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About Martha Driessnack

Martha Driessnack is an Assistant Professor in the Parent, Child, & Family Area at the College of Nursing. Her BSN education is from The Ohio State University, her MSN and PNP education is from Yale University, and her PhD is from Oregon Health & Sciences University. She also completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in clinical genetics at the University of Iowa.
Martha has more than 25 years of clinical experience working with children across many different sub-specialties and health care settings. Her program of research focuses on the development of child-directed, child-friendly approaches to interviewing children in both the research and clinical setting. This program is supported by her background in art therapy and includes the development of the ‘draw and tell conversation’ a method of integrating drawing into the interview process with children. Her current research focus is on what children know about genetics and how they come to know it.
Post-doctoral Fellowship, Clinical Genetics, The University of Iowa
PhD, Family Nursing, Oregon Health & Sciences University
MSN, Pediatric Nursing, Yale University
BSN, Nursing, The Ohio State University


Present Associate Professor, Oregon Health and Science University

Curriculum Vitae


Research Interests

Researching children’s perspectives, Art-based assessment and intervention methods, Impact of lay beliefs on health behavior, and Genetic literacy

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Contact Information

Oregon Health & Science University
School of Nursing
3455 SW US Veterans Hospital Road
Portland, OR 97239


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