Vanessa Downing, Ph.D., has been appointed director of the ChristianaCare Center for WorkLife Wellbeing.
In this role, she will lead Center initiatives that optimize meaning, connection and joy in work for all caregivers.
She will guide the strategic development of direct services and interventions that create a culture of wellbeing, while developing the system response to unique stressors facing those working in health care. She will lead the creation of wellbeing programming and guide the team in consultation, peer support, referral and research activities.
Downing earned her doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Maryland at College Park in 2008. She completed her doctoral residency at the University of Delaware and joined ChristianaCare as a cardiac psychologist shortly after, where she split her focus between patient care and developing expertise in the needs of clinicians and caregivers.
In 2014 she helped establish the Care for the Caregiver Peer Support Program and went on to develop pilot projects that contributed to the founding of the Center for WorkLife Wellbeing in 2016.
She has developed various programs and interventions for caregivers, including the OASIS Project and ChristianaCare COMPASS curriculum, and programs like Reflective Rounds for multidisciplinary teams and Ice Cream Rounds for residents and trainees.
Dr. Downing completed the American Psychological Association’s Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology in 2019.
She reports to Chief Wellness Officer Heather Farley, M.D., MHCDS, FACEP.