Donna M Hallas


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Donna M Hallas


Clinical Professor
Program Director, Pediatrics NP

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433 First Avenue
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New York, NY 10010
United States

Donna M Hallas's additional information

Donna Hallas, CPNP, FAANP, PMHS, PPCNP-BC, PhD, is director of the Pediatrics NP Program and a clinical professor at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. She is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner and pediatric mental health specialist. Her research focus is on improving healthcare outcomes for pediatric patients. Hallas is also a faculty scholar of the International Qualitative Institute at Alberta, Canada. She is a fellow of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She maintains a practice as a PNP in primary care for high-risk children. At NYU Meyers, she prepares pediatric nurse practitioner students to provide quality health care services for infants, children, adolescents and young adults within a family-centered framework.

Hallas has presented at national and international conferences on the implementation of evidence-based practice in ambulatory pediatric healthcare centers. She has presented the results of a randomized controlled trial to improve the social-emotional development of toddlers and improve maternal confidence in caring for toddlers at research conferences. She presented a qualitative study on the social and emotional development of adolescents whose mothers died during their pre-teen and teenage years. She implemented a funded study on oral health care for newborns and young children. She worked collaboratively with dental faculty to improve the oral health care of children from diverse populations. She is published in peer-reviewed journals on the oral healthcare needs of young children and has designed a new approach for oral health assessment in office-based practices regarding young children. She was a content expert for the American Academy of Pediatrics for the design of a web-based program for pediatricians, nurse practitioners, and all primary care providers on oral health assessments, management, and referrals for children and adolescents to improve the oral healthcare and status of this population. Hallas also served as an expert panel member for the systematic evaluation of oral health programs through a grant from Robert Woods Johnson.

Among her many honors, Hallas received the 2016 AANP Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice (New York State) and the Nurse Practitioner of the Year from the Nurse Practitioner Association of Long Island.

Hallas earned her PhD from Adelphi University, MSs from the State University of New York and Indiana University, and BSs from Adelphi University and the University of Hartford. 

PhD - Adelphi University (1999)
MS - State University of New York (1991)
MS - Indiana University (1979)
BS - Adelphi University (1990)
BS - University of Hartford (1974)
Diploma - St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing (1971)

Primary care
Mental health

American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Faculties
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Greater New York Chapter of NAPNAP
International Institute of Qualitative Methodology
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty
Sigma Theta Tau, Kappa Gamma Chapter and Upsilon Chapter

Faculty Honors Awards

Award for Excellence, American Association of Nurse Practitioners New York State (2016)
Distinguished Educator Award, NYU College of Dentistry (2012)
Nelms-Miller Editorial Award, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (2011)
Fellow, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (2011)
Nurse Practitioner of the Year, Nurse Practitioner Association of Long Island (2010)
Award for Excellence in Education Sigma Theta Tau, Kappa Gamma Chapter (2009)
President's Outstanding Contribution Team Award, Pace University NCLEX Success Team (2006)
Presidents Award for Excellence for the Manuscript, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (2003)
Award for Excellence in Nursing Leadership, Sigma Theta Tau, Kappa Gamma Chapter (1993)
Fellow, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (1991)
Winning Essay, Health and Public Affairs Scholarship (1990)
Honors Graduate, Adelphi University (1990)
Induction Sigma Theta Tau, Kappa Gamma Chapter, International Honor Society for Nurses (1990)


Reporting and Appraising Research Studies

Spratling, R., & Hallas, D. (2021). Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 35(1), 108-113. 10.1016/j.pedhc.2020.08.008
In today's fast-paced health care delivery system, new evidence for practice emerges on a daily basis, and research results are quickly disseminated. Nurse practitioners are challenged to evaluate the relevance of the evidence to their patient populations and whether clinical practice should be changed on the basis of the presenting evidence. Nurse researchers also need to report study findings in a relevant, organized, and scholarly manner using reporting guidelines. This paper discusses both critical appraisal checklists and reporting guidelines providing exemplars for using each of the available tools.

Quadangulation: A New Methodology Combining Ethnographic Research and Quality Improvement Projects in Health Science Research

Rodriguez, K., & Hallas, D. (2020). Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 34(3), 273-278. 10.1016/j.pedhc.2019.12.006
The purpose of this paper is to describe quadangulation as a methodology for conducting and analyzing combined ethnographic studies and quality improvement (QI) projects into one comprehensive investigation to improve the quality of health care. A comprehensive base of cultural influences in all health-care delivery settings, obtained from the design, implementation, and interpretation of a rigorous ethnographic investigation, and a QI project is new proposed methodology, called quadangulation. This new methodology has the potential to influence transformational cultural change, quality whole-person patient-centered care, and improved population health, through in-depth qualitative and quantitative analysis of cultural influences and clinical problems.

Behavioral Pediatric Healthcare for Nurse Practitioners

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Critiquing Research Evidence for Use in Practice: Revisited

Dale, J. C., Hallas, D., & Spratling, R. (2019). Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 33(3), 342-346. 10.1016/j.pedhc.2019.01.005
Nurse practitioners need to critically appraise the abundance of research evidence and clinical practice guidelines to make astute decisions about the implementation of the best available evidence to clinical practice. There are numerous ways to appraise research and practice guidelines that are designed to inform clinical practice with the overall goals of improving patient outcomes. This article presents existing tools to appraise the research evidence in addition to a guide for providers on critical appraisal of a research study.

Traditional and Nontraditional Collaborations to Improve Population Health Using Geospatial Information SystemMaps: Analysis of the Opioid Crisis

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Behavioral pediatric healthcare for nurse practitioners: A growth and developmental approach to intercepting abnormal behaviors

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Case study

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Identifying and intercepting behavioral health problems in infancy

Hallas, D. (2018). In Behavioral Pediatric Healthcare for Nurse Practitioners (pp. 69-81). Springer Publishing Company. 10.1891/9780826116819.0006
Infancy is a wonderful time for healthy parents and healthy infants to grow together within healthy home and community environments that support the social-emotional development of infants, thus establishing the foundation for lifelong behavioral and mental health. Pediatric primary care providers (P-PCPs) must acknowledge the paradigm shift to attain behavioral health for all by viewing behavioral health as beginning at the moment of conception and existing on a continuum throughout the life span, delicately balancing between behavioral/mental health and well-being versus behavioral health disorders/mental illness and malady. This chapter examines, analyzes, and evaluates the best available evidence to identify and intercept behavioral health problems prior to conception, post-delivery, and during the first year of life. P-PCPs must assess the mother-infant bonding and attachment relationship, maternal nurturing behaviors, and maternal responses to the infant, as well as the infant’s social-emotional developmental patterns, at every primary care encounter.

Infant depression

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Intercepting behavioral health problems

Hallas, D. (2018). In Behavioral Pediatric Healthcare for Nurse Practitioners: A conceptual model (pp. 3-16). Springer Publishing Company. 10.1891/9780826116819.0001
The overarching goal for providing behavioral and mental health services in pediatric primary care settings is to provide immediate and effective services to children, adolescents, and their families to change the course from potential adverse behavioral health outcomes to supportive positive directions in growth and developmental behavioral health. This textbook provides an analysis of evidence-based behavioral health practices to foster growth and developmental behavioral health through early behavioral health screenings and assessments with the goal of intercepting behavioral development and characteristics that are not within the “norm” of pediatric and adolescent development. The conceptual model for Intercepting Behavioral Health problems focuses on identifying the very earliest presentation of even one symptom that may lead to a behavioral health problem and immediately beginning the process for intercepting the potential problem with evidence-based treatments. Pediatric primary care providers play a unique role in caring for children with behavioral health problems.