Hayley Estrem: PhD, MSN, RN, Assistant Professor

Hayley EstremA registered nurse since 2002, Dr. Hayley Estrem’s primary research interests are to improve family-centered care for children with feeding problems and/or developmental disabilities. Estrem earned her MSN-NE from Duke University in 2009 and her PhD in 2015 from UNC-Chapel Hill. Her research interests combine measure development, multi-method integration, and family-centered care for infants and children with special health care needs. Her dissertation consisted of three studies: the concept of feeding problems as available in the literature, how parents perceive the concept of feeding problems and a description of how families manage caring for children pediatric feeding disorder.

Since 2009, Estrem been a member of the Feeding Flock, an interdisciplinary research team with a mission to partner with families to nurture young children with feeding difficulties. With the Feeding Flock team, she develops psychometrically sound measures. These measures are essential building blocks for a foundation of evidence-based and patient and family-centered care for children with pediatric feeding disorder. 


  • 2016-2018, NICHD T32 Postdoctoral Training Fellow, Carolina Consortium on Human Development
  • 2015-2016, Postdoctoral Training, Duke University School of Nursing
  • 2015, PhD Nursing, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing with 2009-2011 NINR T32 Predoctoral Fellowship
  • 2009, MSN-NE, Duke University School of Nursing
  • 2002, BSN, Truman State University

Research Interests

  • Family Research
  • Measure Development
  • Mixed Methods
  • Family Management of Pediatric Feeding

Community Engagement

  • Feeding Matters, Research Pillar Chair
  • International Family Nursing Association
  • International Pediatric Association of Feeding & Swallowing
  • North Carolina Infant/Young Child Mental Health Association (NCIMHA)
  • Sigma Theta Tau
  • Southern Nursing Research Society

View Hayley Estrem's Curriculum Vitae