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Erin Abu-Rish Blakeney PhD, RN

Research Associate Professor
Team Science Core Co-Lead, UW Institute of Translational Health Sciences
Affiliate Faculty, UW Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Research, and Practice
Affiliate Faculty, UW Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

My program of research is motivated by the knowledge that all too often our health research and care systems do not safely, efficiently, equitably, or effectively meet the needs of patients or their family members along the bench to bedside spectrum.

In my work, I utilize frameworks and methods from the fields of implementation science and interprofessional/team science and have primarily focused on experiences and outcomes of patients with a diagnosis of advanced heart failure.

Current areas of inquiry include: (1) identification of best practices and promising models for improving interdisciplinary team dynamics and outcomes in education, research, and clinical settings; (2) understanding mechanisms of action connecting the quality of communication, relationships, and processes/structures with team effectiveness and team and patient outcomes; (3) discovering strategies to implement and sustain team-based approaches in research and practice.


  • BA (Politics & Environmental Studies), Whitman College
  • BS (Nursing), Johns Hopkins University
  • MA (International Education: Cross Cultural Exchange & Training), New York University
  • PhD (Nursing Science), University of Washington

Awards, accolades and distinguished memberships:

  • K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award, NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (2021-2026)
  • Executive Committee Member, Society of Hospital Medicine Interdisciplinary Rounding Special Interest Group (2020-present)
  • Cohort 9 Scholar, Research in Implementation Science for Equity (RISE) Program (2021-2023)
  • K12 Institutional Career Development Award, University of Washington Implementation Science Program (2018-2021)
  • Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH) (2018)
  • NIH Loan Repayment Award (2017-2019; 2022-2024)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Interprofessional Care (2016-present)

What classes do you teach?

I serve on doctoral committees and advise undergraduate and graduate students with whom I have shared research interests. I also offer team training as part of the ITHS Team Science Core and guest lecture on topics related to teamwork, communication, implementation science, and patient safety.

What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?

I love the enthusiasm for learning, collaboration, and new ideas among our students, faculty, and staff. As someone who grew up in rural Washington State, I also love that the shared focus of our programs is to improve health and health care locally and globally by turning ideas into impact through innovative science, education, and practice/service.

Scholarly work (projects not listed in PubMed, such as books, publications or videos)

Structured Interprofessional Bedside Rounds Onboarding Module and Toolkit:

ITHS Team Science Education and Training Resources:

How are your publications referenced in PubMed?

Abu-Rish Blakeney, E; Blakeney E.L.


My Bibliography in NCBI:


Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics

Research Areas

  • Innovative Interventions
  • Symptom Science
  • Health Equity
  • Lifespan Health

Research Centers

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