PhD, Johns Hopkins University; MS, BSN, Miami University

Research Interests

Cardiovascular disease; childhood obesity; quality of life; research instrument development; psychometrics


Dr. Coombs is the senior vice president of Spectrum Clinical Research Inc., a clinical trial management organization in Baltimore, Md. She has 22 years of pharmaceutical and device trial experience and has served as investigator/coordinator on more than 100 clinical trials. Her clinical background is cardiology and critical care. She has taught undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral nursing students through distance education since 2005. Dr. Coombs has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles on cardiovascular topics and has served in leadership positions with the American Heart Association, the Cardiovascular Nursing Council, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and the American Red Cross.