Dr. Crego is a registered nurse whose clinical experiences include psychiatric, adult trauma, adult critical care, pediatric intensive care, pediatric critical care transport, and pediatric cardiac intensive care nursing. Dr. Crego earned her BSN and her MSN in Nursing Administration at Barry University (Miami, FL), and she earned her PhD in Nursing at the University of Virginia. She came to the Duke University School of Nursing from the School of Nursing and Health Studies at Georgetown University, where she coordinated undergraduate courses and lectured on topics such as leadership, quality and transition to professional practice as well as care of infants and children.
Her program of research concerns health disparities and understanding factors within the health care system that effect the quality and safety of care in acute and chronically ill people. She has expertise in the use of secondary data and has worked with and analyzed a number of these, including utilization, cost, clinical, registry and repository data. She has also disseminated knowledge about strategies in understanding and using secondary data methods to study clinical and administrative questions in nursing. Most recently her research focus is on Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) pain and understanding health system factors that perpetuate health inequities in people with Sickle Cell Disease.