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Mary T. Paterno

Assistant Professor

I am interested in innovative community and clinical solutions to improve perinatal, postpartum, and contraceptive care for vulnerable women. My goal is to promote healthy and supportive experiences that will lead to positive family building and successful transition to the mothering role. As a certified nurse-midwife, my research is enhanced by my extensive clinical experience in reproductive health.

Current Research

I am currently conducting a pilot study to test the feasibility of using digital storytelling as an intervention to promote hope and recovery among rural women with substance use disorder in pregnancy, as part of a nurse-led, community-based model of care. I am also developing a pilot study to test the feasibility and acceptability of using a wearable personal health monitoring device to improve sleep self-management among pregnant women in the third trimester.

Academic Background

  • BS, Nursing - Johns Hopkins University
  • BMus - Boston Univeristy
  • MSN, Nursing - Johns Hopkins University
  • Graduate Certificate, Nurse-Midwifery - Shenandoah University
  • PhD, Nursing - Johns Hopkins University
Paterno, M. T., Jablonski, L., Klepacki, A., & Friedmann, P. (2019). Evaluation of a nurse-led program for rural, pregnant women with opioid use disorder to improve maternal-neonatal outcomes. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing. Manuscript accepted for publication.
Paterno, M. T., Leckenby, D., & Pachucki, M. C. Challenges and lessons learned from digital storytelling with parenting women in recovery. Manuscript in review.
Hawkins, M., Iradukunda, F., & Paterno, M. T. (2019). A randomized controlled pilot study of a sleep self-management intervention in pregnancy using a personalized health-monitoring device: Rationale and protocol. JMIR Research Protocols. Manuscript accepted for publication.
Attanasio, L., & Paterno, M. T. (2019). Correlates of trial of labor and vaginal birth after cesarean in the US. Journal of Women’s Health. Advance online publication. doi:10.1089/jwh.2018.7270
Paterno, M. T., Low, M., Gubrium, A., & Sanger, K. (2018). Mothers and mentors: Exploring perinatal addiction and recovery through digital storytelling. Qualitative Health Research. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/1049732318777474
Paterno, M. T., Draughon Moret, J., Paskausky, A., & Campbell, J. C. (2018). Exploring reproductive coercion in relationship contexts among young adult, primarily African American women at three women’s health clinics. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0886260518756116.
Paterno, M. T., Fiddian-Green, A., & Gubrium, A. (2018). Moms Supporting Moms: Digital storytelling with peer mentors in recoveryfrom substance use. Health Promotion Practice, 19(6), 823-832. doi:10.1177/1524839917750816
Paterno, M. T., Hayat, M. J., Wenzel, J., & Campbell, J. C. (2017) A mixed methods study of contraceptive effectiveness in a relationship context among young adult, primarily low-income African American women. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 4(2), 184-194. doi:10.1007/s40615-016-0217-0
Paterno, M. T., McElroy, K, & Regan, M. (2016). Electronic fetal monitoring and cesarean birth: A scoping review. Birth, 43(4), 277-284. doi:10.1111/birt.12247
Paterno, M. T., & Draughon, J. E. (2016) Screening for intimate partner violence. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 61(3), 370-375. doi:10.1111/jmwh.12443
Contact Info

School of Nursing
Skinner Hall
651 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003-9292

(413) 545-1243