Elaine Stashinko

Elaine Stashinko


Elaine Stashinko’s clinical practice and research focus on child health nursing, particularly the epidemiology of brain injury, health-related quality of life, and treatment of movement disorders in children with cerebral palsy.

As part of the Carter Center for Brain Research in Holoprosencephaly and Related Malformations, she collaborated with a national network of researchers studying holoprosencephaly (HPE), a rare brain malformation, and one of the causes of cerebral palsy. This included identification of genetic and environmental risk factors, neuroimaging characteristics, and clinical management of children with HPE. Dr. Stashinko is a member of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine.

Dr. Stashinko, who has experience teaching in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, previously worked in the Neurology Department at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and as director of nursing research at the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Dr. Stashinko also has served for nearly a decade on the Johns Hopkins Medicine Institutional Review Boards and has specific expertise in research administration and federal and institutional human subjects research regulatory requirements. She is co-chair of the SON Project Ethical Review Committee (PERC) and meets with DNP students preparing their scholarly projects for PERC submissions.

Specialties and Expertise
  • Disabilities
  • Disparities
  • Ethics
  • Genetics
  • Health Behavior
  • Neurology/Neurobiology
  • Pain/Symptom Management
  • Pediatrics
  • Quality Improvement
  • Quantitative Research Methods/Statistics
  • Research Design
  • Self-Care
  • Social Determinants of Health