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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., 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., Hayat, M. H, Wenzel, J., & Campbell, J. C. (2016) 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. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s40615-016-0217-0
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
Draughon, J. E., Lucea, M. B., Campbell, J. C., Paterno, M. T., Bertrand, D. R., Sharps, P. W., . . . Stockman, J. K. (2015). Impact of intimate partner forced sex on HIV risk factors in physically abused African American and African Caribbean women. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 17(5), 1313-1321.
Paterno, M. T., & Han, H. (2014). Development and psychometric testing of the attitude toward potential pregnancy scale. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 43(6), 710-718.
 
Contact Info

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

(413) 545-1243
mtpaterno@umass.edu

www.umass.edu/nursing/faculty-staff/faculty/mary-paterno