Jennifer Disabato, DNP, CPNP-PC,AC
Associate Professor, Pediatrics-Neurology

Graduate Schools :
  • DNP, University of Colorado Denver (2012)
  • MS, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (1986)
Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-Neurology

Professional Titles

  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Neurology/Epilepsy
  • Associate Professor, College of Nursing
  • Co-Director, ImPACT (Improving Pediatric to Adult Care Transition) Program

Recognition & Awards

  • Pathfinder Award, University of Colorado College of Nursing Alumni Association (2022)
    A prestigious award given annually for extraordinary contributions to the field of nursing specific to initiating new pathways and programs. Recognized as the inaugural specialty director for the CU College of Nursing AC PNP program, and a leader and co-director of the new ImPACT (Improving Pediatric to Adult Care Transition) Program at CHCO.

Research Interests

My research interests are centered on Pediatric to Adult Healthcare Transition, specifically nursing roles in health care transition planning (developed and validated the NR-HCTP (Nursing Roles in Health Care Transition Planning).and in system-wide approaches to improving care for adolescents and young adults and their families across the continuum from pediatric to adult care. Specific to patients with pediatric complex epilepsy, care models for a warm handoff between care settings, optimizing the Advanced Practice Provider role are a focus of interest.


  • Associate Professor (2012)
    College of Nursing, College of Nursing
    Pediatric to Adult Health Care Transition, for children with chronic conditions Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program teaching and advising Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Education


  • Mannino, J. E., Disabato, J. A., Betz, C. L., Hudson, S. M., & Marner, V. A. (2022). Health Care Transition Planning: Educational Needs of Pediatric Nurses and Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.  Journal of pediatric health care, 36(4), e6–e16.
  • Betz, C. L., Mannino, J. E., Disabato, J. A., & Marner, V. (2022). Health care transition planning: A potpourri of perspectives from nurses. Journal for specialists in pediatric nursing, 27(3), e12373.
  • Betz CL, Mannino JE, Disabato JA. Survey of US pediatric nurses' role in health care transition planning: Focus on assessment of self-management abilities of youth and young adults with long-term conditions. J Child Health Care. 2021 Sep;25(3):468-480. PubMed PMID: 32870717
  • Lestishock L, Nova S, Disabato J. Improving Adolescent and Young Adult Engagement in the Process of Transitioning to Adult Care. J Adolesc Health. 2021 Sep;69(3):424-431. PubMed PMID: 33762131
  • 11. Disabato, J (2021). Transition to Adulthood. In B. Bolick, K. Reuter-Rice, M. Madden & P. Severin (Eds.), Pediatric Acute Care: A Guide for Interprofessional Practice (2nd Ed.) (p. 61-62). St. Louis: Elsevier.
  • 12. Lestishock, L., Disabato, J., Moriarty-Daley, A., Cuomo, C., Seeley, A., & Chouteau, W. (2020). NAPNAP position statement on supporting the transition from pediatric to adult focused health care. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 34(4), 390-394. DOI:
  • 9. Armstrong, G., Disabato, J., Harpin, S. Paxton, K. & Rosenthal, L. (2020). Leading with Quality Metrics. In G. Armstrong & S. Sables-Baus (Eds.), Leadership and Systems Improvement for the DNP (pp 109-132). New York: Springer Publishing Company LLC.
  • 10. Disabato, J (2020). How to Develop a DNP Project Using an Evidence Based Approach. In G. Armstrong & S. Sables-Baus (Eds). Leadership and Systems Improvement for the DNP (pp 251-276). New York: Springer Publishing Company LLC.
  • Disabato JA, Mannino JE, Betz CL. Pediatric Nurses' Role in Health Care Transition Planning: National Survey Findings and Practice Implications. J Pediatr Nurs. 2019 Nov-Dec;49:60-66. PubMed PMID: 31494347
  • Mannino JE, Disabato JA, Betz CL. The Development and Content Validation of a Self-reported Instrument to Explore the Nurse's Role in Healthcare Transition Planning for Youth and Young Adults With Chronic Illness and/or Disability (NR-HCTP). J Pediatr Nurs. 2018 Nov-Dec;43:56-61. PubMed PMID: 30473157
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Professional Memberships

  • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), Member
  • American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, Member
  • Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society for Nurses, Member
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Member

Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado

Specialty Information

  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care, Board Certification (2007)
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care, Board Certification (1990)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Brain and Nervous System - Epilepsy
  • Brain and Nervous System

General Information

Graduate Schools:
  • DNP, University of Colorado Denver (2012)
  • MS, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (1986)
Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-Neurology
Contact Us
CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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