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Donna Hallas,

Clinical Professor
Coordinator, Advanced Practice Nursing:Pediatrics
433 First Ave Room 526
New York, NY 10010
Areas of Specialization 

Pediatrics: Primary Health Care including caring for at-risk children and children with behavioral health needs managed in primary care settings: Foster Care: Interprofessional oral health care management of high risk children: 

Research Focus: Improving healthcare outcomes for at-risk children

Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Certified Pediatric Mental Health Specialist - Primary Care

Fellow: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 

PhD, 1999, Adelphi University
MS, 1991, State University of New York
BS, 1990, Adelphi University
MS, 1979, Indiana University
BS, 1974, University of Hartford
Diploma, 1971, St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing
Professional Overview 
Dr. Hallas is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner who has 20 years of experience as a PNP caring for at-risk children and their families. Her clinical practice and mentoring of the NYU College of Nursing PNP students in clinical practice settings has resulted in several publications with her students on major issues in primary health care. Dr. Hallas’ nursing research focuses on pediatric health care for underserved and high risk populations. Her first qualitative study examined the attachment relationships between foster care parents and foster care children. Her next qualitative study examined the absence of the mother daughter relationship. A major theme was the significance of ‘letting go’ as part of the healing process. One outcome from both of these studies was the raised question on ways that women who experienced a significant personal loss in their childhood were able to provide nurturing emotional development for their own toddlers. She recently completed a funded randomized controlled trial that examined the effectiveness of a parenting intervention to improve the social-emotional development of toddlers and improve maternal confidence. Since 2010, Dr. Hallas has investigated ways to improve oral health for underserved populations. She examined the effectiveness of an educational oral health intervention for mother's of newborns in their oral health status at 12 months old.
Honors and Awards 
2014 Named 25 Top Pediatric Nursing Professors
2012 New York University College of Dentistry Distinguished Educator Award
2011, Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
2011, Nelms-Miller Editorial Award, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
2010, Nurse Practitioner of the Year, Nurse Practitioner Association of Long Island
2009, Award for Excellence in Education Sigma Theta Tau, Kappa Gamma Chapter
2006, Outstanding Contribution Team Award, President, Pace University NCLEX Success Team
2003, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioner’s Presidents Award for Excellence for the Manuscript
1993, Award for Excellence in Nursing Leadership , Sigma Theta Tau, Kappa Gamma Chapter
1991 Fellow, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
1990, Health and Public Affairs Scholarship Winning Essay
1990, Induction Sigma Theta Tau, Kappa Gamma Chapter, International Honor Society for Nurses
1990, Honors Graduate, Adelphi University
RN, New York
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, State of New York Education Department
Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (CPNP)
American Nurses Certification Center (PNP-BC)
Pediatric Nursing Certification Board: Primary Care Mental Health Specialist
Professional Membership 
American Association of Nurse Practitioners
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Greater New York Chapter (NAPNAP) Chair: Continuing Education
NAPNAP Immunization SIG Group
NAPNAP Education Committee
National Certification Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
Sigma Theta Tau, Kappa Gamma Chapter
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty
Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Clinical Practice / Clinical Interests 

Clinical interests include reducing the incidence of early childhood caries in children under the age of 5 through office based interventions and parent education

Hallas, D., Biesecker, B., Brennan, M., Newland, J. A., & Haber, J. (2012). Evaluation of the clinical hour requirement and attainment of core clinical competencies by nurse practitioner students. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 24, 544-553. 10.1111/j.1745-7599.2012.00730.x.
Souto, A., Pudel, M., & Hallas, D. (2011). Evidence-based care management of the late preterm infant. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 25, 44-49. 10.1016/j.pedhc.2010.04.002.
Hallas, D., Fernandez, J., Lim, L., & Carobene, M. (2011). Nursing strategies to reduce the incidence of early childhood caries in culturally diverse populations. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 26, 248-256. 10.1016/j.pedn.2009.07.010.
Oppenheimer, J., & Hallas, D. (2011). Uncharacteristic bullous lesions on a newborn: What's your diagnosis?. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 25, 186-190. 10.1016/j.pedhc.2010.10.002.
Hallas, D., & Shelley, D. (2009). Role of pediatric nurse practitioners in oral health care. Academic Pediatrics, 9, 462-466. 10.1016/j.acap.2009.09.009.
Hallas, D., & Feldman, H.R. (2006). A guide to scholarly writing in nursing. Imprint, 53, 80-83.
Hallas, D.M., Butz, A., & Gitterman, B. (2004). Attitudes and beliefs for effective pediatric nurse practitioner and physician collaboration. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 18, 77-86. 10.1016/j.pedhc.2003.09.009.
Hallas, D., & Melnyk, B.M. (2003). Evidence-based practice: The paradigm shift. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 17, 46-49. 10.1067/mph.2003.14.
Hallas, D. (2002). A model for successful foster child-foster parent relationships. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 16, 112-118. 10.1067/mph.2002.117449.