Cheryl Holly

Cheryl Holly EdD, RN, ANEF

Professor and Co-Director of the Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation, an Inaugural JBI Collaborating Center of Excellence

Cheryl Holly is a professor, senior methodologist, and co-director of the Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation (NEST) at Rutgers School of Nursing. She holds a joint appointment in the School of Public Health (Department of Epidemiology) and New Jersey Medical School (Department of Preventive Medicine and Community).

A collaborating center of excellence with the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) at the University of Adelaide in Australia, NEST works with researchers, clinicians, and managers to help facilitate and coordinate global research, and disseminate results to a wide range of audiences; identify and promote best practices in health care; and develop training and procedure models based on sound research, specifically related to the various methods of systematic review. NEST has received several awards for evidence synthesis and was named a JBI Center of Excellence in 2015. Dr. Holly’s book Comprehensive Systematic Review for Advanced Nursing Practice (co-authored with Susan Salmond) is in its 2nd edition. Both editions have won AJN Book Awards in the advanced nursing practice category.

Dr. Holly represents researchers on a PCORI advisory board on health disparities and health delivery systems. She is a member of the Scientific Methodology Committee for Umbrella Reviews and Rapid Reviews of the Joanna Briggs Institute. She is also Co-Chair of the Education Committee of the American Delirium Society.

For Rutgers, Dr. Holly developed a new grant-funded, fully accredited Doctor of Nursing Practice program — the first of its kind in New Jersey and one of the first nationwide — and served as its first director. The program now has well over 150 students and a rapidly growing list of alumni. She has also worked with Rutgers nursing faculty to redesign the school’s honors program and to integrate it into the RN to BS in Nursing and Second Degree BS in Nursing programs. Under a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, she has integrated concepts of population health into the undergraduate program.

Dr. Holly has extensive experience managing inter-professional, multi-site projects and departments and conducting and teaching systematic review and knowledge translation, particularly meta-analysis for medical and critical care conditions at both schools of nursing and public health. One four-site funded study on knowledge translation incorporated the use of evidence for multiple chronic conditions.

She has developed partnerships with external constituencies to expand programs in evidence-based practice and clinical scholarship. She also mentors doctoral students through their project studies.

Previously, she was an administrator and professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey before its nursing program was merged with that of Rutgers. Her experience also includes senior positions at New York University Medical Center, Westchester (NY) Medical Center, and Columbia University School of Nursing.

Dr. Holly earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Pace University. Her master’s degree in nursing, with a concentration in adult health and physical illness, was earned at Columbia University, as was her doctorate in education, with an emphasis on research and evaluation in curriculum and teaching. She is a fellow of the Academy of Nursing Education and a fellow and distinguished scholar of the National Academies of Practice.
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Recent Publications

  1. Qureshi,R. Jadotte,Y., Zha,P., Porter,S. Watkins, E.,Holly C. (2018). A Systematic Review of the Association between Prenatal Exposure to Environmental Tobacco Smoke and Childhood Obesity. JBISRIR*** August
  2. Holly, C. (June, 2018). Gun safety programs for kids make parents feel safe having guns at home. But they don't work. NBC News Invited Editorial. THINK bn
  3. Holly, C. (May, 2018). Parents are first line of defense in children's gun safety. Invited Editorial. NJ Opinioin/Star Ledger.
  4. Beneson, I., Jadotte,Y. Echevarria, M. Holly, C. (2018). The Need for Care Integration across Hospital Services for Adults with Sickle Cell Disease:Systematic Review. Journal of Integrated Care ***
  5. Holly, C. Porter, S., Kamienski, M. Lim,A.  (2018). The Effectiveness of School-based and Community-based Gun Safety Educational Strategies for Sustained Injury Prevention among Children Aged 3-18 years: A Systematic Review Health Promotion Practices***(in the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric (98 percentile)
  6. Beckford, L. Holly, C. Kirkley, R. ( 2018). The Effectiveness of Education and Training in the Application of Cricoid Pressure: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. AORN Journal***( June, 2018)
  7. Holly C, Porter S. Echevarria, M.Drecker, M., Ruzhaji, S. (2018). Recognizing Delirium in Hospitalized Children: A Systematic Review of Risk Factors and Characteristics of Acute Pediatric Delirium. American Journal of Nursing.*** 118 (4): 24-26,(CE and cover article)
  8. Holly C. (2017). Opportunities and Challenges in a World of Data Abundance. Invited Editorial. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews & Implementation Reports. 15 :11.
  9. Jadotte, YT, Chase, SM, Qureshi, RI, Holly, C, Salmond, S. (2017). The HCAHPS Survey as a Potential Tool for Measuring Organizational Interprofessional Competency at American Hospitals Nationwide: A Content Analysis Study of Concept Validity. Health and Interprofessional Practice 3(2):eP1119. ***




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