Martha A. Q. Curley, RN, PhD, FAAN
Ruth M. Colket Endowed Chair in Pediatric Nursing
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine - Perelman School of Medicine
The site serves as a repository for Dr. Curley’s books and assessment instruments
Dr. Curley is an international leader and premier clinical scientist in pediatric critical care. Her multisite clinical trials, funded by multiple branches of the National Institutes of Health, have high international impact, and are considered standard setting in the interprofessional management of critically ill children. Her passion for interprofessional clinical practice centers her research which has primarily focused on nurse-led complex therapies that include pain and sedation management, care of the critically ill child supported on mechanical ventilation and patient and family care post intensive care. Focusing on the primacy of families, she was one of the first to articulate a model of relationship-based partnerships with parents of critically ill children. Dr. Curley has also led the development and dissemination of core assessment instruments in the field of pediatrics; for example, the State Behavioral Scale (SBS), the Withdrawal Assessment Tool (WAT-1), individualized numeric rating scale (INRS) and the Braden QD scale. She was one of four founding investigators of the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigator (PALISI) Network (2002), the first nurse standing member of NHLBI Clinical Trials Review Committee (CLTR), content expert for numerous pedatric practice guidelines, and formed (2000) and has led an International virtual community of clinically based Nurse Scientists in Pediatric Critical Care. She also led the conceputal development of the American Association of Crtical Care Nurses’ Synergy Model, a framework that describes nursing based on needs of patients and families that undergirds quality models of care delivery for hospital systems across the world. Dr. Curley is the Ruth M. Colket Endowed Chair in Pediatric Nursing at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She also holds a joint appointment in Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine at the University’s Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Curley is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (1998) and member of the National Academy of Medicine (2016). She received her diploma in nursing from Springfield Hospital School of Nursing, her BS from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, her MSN in acute care pediatrics from Yale School of Nursing and her PhD from Boston College. Over decades, Dr. Curley’s work has transformed the clinical management of children in pediatric acute and critical care settings internationally.