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Rebecca J. Schultz PH.D., RN, CPNP

Dr. Schultz received her PhD in Nursing Science from Texas Woman’s University in Houston, Texas and her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Galveston, Texas. She is an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Neurology and Developmental Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, Blue Bird Circle Clinic for Pediatric Neurology at Texas Children’s Hospital and Associate Professor at Texas Woman’s University, College of Nursing.

She is a nurse scientist and pediatric nurse practitioner with 30 years’ experience caring for youth with neurological conditions and their families. She was the principal nurse practitioner in the Blue Bird Circle Rett Center from 1988 until 2001 then joined the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at Texas Children’s Hospital where she has directed the ketogenic diet program for the past 17 years and been a principle investigator or co-investigator in 25 research studies. Her research interests include the psycho-social aspects of epilepsy in youth, efficacy and side effects of the ketogenic diet, and the transition of adolescents with epilepsy from pediatric to adult care. She serves as the medical advisor for the Epilepsy Foundation Houston HRSA grant Strategic Approaches to Improving Access to Quality Health Care for Children and Youth with Epilepsy.

Dr. Schultz’s awards include the 2017 American Epilepsy Society Dreifuss Lecturer, the 2017 Nurse Practitioner Excellence in Child Neurology Nurses award, the Excellence in Nursing Practice Award from Sigma Theta Tau in 2014, Texas Nurses Association Outstanding Nurse of 2008 Award, and the Kiffen Penry Top Scholar award in 2003.

Dr. Schultz is actively involved in the American Epilepsy Society where she served as chair of Professionals in Epilepsy Care and served on the Scientific Program Committee and the Student & Resident Education Subcommittee. She is an active member of the National Epilepsy Foundation of America, Professional Advisory Board, and the Child Neurology Foundation, Transition Project Advisory Committee. Additionally, she serves on the American Academy of Neurology Epilepsy Quality Measure Development Work Group, and the Board of Directors of the Association of Child Neurology Nurses.