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Children's Mercy Names Director of Health Services and Outcomes Research

Kathy Goggin, PhD, has been named Director of Health Services and Outcomes Research, a new position at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics. Her appointment was effective Sept. 3, 2013.

Dr. Goggin will hold the Ernest L. Glasscock, MD, Chair in Pediatric Education and Research at Children's Mercy. In her new position, she will drive the development of the strategic vision for enhancing health services and outcomes research; recruit and lead a multidisciplinary team of scientists that collaborates with faculty across Children's Mercy partner institutions and the community; stimulate innovative approaches to the measurement of health system performance to improve outcomes; and establish a national reputation for Children's Mercy in health services and outcomes research.

"I am delighted to welcome Dr. Goggin to Children's Mercy," said Michael Artman, MD, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and Executive Director of Research Strategy and Implementation. "She brings impressive credentials, experience and leadership skills to our pediatric education and research efforts."

Dr. Goggin is currently Curators' Professor of Psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a position she has held since 2011. The Curators' Professorship is the highest and most prestigious academic rank awarded by the University Of Missouri Board Of Curators.

Dr. Goggin's program of research focuses on primary and secondary disease prevention, medication adherence, and psychosocial predictors of health behavior change to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities. She has published more than 180 papers and abstracts in leading national and international scholarly outlets spanning diverse fields from pharmacy to medicine, nursing, psychology and public health. She has garnered continuous extramural funding since 1997 and has been responsible, as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator, for more than $21 million in extramural funding for national and international research studies. Her research is also notable for its focus on community-based translational research efforts that have impacted faith-based and community based organizations, communities, and a variety of health care settings both domestically and internationally.

Dr. Goggin completed her PhD at the San Diego State University / University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology where she specialized in Behavioral Medicine. She served as Chief Fellow of the NIMH Postdoctoral Training Program in HIV/AIDS at the Cornell University Medical College/Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centers in New York City until being awarded the prestigious Aaron Diamond Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to continue her research at Columbia University.

Dr. Goggin is a Fellow and former Executive Board member of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and regularly serves as a reviewer for the National Institutes of Health. She has been awarded the UMKC Dean's Good Teaching Award, UMKC Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Community Engagement, the UMKC Trustees' Award, as well as, the N.T. Veatch Award for Distinguished Research.

About Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics

Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, located in Kansas City, Mo., is one of the nation's top pediatric medical centers. The 354-bed hospital provides care for children from birth through the age of 21, and has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of "America's Best Children's Hospitals." For the third time in a row, Children's Mercy has achieved Magnet nursing designation, awarded to fewer than seven percent of all hospitals nationally, for excellence in quality care. Its faculty of 600 pediatricians and researchers across more than 40 subspecialties are actively involved in clinical care, pediatric research, and educating the next generation of pediatric subspecialists. For more information about Children's Mercy and its research, visit childrensmercy.org or download our mobile phone app CMH4YOU for all phone types. For breaking news and videos, follow us on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.