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Sharolyn Kay Dihigo

Name

[Dihigo, Sharolyn Kay]
  • Clinical Assistant Professor

Biography

Sharolyn K. Dihigo, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC is a Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing and full time faculty for the Doctors of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Programs in the Graduate College of Nursing and Health Innovation. She has been a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (CPNP) since 1996 and has held a joint teaching appointment at UTA since 2001.

 Dr. Dihigo graduated with her master’s degree in 1996 as a Dual Role Masters in Nursing Education and Advanced Nursing Practice (PNP) from UTA, and is also a 2011 Doctor of Nursing Practice graduate from the DNP program at UTA.  She holds an additional certification as a KySS Fellow (Keeping Your Kids Safe and Secure Child and Adolescent Mental Health Fellowship) from the joint effort from National NAPNAP and Arizona State University. 

 Dr. Dihigo has taught in the primary care pediatric nurse practitioner program since 2006 and became full time faculty in the Graduate College of Nursing in 2009.  At that time, she assumed the role of the lead teacher in the primary PNP program.  From 2012-2014, she also assumed the role of the Interim Director of the DNP Program and served as the Director of the DNP Program 2014-2015.  Dr. Dihigo has a great passion for working with students and promotes the PNP and DNP roles with great enthusiasm. She practices as a PNP in a general pediatric practice and uses her specialty knowledge of child and adolescent mental health in the primary care setting. She has presented multiple podium presentations and poster sessions at National, State, and local conferences. 

Dr. Dihigo has been an active member of National NAPNAP, The Greater Texas Chapter of NAPNAP, and Coalition of Nurses for Advanced Practice (CNAP) for almost 20 years.  She is also a member of other Advanced Practice organizations such as TNP, AANP, and NONPF.  Her research interests include colicky infants, use of probiotics in colicky infants, temperamental characteristics in infants and children, adolescent depression, learning disorders including dyslexia and communication disorders, and other mental health issues that affect children and adolescents.

Professional Preparation

    • 2011 D.N.P. The University of Texas Arlington
    • 1996 M.S.N. University of Texas at Arlington
    • 1989 B.S.N. Texas Tech University

Appointments

    • May 2015 to Present Associate Professor, Clinical Nursing
      Univerity of Texas Arlington   University of Texas at Arlington
    • Jan 2013 to May 2015 Clinical Assistant Professor
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • Jan 2002 to Jan 2013 Clinical Instrtuctor
      University of Texas at Arlington

Memberships

  • Professional
    • Aug 1996 to Present National NAPNAP
  • Membership
    • Sept 2010 to Present American Association of Colleges of Nursing
    • Sept 2010 to Present American Association of Nurse Practitioners
    • Aug 1996 to Present The Greater Texas Chapter of NAPNAP

Awards and Honors

    • Aug  2013 2013 Recognized Professor, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society sponsored by Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
      Description:

      Named as a Recognized Professor by a 2013 initiate to UT Arlington's chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kapp Phi, an all-discipline honor society, with over 300 chapters.

Research and Expertise

  • HRSA Interprofessional Education Grant

    Advanced Education Nursing Grants, Department Of Health And Human Services; Health Resources And Services Administration, Interprofessional Education, PROGRAM CFDA:93.247 Award Number: 1 D09HP25036-01-00, Issued: 09/01/2012. $862,532.00. LeFlore, J., L. PI.September 1, 2012 through August 31, 2015.

Publications

      Journal Article 2015
      • Gray, B. P., & Dihigo, S. K. (2015).  Suicide risk assessment in high-risk adolescents. The Nurse
              Practitioner
        , 40(9), 30-7. 

        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

        Journal Article 2014
        • Dihigo, S. K. (2014).  Use of screening tools for depression in adolescents:  An evidenced-base systematic review.  NP Women's Healthcare, 2(2).  Retreived from http://npwomenshealthcare.com/use-of-sscreening-tools-for-depression-vol2-no2/.

          {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

          Film 1998
          • New strategies for the treatment of colic: Modifying the parent/infant interaction,1998.
            {Film} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

          • Journal Article 1998
            • Dihigo, S. K. (1998). Journal of Pediatric Health Care. New strategies for the treatment of colic: Modifying the parent/infant interaction, 12(5), 256-262.
              {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

              Journal Article 1996
              • Winslow, E. & Dihigo, S. K. (1996). American Journal of Nursing. Consoling a colick baby., 6(51).
                {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

Presentations

    • October  2015
      Colicky but Cute

      This session provides a new approach to treating the colicky baby through intense parental education. 

    • September  2015
      The Impact of the DNP: The First Five Years at UTA

      Poster Presentation

    • January  2014
      Probiotic Use in Infants and Children: A Systematic Review

      Poster Presentation at North Texas Nurse Practitioners Conference, Addison, TX, 2014.

    • August  2014
      Primary Care and Recognition of Common Conditions for the School Nurse

      Staff development day for all school nurses in Irving ISD    

    • May  2014
      The APRN Perspective

      Presentation of the APRN Perspective fro the Texas Team

    • September  2014
      Screening for Adolescent Depression in the Primary Care Setting

      Podium Presentation

    • June  2013
      DNP Parity

      Poster Presentation at the AANP National Conference. 

    • March  2013
      Screening for Adolescent Depression in the Primary Care Setting Using the CES-DC

      Poster Presentation at National NAPNAP

    • September  2013
      Screening for Adolescent Depression in the Primary Care Setting Using the CES-DC

      Poster Presentation at the National DNP Conference

  • Past
    •  
      Colicky but Cute: New Strategies for Managing the Colicky Baby
      T. Berry Brazelton Infant Mental Health Conference, Dallas, TX
  • Past
    •  
      The Spirited Child
      Presented to Mother's of Preschoolers, Arlington, TX
  • Past
    •  
      The Difficult Child Support Group
      Arlington, TX
  • Past
    •  
      New Strategies for Managing the Colicky Baby
      Mosby's Perinatal and Pediatric Health Care Conference, Atlantic City, NJ
  • Past
    •  
      Infant Colic
      Invited appearance on "Positively Texas," Channel 11, Fort Worth, TX
  • Past
    •  
      New Strategies for Managing the Colicky Baby
      Pediatric Clinical and Professional Update, Greater Texas Chapter of NAPNAP
  • Past
    •  
      Screening for Adolescent Depression in the Primary Care Setting

      Podium Presentation
       

  • Past
    •  
      Colicky but Cute

      This session provides a new approach to treating the colicky baby through intense parental education. 

Other Research Activities

  • 2015
    • Author.
      • May 2015 Feelings are as important as grades to teenagers. Can schools help?

        Web article reviewing the current state of screening for adolescent depression and the controversary surrounding school involvement. 

      • Sept 2015 Poster Presentations 2015

        Dihigo, S. K. (2015). The Impact of the DNP:  The First Five Years, The National DNP Conference,
                Seattle, WA.

      • Sept 2015 Poster Presentations 2012

        Dihigo, S. K. (2012).  Screening for Adolescent Depression in the Primary Care Setting Using the  CES-DC, The National DNP Conference, St. Louis, MO.

        Dihigo, S.K. & Reed, B. (2012).  DNP Parity. The National DNP Conference, St. Louis, MO.

      • Sept 2015 Poster Presentations 2013

        Dihigo, S. K. (2012).  Screening for Adolescent Depression in the Primary Care Setting Using the  CES-DC, The National DNP Conference, St. Louis, MO.

        Dihigo, S.K. & Reed, B. (2012).  DNP Parity. The National DNP Conference, St. Louis, MO.

  • 2014
    • Author.
      • Sept 2014 Poster Presentations 2014

        Dihigo, S. K. (2014).  Screening for Adolescent Depression in the Primary Care Setting Using the CES-DC, Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners, New Orleans, LA.

        Dihigo, S. K. & Tierney, D. (2014).  Probiotic Use in Infants and Children: A Systematic Review.  North Texas Nurse Practitioners, Addison, TX. 

  • 2013
    • Author.
      • Sept 2013 Poster Presentations 2013

             Dihigo, S.K. & Reed, B. (2013).  DNP Parity. AANP National Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

             Dihigo, S. K. (2013).  Screening for Adolescent Depression in the Primary Care Setting Using the   CES-        DC, National NAPNAP, Orlando, FL.

Courses

      • NURS 5631-001 ADVANCED CLINICAL NURSING PRACTICUM

        Clinical preceptorship in selected health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge, skills, and concepts in a guided, progressive context of advanced nursing practice.  The ratio of credit to clinical hours is 1:4.

        Summer - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • NURS 5631-006 ADVANCED CLINICAL NURSING PRACTICUM

        Clinical preceptorship in selected health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge, skills, and concepts in a guided, progressive context of advanced nursing practice.  The ratio of credit to clinical hours is 1:4.

        Summer - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • NURS 5631-005 Pediatric Advanced Clinical Practicum

        Clinical preceptorship in selected health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge, skills, and concepts in a guided, progressive context of advanced nursing practice.  The ratio of credit to clinical hours is 1:4.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • NURS 5331-001 Pediatric Advanced Clinical Practicum

        Clinical preceptorship in selected health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge, skills, and concepts in a guided, progressive context of advanced nursing practice.  The ratio of credit to clinical hours is 1:4.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • NURS 5442-001 N5442 Primary Care Pediatric Nursing

        Focus is on integration of acquired theoretical concepts and empirical knowledge in the assessment, diagnosis, and management of multiple common acute and stable chronic health problems in children birth to 21 years.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • NURS 6320-001 Leadership in Health Care Systems

        Focuses on leadership and organizational theories and financial principles applicable to the role of the doctor of nursing practice, to promote quality improvement initiatives in a selected practice system.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • NURS 5306-001 Pediatric Management

        Foundations of advanced clinical practice in the primary care of children, birth to 21 years with a family centered approach on growth and development, health promotion and management of common health problems.

      • NURS 5631-009 Pediatric Primary Care Preceptorship

        Clinical preceptorship in selected health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge, skills, and concepts in a guided, progressive context of advanced nursing practice.  The ratio of credit to clinical hours is 1:4.

      • NURS 5331-004 N5331 Pediatric Primary Care Preceptorship

        Clinical preceptorship in selected health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge, skills, and concepts in a guided, progressive context of advanced nursing practice.  The ratio of credit to clinical hours is 1:4.

      • NURS 6382-001 Health Care Policy

        Analyze historical, current, and predicted global, national, state, and local health care policy processes.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • NURS 5306-001 Pediatric Management

        2 Lecture Hours 3 Lab Hours

        Foundations of advanced clinical practice in the primary care of children, birth to 21 years with a family centered approach on growth and development, health promotion and management of common health problems.

        Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

        Analyze the empirical and theoretical knowledge of the unique anatomic structures, physiological and psychological process in the care of the pediatric and adolescent patient. Apply family and developmental theory in the care of the pediatric and adolescent patient. Demonstrate critical thinking and effective communication to assist children and their families in primary prevention to health promotion. Demonstrate knowledge of basic management of the pediatric patient with common acute minor illness and appropriate referral. Implement culturally sensitive care to the pediatric and adolescent patient and family. Use current research in the management of health and illness in the pediatric patient role using research methodologies.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • NURS 5306-001 Pediatric Management
        No Description Provided.
        Summer - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus
      • NURS 5631-012 Pediatric Practicum Primary Care
        No Description Provided.
        Summer - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus
      • NURS 6382-001 Nursing & Health Policy Issues & Analysis
        No Description Provided.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus
      • NURS 5306-001 Pediatric Management
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        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus
      • NURS 5442-001 Primary Pediatrics
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        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2012 Download Syllabus
      • NURS 5306-001 Pediatric Management
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        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2012 Download Syllabus
      • NURS 5306-001 Pediatric Management
        No Description Provided.
        Summer - Regular Academic Session - 2011 Download Syllabus
      • NURS 5631-001 PEDIATRIC ACUTE CARE PRACTICUM
        No Description Provided.
        Summer - Regular Academic Session - 2011 Download Syllabus
      • NURS 5331-001 N5331 Pediatric Practicum
        No Description Provided.
        Summer - Regular Academic Session - 2011 Download Syllabus

Other Service Activities

  • Uncategorized
    • Dec  DNP
      Completion of Doctor of Nursing Practice with a special focus on children with learning disorders and other mental health challenges
    • Dec  KySS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Fellowship
      2010  Currently enrolled in the Kyss Child and Adolescent Fellowship and pursuing a speciality practice focus in pediatric mental health in primary care
    • Dec  Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
      Currently maintaining a clinical practice specialty as a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in primary care