Colorado Denver.
    JoAnn DelMonte, MSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC, Vice President – Professional Development & Practice
  • Research nurse scientists. The research nurse scientists are doctorally-prepared clinical nurse experts who help staff to define and develop projects and negotiate institutional requirements for conducting research. The research nurse scientists coordinate support services needed for individual project completion.
    Ashley Anderson, BSN, RN, doctoral candidate
    Janet Craighead, PhD, RN
    Kathleen Flarity, DNP, PhD, CEN, CFRN, FAEN
    Edith Matesic, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
    Cara Spencer, PhD, FNP-BC, RN
  • Project coordinator. The project coordinator provides specific data collection and management services on request. To access the services of the coordinator, you must contact the research nurse scientists or director with an outline of your needs.
    Kellar Elliott

Research nurse scientists

Ashley Anderson
Ashley Anderson, BSN, RN, doctoral candidate
Janet Craighead, PhD, RN
Kathleen Flarity
Kathleen Flarity, DNP, PhD, CEN, CFRN, FAEN
Edith Matesic
Edith Matesic, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Cara Spencer
Cara Spencer, PhD, FNP-BC, RN

UCHealth REBP Council

Patient Services Research and Evidence-Based Practice Council


The purpose of the UCHealth Research and Evidence Based Practice (REBP) Council is to cultivate an evidence-based nursing culture that translates best evidence into practice by promoting and supporting innovative research, evidence-based practice (EBP), Quality Improvement (QI), and Program Evaluation, with the goal of optimizing outcomes.

Educational offerings

UCHealth EBP Boot Camp

UCHealth EBP Seminars