Alissa Scharpen

Member, Engagement Committee

Why you’re on the Engagement Committee

Alissa L. Scharpen is a Parent Partner at the Children’s Hospital Colorado, where she works to bring the family perspective to clinical practice and research.  Ms. Scharpen currently serves on the JFK Partners Advisory Board, which houses the University of Colorado’s Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program.  In addition, she is a MPH Candidate at the Colorado School of Public Health, on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, and has recently co-authored a family perspectives paper on parent engagement that is awaiting approval for publication.

What expertise/point of view you are bringing to the Committee 

Ms. Scharpen joined the PEDSnet Engagement Committee in 2017 to offer her expertise as a mother of four children, two with special health care needs.  She has six years of experience as a Parent Partner on hospital and university advisory boards, steering committees, and research groups.  Before becoming a full-time caregiver to her children, she was a Research Associate in the biotechnology industry performing analytical chemistry and protein purification in R&D.  Ms. Scharpen obtained a BS in Chemistry from George Mason University.