Bonnie Bowie is a Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs at Seattle University.
Dr. Bowie’s research addresses gaps in fostering interpersonally and physically safe environments for children and families. Her research raises awareness of the harmful effects of microaggression and sibling aggression on children. She described how microaggressions by teachers can be particularly damaging to children and documented a higher association between Black children’s perceptions of peer and teacher discrimination and their experience of depressive and anxiety symptoms. Through her work related to harmful sibling aggression, she realized that there were no mechanisms for clinical assessment of harmful sibling aggression. She recently co- developed and introduced a screening tool for harmful sibling aggression that can be administered during well child visits.
Dr. Bowie’s research also addresses health threats for adults. She has partnered across interdisciplinary teams to develop and pilot a cost-effective respite care model for homeless individuals needing a safe place to recover from illness. Working with health economics colleagues, she addressed risks to women’s health associated with oral contraceptives, namely, flawed assumptions regarding the cost effectiveness of screening for thrombophilia prior to prescribing combined oral contraceptives. She is currently working to change policy regarding thrombophilia testing at the state level, a condition that coupled with combined oral contraceptives can lead to markedly increased morbidity and mortality.
Dr. Bowie received her BSN, MSN and MBA from the University of San Diego and her PhD from the University of Washington.