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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Susan Gennaro, RN, PhD, FAAN

dean and professor

Susan Gennaro, RN, D.S.N., FAAN

Cushing Hall 203E


  • Ph.D. - University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • M.S. - Pace University
  • B.A. - Le Moyne College


Perinatal nursing practice; perinatal education; stress in families with preterm infants; global women’s health


Susan Gennaro RN, Ph.D., FAAN was named dean and professor at the William F. Connell School of Nursing July 1, 2008. Dr. Gennaro was previously the Florence and William Downs professor of nursing research at the College of Nursing, New York University and has also served on the faculty of the schools of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Alabama in Birmingham and Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Gennaro is an internationally known perinatal nurse researcher who has helped changed perinatal nursing practice based on her work on the antecedents and consequences of stress in families with preterm infants. This work has been funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research, the Office of Women’s Health Research, Sigma Theta Tau International. Dr. Gennaro’s research has been conducted in Malawi and Uganda as well as in the United States. Dean Gennaro has served as a grant reviewer for Sigma Theta Tau International, the Association of Women’s Health Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and was a member of the permanent study section in nursing at NIH. She is currently on the National Advisory Council for NINR

Currently, Dean Gennaro is the editor of the Journal of Nursing Scholarship, which is the journal of nursing’s honor society Sigma Theta Tau and which is read in over 100 countries by over 130,000 nurses. Dean Gennaro is herself a prolific author and has been involved in the dissemination of nursing research through extensive activities as an editorial board member and manuscript reviewer the Journal of Nursing Scholarship as well as many other premier research journals. Dr. Gennaro is active as a member of the National Nursing Advisory Committee for the March of Dimes and is also an active member of Sigma Theta Tau, and the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. Dr. Gennaro has won two awards from AWHONN the Outstanding Nurse Researcher award and the highest honor given by AWHONN, the Distinguished Service Award. ASPO/LAMAZE presented Dean Gennaro an award in recognition of her service in advancing perinatal education. Additionally, Dr. Gennaro has also won Distinguished Alumni awards from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and from Pace University. In recognition of her contributions to global women’s health Dr. Gennaro also received the Lenore Rowe Williams Award from the University of Pennsylvania.


  • 2013 - International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, Sigma Theta Tau International
  • 2012-2016 - National Advisory Council Member, National Institute of Nursing Research
  • 2010 - Visionary Leader Award, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • 2009 - Best of Nursing Outlook Award
  • 2007-present - Editor, Journal of Nursing Scholarship

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  • Gennaro, S. (Ed.). (2014). Are we there yet? Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 46(6), 389-390. doi:10.1111/jnu.12111
  • Gennaro, S. (2014). Writing: Ensuring the stars align. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 46(4), 217. doi:10.1111/jnu.12098
  • Gennaro, S. (2014). What do you need to read? Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 46(5), 303. doi:10.1111/jnu.12100
  • Budin, W., Gennaro, S., O Connor, C., & Contratti, F. (2014). Sustainability of improvements in perinatal teamwork and safety climate. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 29(4), 363-370. doi:10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000067
  • Fierz, K., Gennaro, S., Dierickx, K., Van Achterberg, T., Morin, K. H., & De Geest, S. (2014). Scientific misconduct: Also an issue in nursing science? Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 46(4), 271-280. doi:10.1111/jnu.12082

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