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Eileen K. Kintner
University of Texas Austin

School of Nursing

Dr. Eileen Kae Kintner, Ph.D., B.S.N., R.N.
Associate Professor, Principal Investigator SHARP & CAPS

Dr. Kintner has over 30 years of pediatric and adult clinical settings, and community education research experience working with older school age students, adolescents, and young adults living with asthma. Dr. Kintner is responsible for developing the SHARP Program. Although Dr. Kintner was raised in Michigan, she now lives in Texas.

Dr. Kintner combines qualitative and quantitative research methods, from a life-span development perspective, to increase understanding of the cognitive, behavioral, and psychosocial issues that impact condition severity, quality of life, and use of healthcare services of older school-age children, adolescents, and young adults living with chronic, life-threatening, and terminal conditions.

Although philosophically Dr. Kintner view's herself as a qualitative researcher, the focus of her pre-doctoral training at the University of Arizona was measurement and instrumentation and the focus of her two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan was advanced statistical analysis (structural equation modeling) and intervention-level research.

Dr. Kintner developed, empirically evaluated, and refined the “Adolescent Acceptance of Asthma Model” (AAM). Two qualitative investigations served as the basis for model generation and four quantitative studies served as the basis for the development and testing of the psychometric properties of eight instruments to measure concepts and to determine relationships among the concepts contained in the model.

After completing student, parent, and school personnel needs assessments, and two preliminary pilot intervention studies, Dr. Kintner served as PI of a two-year, NIH-funded R21, intervention-level study designed to evaluate feasibility, benefits, and preliminary efficacy of an innovative school-based academic and counseling program for diverse fifth grade students with asthma and their family caregivers entitled “Staying Healthy-Asthma Responsible & Prepared” (SHARP).

Dr. Kintner currently serves as PI of a five-year, NIH-funded RO1, multi-site, Phase III, randomized control trial entitled “Comparison of Asthma Programs for Schools” (CAPS). The purpose of this study is to evaluate efficacy and impact of a developmentally-appropriate, school-based academic and counseling health education program for diverse fifth grade students with asthma (SHARP) compared to a low-dose control, well-established, non-academic program (OAS). Findings of the CAPS study will guide development of a subsequent translation-level project.