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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Research Team

mechanisms underlying preterm birth in minority women

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Susan Gennaro, RN, Ph.D., FAAN is dean and professor of the William F. Connell School of Nursing at Boston College. Dean Gennaro has served on the nursing faculty at New York University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Alabama, and the Medical University of South Carolina. An internationally known perinatal nurse researcher, Dean Gennaro's work has been funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research, the Office of Women's Health Research and Sigma Theta Tau International.

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R. Jeanne Ruiz, Ph.D., WHNP-BC is a research associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, the institution where she earned her B.S. in nursing. Dr. Ruiz earned her MS from Texas Woman’s University and her Ph.D. from UTHSC San Antonio, with a focus on preterm birth. Dr. Ruiz’s research on preterm birth among Hispanic American women has been funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Anne Marie Gibeau

Anne Marie Gibeau, CNM, PhD is the Midwifery Practice Director, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, at Jacobi Medical Center, Bronx, NY. Dr. Gibeau, in addition to her work in clinical practice and administration, has served as a clinical training specialist for the Midwifery Education Program at the College of Nursing, New York University. Dr. Gibeau earned her MSN from the School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania and PhD from the College of Nursing, New York University.

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Caitlin O’Connor, RN, MSN, CPNP is the Project Manager for the Mechanisms Underlying Preterm Labor in Minority Women Study and the COPE Pilot for Pregnant Hispanic Women. Caitlin earned her BSN from Fairfield University and her MSN from Boston College where she specialized as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.  Caitlin previously worked at Dana Faber Cancer Institute on a NINR funded socio-behavioral study before joining the Connell School of Nursing as a Research Associate.