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Margaret S. Miles, Professor

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Office: 216

Phone: 919-966-3620

Email: mmiles@email.unc.edu

Specialty Area: Children’s Health

Dr. Margaret S. Miles has been a staff nurse, clinical specialist, educator, and researcher for almost 50. She received her diploma at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, her BSN from Boston College, her MSN in pediatric nursing from the University of Pittsburgh, and her doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

She was one of the first clinical nurse specialist in pediatric nursing where she quickly focused on helping distressed parents of critically ill children and bereaved parents. Her seminal pamphlet on parental grief is still distributed to bereaved parents across the nation. Eventually, she focused her program of research on parents of critically ill children. With colleagues, she pioneered research on the stress of parents when their infant and or child was hospitalized in an intensive care unit and instruments developed from these studies are used around the world. She was one of the first researchers to focus on parents of medically fragile infants. Currently, she is involved in testing a nursing support intervention for rural African American mothers with prematurely-born-infants. Her research career also led to a focus on African American women with HIV and their sero-positive infants and testing interventions to help them improve their self-care management. Her interest in HIV has lead to consultation visits to two African countries. As founding member of the multidisciplinary and internationally known UNC Center for Developmental Science, she has worked to improve the developmental sensitivity of research with children and families. Dr. Miles is known for her strong mentoring of students and faculty across the country. This is particularly evident in her role as research mentor for faculty conducting research through the Center for Innovations in Health Disparities Research.

More information is available at Dr. Miles' UNC Web site.