Jessica Jarvis

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What drew you to CPERL? How does CPERL align with your professional vision?
I was looking for a postdoctoral opportunity that focused on pediatric rehabilitation research. As a researcher with a clinical background providing patient-centered care in the pediatric intensive care unit, CPERL’s current scope of research aligned directly with my passions and provided opportunities to develop new skill sets that would advance me as a researcher.

What do you work on in CPERL?
My research in CPERL is primarily  over two areas: 1) Health outcomes: examining functional recovery among children who survive critical illness, as well as improving our understanding of the impacts of critical illness on caregivers; and 2) Intervention development: further developing an electronic health tool as an intervention to facilitate patient-centered care and improve caregiver self-efficacy.

What has been your most memorable moment in CPERL to date?
This is tough! I think it would be meeting with Heather Lim (alumna) and Andrea Gurga to settle coding discrepancies during qualitative analyses. This was my first qualitative study and the nature of the dataset required us to carefully and systematically review hundreds of strategies while considering the complex nuances of the framework we selected. It was quite laborious, but I learned through the process about the methods and the topic, and felt so victorious once completed!

What are your favorite ways to occupy yourself, and what does it mean for you to participate in these activities?
I love to read, play instruments, and walk my puppy with my fiancé. Reading is a way to expand my horizons and it exposes me to new worlds and points of view. Playing instruments allows me to foster creativity and to have an outlet for self-expression. Walks with my puppy and fiancé provide me important opportunities of connection, helps me to see myself in the bigger picture (rather than focusing on the day-to-day details), and brings me joy as I appreciate having my loved ones around me.