Suzanne Thoyre, PhD, RN, FAAN

Frances Hill Fox Distinguished Term Professor

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Campus Box #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Suzanne Thoyre, RN, PhD is a Professor of the School of Nursing. Her nursing research and clinical interests are in the area of development, taking both a physiological and behavioral approach to understanding the feeding problems of preterm infants. She has experience in the use of physiological measures (data collection and analysis), which include pulse oximetry, EKG recording, plethysmography, capnography, sucking, and swallowing. In addition she has experience in the collection and analysis of observational data, which include behavioral coding using computer programs such as Observer. Her area of consultation is in the area of observational methods and integration of physiologic and behavioral measures.

Student Opportunities

I offer an apprenticeship style of mentoring for doctoral students interested in pediatric feeding. Our lab focuses on physiologic data collection during infant feeding measuring sucking, swallowing, breathing, oxygenation, and heart rhythm; observational data collection and coding of infant and feeder behavior; measurement of young child feeding behaviors; and family management of pediatric feeding problems. If you are interested in working with us in these topic areas please contact Dr. Suzanne Thoyre at

Current Funded Studies:

  • International Collaborator Representing the United States. Tailored care for optimizing the development of preterm infants: Enhancing the expertise of care professionals. Netherlands RAAK-International (Regional Attention and Action for Knowledge Circulation), Luinge (PI), 7/2012-7/2015.
  • Co-Director. Pre- and Post-Doctoral Training Program. Interventions for preventing and managing chronic illness. NIH, NINR, Santacroce (PI), T32 NR070901 9/1/01-8/31/16.