Valerie A. Toly is an Associate Professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University.
An exemplary academician, mentor, pediatric nurse practitioner and nurse scientist, Dr. Toly has led pioneering research, strategically building the science through a sequential series of studies illuminating the experiences of families caring for children dependent on lifesaving technology (e.g., mechanical ventilation, feeding tubes) at home. Her studies have been funded by the Society of Pediatric Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International and NIH/NINR. Dr. Toly’s major research contributions include: leading descriptive investigations into the impact of caregiving on parents’ mental health, normalization efforts, family functioning; conducting randomized controlled trials of resourcefulness and mindfulness interventions on parents’ physical/mental health, stress, self-management; and highlighting mothers’ experiences throughout the transition trajectory prior to and following their infant’s discharge from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Her research has national and international impact with over 200 citations in scoping and integrative reviews, theoretical and empirical work and professional books by nurses, physicians, other healthcare professionals around the globe. Dr. Toly’s research findings have been integrated into the practice and policy guidelines of national and international pediatric medicine and nursing associations and disseminated in a variety of research and clinical journals to build the state of the science and illuminate the clinical implications of her work for nursing and interdisciplinary practice.
Dr. Toly received her BSN from Kent State University and her MSN, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University.