Two things give Professor Flick passion; guiding students who are inquisitive and committed to serving others, and the intellectual puzzle of research. She said she’s at her best as a teacher when she’s working one-on-one with students—drawing out their observations and ideas, helping them learn principles or skills to enhance those ideas, and showing students how to be effective agents of change, whether through nursing practice or research that advances knowledge.
Professor Flick became an educator because “I absolutely fell in love with the whole process of research and knowledge development. Research drew me into an academic career and teaching. I enjoy them both immensely.”
She mentors other School of Nursing faculty members as they develop their research and manuscripts. “Becoming a successful researcher is a group endeavor,” she said. Professor Flick is working to surround the School of Nursing faculty with a culture of sharing and support.
She is involved in the National Children’s Health Study, the biggest epidemiologic study of children ever conducted in this country. The study is a massive epidemiologic investigation to examine the effects of environmental exposures on the health and development of 100,000 children across the country.
“Results from the National Children’s Study will change how we understand the cause and prevention of disease, and form the basis of child health guidance, interventions and policy for generations to come,” she said.