(Mentor and mentee selfie – March 2017)

CPERL has a bittersweet announcement. Jessica Jarvis, our first postdoctoral trainee, wraps up her time in our lab this week. She has chosen to transition to the University of Pittsburgh as an NIH T32 fellow on Pediatric Neurointensive Care and Resuscitation Research (PI: Kochanek). Through this prestigious fellowship, Dr. Jarvis will further build her main line of inquiry that she began to develop during her time here. She will build up her mentorship circle and strengthen her scientific capacity for examining the role of rehabilitation services to improve pediatric critical care survivorship.

Jessica shares, “These two years have gone by in the blink of an eye. I have learned tremendous amounts from my mentor, Dr. Khetani, CPERL members and collaborators, and the families and providers I have had the pleasure to work with through our PEM+ projects. The opportunities I was afforded within this lab far exceeded my expectations. I have had the privilege to immerse myself in the concept of participation as both an important process and a valued outcome for children and their families. I gained formal and informal training in new analytic skills, both quantitative and qualitative. For the first time, I had hands-on experience with recruitment, data collection, and dataset/codebook creation. I had the privilege to try and to fail, to learn and try again.  As I move forward, I know that I my work will continue to intersect with CPERL and will seek out chances to collaborate, mentor, and be mentored by the wonderful individuals that comprise the CPERL team. From the bottom of my heart, I thank all of you that have played a role in my time here. It takes a village to raise a researcher, and I am so fortunate that my village included you!”

Mary shares, “We thank Jessica for modeling a new career scientist trajectory in our lab and for forging new directions with a rare blend of scientific curiosity, tenacity, and camraderie. In just two years, she has completed a series of studies to produce 8 publications (6 refereed manuscripts, 2 book chapters, 7 as lead author) and 7 co-authored presentations at national and international venues relevant to pediatric rehabilitation. She has effectively collaborated on a number of grant submissions and recently earned co-investigator status for an newly funded project sponsored by CanChild. She is and will remain a valued colleague who has grown tremendously in her ability to shape an authentic career path in academia, and she is poised to make lasting contributions to pediatric rehabilitation research.”

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