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Jennifer Sonney PhD, ARNP, PPCNP-BC, FAANP

Assistant Professor
Co-Lead, Advanced Practice Pediatric Nursing Tracks
Endowed Faculty Fellow in Symptom Science
Core Faculty, UW Pediatric Pulmonary Center
Associate Editor, Families, Systems, & Health journal
Dr. Sonney is a scientist-clinician dedicated to improving the health of children with chronic health conditions. Her program of research spans the spectrum of theoretical modeling, descriptive, and now intervention and mechanistic work. She aims to improve the outcomes of children with asthma by reducing symptom burden and establishing lifelong self-management skills.

My program of research is dedicated to improving the health of children with chronic conditions, with a particular emphasis on children with asthma.  As a scientist-clinician, I draw upon my experience as a primary care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner to inform novel approaches to improving asthma outcomes in children by reducing symptom burden and establishing lifelong self-management skills.  Presently, the foci of my scholarly work are determining the cognitive capacity of a child to assume asthma management responsibility and developing and testing family-centered health technologies to support parent-child shared asthma management.  I use a variety of approaches in my interdisciplinary research, including human-centered design, family informatics, behavior change theory, and dyadic methodology.  I also serve on the Executive Committee of my professional organization, the National Association for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.


  • BSN, University of Washington, 2003
  • MSN, University of Washington, 2006
  • PhD, University of Arizona, 2015

Awards, accolades and distinguished memberships:

  • Fellow, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP)
  • Endowed Faculty Fellow in Symptom Science, 2020-2025
  • ITHS KL2 Scholar 2019-2022

What classes do you teach?

  • NCLIN 502 Pediatric Diagnostic Health Assessment
  • NURS 518 Child Management I: Acute Conditions
  • NURS 517 Pediatric Pulmonary Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology: Clinical Applications
  • NSG 566 Pediatric Pharmacology
  • Advanced Clinical Practicum
  • NMETH 801 DNP Final Project Planning

What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?

I completed my BSN and MN programs at the UW School of Nursing, and am thrilled to contribute now as a faculty member. We are so fortunate to be surrounded by a skilled and diverse faculty who offer the very best in clinical excellence, scholarship, and service to their profession and community.


Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing

Research Areas

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

Research Centers

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