Marissa is a PhD Candidate at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She received her MSN at Vanderbilt University in August 2008 and was certified as a primary care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in 2008. She has worked as a pediatric nurse practitioner for 12 years in Cleveland and Chattanooga, TN, including newborn nursery, acute care, and urgent care. Her dissertation research is a study of South Appalachian mothers’ stories of bed-sharing with their infants. Marissa is interested in the care of the infant and young child, especially ways to reduce exposure to adverse childhood experiences and bolster resilience. She is also interested in the use of narrative to understand patient experiences and restructure lives. Marissa teaches undergraduate and graduate pediatrics and is a fellow in the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) and member of the Childbirth and Postpartum Association (CAPPA), Society of Pediatric Nurses (SPN), National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN), Tennessee Nurses Association, and the American Nurses Association.