Cassadaga native Roberta Page Pawlak has recently earned her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Dr. Pawlak received a Ph.D. in nursing, with a secondary concentration in population health sciences. Her dissertation was titled "Outcome Evaluation of an Interdisciplinary Care Model for Children with Cystic Fibrosis." Data for her research was obtained from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Pawlak is an alumna of Cassadaga Valley High School, and attended her undergraduate program in Nursing from D'Youville College in Buffalo, New York. She then obtained her Masters Degree in Nursing Administration from the University of Buffalo.
Having worked clinically at the former Buffalo Children's Hospital (Neonatal ICU), in both the Neonatal and Pediatric ICUs at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, as well as in administration and education at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., Pawlak currently holds an assistant professor position at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisc. She is also the graduate program director at Edgewood College, and teaches in the areas of nursing leadership, administration, health systems management, healthcare economics, healthcare finance and applied research in health systems. In addition, she guest speaks in the undergraduate program in pediatric cardiac and high risk newborn topics.
Pawlak has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications in journals including Journal of Nurse Practitioners, Managed Care Interface, American Journal of Critical Care, Journal of Nursing Care Quality, Nursing Economic$, and Heart & Lung. In addition, she has published two books on Drug Administration in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with Neonatal Network. Recent research presentations this past year have included the following conferences: International Nursing Administration Research Conference (Denver, Colo.), Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) (Columbus, Ohio), Sigma Theta Tau International (Dallas, Texas) and Maternal & Child Health Bureau, Lifelong Connections (Orlando, Fla.).
A member of several professional organizations, Pawlak is a fellow with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Pediatric Pulmonary Center at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, and President of Beta Eta-at-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Her research interests are in the areas of interdisciplinary care of children with special health care needs and health literacy.
Pawlak is the daughter of Robert and Louise Page of Cassadaga. She is married to Richard Edwin Pawlak (Jean and Edwin Pawlak) of Dunkirk. They reside with their family in Middleton, Wisc. They have two daughters, Sarah (Denver, Colo.), and Madison Page Pawlak.