Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellows are recent recipients of a doctorate degree, the most common of which is the PhD. Through a competitive process, a fellow is offered an opportunity to engage with a senior researcher in a research project or to work with a mentor or advisor while pursuing independent research. These fellowships are generally funded through existing research grants or private donors. The goal of these fellowships is to deepen experience and expertise related to research, mentoring and teaching. Postdoctoral fellowships are often considered preparation for an academic career.

As a highly ranked research-intensive university, the University of Wisconsin¬â€“Madison is an ideal environment for postdoctoral research. Our postdoctoral fellows have the opportunity to pursue interprofessional research projects and work alongside world-renowned faculty from the School of Nursing as well as other schools, colleges and centers across campus. Fellows also enjoy full access to expansive university resources that support and enhance their overall growth. They also have the opportunity to join a very active campus Postdoctoral Association.  

Meet Our Postdoctoral Fellows

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Traci R. Snedden PhD, RN, CPNP, CNE
Phone: (608) 263-5246
PhD: University of Colorado
Post-MS Pediatric Nurse Practitioner: University of Colorado, Aurora, CO
MS: Regis University, Denver, CO
BSN: Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI


Postdoctoral Funding: Nurses for Wisconsin Fellowship
Primary Sponsor: Dr. Audrey Tluczek PhD, RN, FAAN
Research Focus: Dr. Snedden focuses her research on concussion in adolescent athletes. She brings to her area of inquiry more than 20 years of clinical experience as a pediatric nurse and pediatric nurse practitioner. Dr. Snedden’s emerging research program focuses on the effects of concussion as they relate to cognitive deficits and resulting academic challenges. Her current studies seek to examine post-concussion discharge instructions after a visit to an emergency department in addition to the overall experience and process of high school athletes (and their parents) as they transition back to sports and academics. The proposed outcomes of this research include standardization of post-concussion discharge education in addition to consistent return-to-learn/return-to-play policies for all adolescents and children across the state of Wisconsin.