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 Jeanne Alhusen

The University of Virginia Medical Center Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean for Research 

University of Virginia School of Nursing

Dr. Jeanne Alhusen is a Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. Dr. Alhusen earned her BSN from Villanova University, an MSN from Duke University, and a PhD from Johns Hopkins University. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her research is focused on mental health and intimate partner violence during the perinatal period, with a particular focus on persons with disabilities. As a family nurse practitioner, she brings extensive clinical expertise and is committed to understanding the barriers health care providers encounter in screening and intervening on these risks to develop interventions that eliminate disparities in maternal-child health outcomes.


Her research has helped inform federal guidelines, including the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations on screening for intimate partner violence and preventing perinatal depression as well as MCH evidence, a consortium of national maternal-child health leaders that inform Title V program initiatives as well as developing State Action Plans. She is a leader in the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal nurses, recently re-elected to serve a second three-year term on their National Board of Directors. Dr. Alhusen is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and currently serves as co-chair of the Violence & Trauma Expert panel. Her research has been funded by many agencies including NIH, HRSA, and multiple foundations. Her team recently earned a 2.5-million-dollar grant from NICHD to study the effects of mental health and violence on birth outcomes among pregnant and birthing persons with disabilities.

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