Aimee Hildenbrand, PhD

Aimee Hildenbrand, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, an Assistant Research Scientist at the Center for Healthcare Delivery Science at Nemours Children’s Health System, and a pediatric psychologist in the Division of Behavioral Health at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. Dr. Hildenbrand earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Drexel University. She completed pre-doctoral internship/ residency training at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and postdoctoral fellowship training at Nemours. Dr. Hildenbrand’s research program aims to improve delivery of pediatric healthcare to optimize pain management and psychosocial adjustment for youth with chronic illness, with a particular focus on pediatric sickle cell disease and cancer. 
Dr. Hildenbrand's PEDSnet project aims to:

  1. Characterize hydroxyurea implementation processes that contribute to high or low uptake in pediatric sickle cell disease centers across PEDSnet institutions.
  2. Develop a set of multi-level implementation strategies to overcome barriers and enhance facilitators of hydroxyurea uptake 
This project builds on Dr. Hildenbrand’s pilot work examining barriers and facilitators of hydroxyurea uptake at Nemours and will launch a program of research on developing, evaluating, refining, and disseminating effective hydroxyurea implementation strategies, with the goal of reducing this research-to-practice gap and improving outcomes for youth with sickle cell disease.