Susan Gennaro, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, is a professor at the William F. Connell School of Nursing, and was the school's Dean from July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2021. 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. She is an internationally known perinatal nurse researcher who has helped to change 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, and Sigma Theta Tau International. Dr. Gennaro’s research has been conducted in Malawi and Uganda as well as in the United States. Gennaro has served as a grant reviewer for Sigma Theta Tau International and the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN); she was a member of the permanent study section in nursing at NIH; and she served on the National Advisory Council for NINR from 2012–2016.
Gennaro is currently funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities at NIH to conduct a five-year randomized control study examining an intervention to decrease anxiety, depression, and stress in minority women who are experiencing mental distress. This work continues earlier studies with a research team in Ohio, New York, and Massachusetts.
Currently, Gennaro is the editor of the Journal of Nursing Scholarship, which is the journal of nursing’s honor society Sigma Theta Tau and read in more than 100 countries by more than 130,000 nurses. Aside from being a prolific author herself, she has been involved in the dissemination of nursing research through extensive activities as an editorial board member and manuscript reviewer for 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; Sigma Theta Tau; and the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. She 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 Dr. Gennaro an award in recognition of her service in advancing perinatal education. Additionally, she has received 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. And in 2013 she was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau’s International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.