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Brenda Zierler PhD, RN, FAAN

Adjunct Professor, Department of Health Services, UW School of Public Health
Adjunct Professor, Division of Vascular Surgery, Department of Surgery, UW School of Medicine
Adjunct Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education, School of Medicine
Co-Director, UW Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Research, and Practice
Director of Faculty Development, UW Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies, UW Medicine

I would like to improve the quality and safety of care for patients with cardiovascular disease through developing clinical guidelines, implementing and evaluating team training strategies, and conducting evaluation research of the interventions. My latest efforts are focused on improving collaborative practice in an accountable care organization so that health care teams can co-produce health services with patients and families to meet their goals/needs.


Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics


What classes do you teach?

I have taught health care systems courses in the CIPCT program. I am currently conducting team training for health care teams, and conduct faculty development programs focused on team training, facilitation of interprofessional teams, TeamSTEPPS, and coaching.

What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?

I love the excellent students and staff.


  • interprofessional health care teams
  • improve the delivery of care
  • advanced heart failure
  • team training strategies
  • TeamSTEPPS
  • Relational Coordination
  • interprofessional collaboration
  • patient safety and clinical outcomes

Research Areas

  • Innovative Interventions
  • Lifespan Health

Research Centers


  • Reeves S, Boet S, Zierler B, Kitto S. (2015) Interprofessional Education and Practice Guide No. 3: Evaluating interprofessional education. Journal of Interprofessional Care; 29(4): 305-12.
  • Hall LW & Zierler BK. (2014) Interprofessional education and practice Guide No. 1; Developing faculty to effectively facilitate interprofessional education. Journal of Interprofessional Care; 29(1): 3-7.
  • Brock, D., Abu-Rish, E., Chiu, C., Hammer, D., Wilson, S., Vorvick, L., Blondon, K., Schaad, D., Liner, D., Zierler, B. (2013). Interprofessional education in team communication: Working together to improve patient safety. Postgraduate Medical Journal 89(1057): 642-51. doi: 10.1136/postgradmedj-2012-000952rep. Republished from BMJ Qual Saf. 2013 May:22(5):414-23.
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