Barbara Reyna teaches neonatology in the School's two newest graduate tracks: the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) and the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Acute Care (PNP-AC) tracks, established in 2016, which enrolled its first cadre of students in fall of 2017.

Dr. Reyna -- who has worked in some of the state's best NICUs since 1982 -- has taught since 1995, and conducted research with noted neonatal scholar Rita Pickler for more than a decade. She was a co-investigator on two National Institutes of Health R01 grants examining feeding readiness among preterm infants. In addition to teaching, she continues her clinical practice in Richmond.

A member of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses, the National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, the Central Virginia Association of Neonatal Nurses and on the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science since 2010, Dr. Reyna earned her BSN from Binghamton, an NNP certificate from West Virginia University, and completed her MSN and PhD at VCU. A member of Sigma Theta Tau for more than 20 years, she was recognized with the 'Outstanding Nurse Alumnus Award' by VCU and was a finalist for the March of Dimes 'Nurse of the Year Award' in 2015.


Journal Articles

Cartegena, D., McGrath, J. M., Reyna, B., Parker, L. A., & McInnis, J. (2022). Strategies to improve mother's own milk expression in Black and Hispanic mothers of premature infants. Advances in Neonatal Care, 22(1), 59-68.

Reyna, B.A. (2021). The ripple effect of a pandemic on the parent-infant dyad. Neonatal Network, 40(2), 117-120.

Snapp, B., & Reyna, B. (2019). Role of the neonatal nurse practitioner in the community hospital. Advances in Neonatal Care, 19(5), 402-408.

Reyna, B. A, & Brown, L. F. (2017). Interruptions in care during bottle feeding of infants in the newborn intensive care unit [Abstract]. Advances in Neonatal Care, 17(3), E18.

Pickler, R.H., Reyna, B.A., Wetzel, P., & Lewis, M. (2015). Effect of four approaches to oral feeding progression on clinical outcomes in preterm infants. Nursing Research and Practice, 25, 1-7.

Brown, L.P., Griffin, J., Reyna, B., & Lewis, M. (2013). The development of a mother’s internal working model of feeding. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 18(1), 54-64.

Pickler, R.H., McGrath, J.M., Reyna, B.A., McCain, N., Lewis, M., Cone, S., Wetzel, P., & Best, A. (2013). A model of neurodevelopmental risk and protection for preterm infants. Advances in Neonatal Care, 13, S11-20.

Reyna, B.A., Brown, L.F., Pickler, R.H., Myers, B.J., & Younger, J.B. (2012). Mother-infant synchrony during infant feeding. Infant Behavior and Development, 35(4), 669-77.

Pickler, R.H., Reyna, B.A., Griffin, J.B., Lewis, M., & Thompson, A.M. (2012). Changes in oral feeding in preterm infants 2 weeks after hospital discharge. Newborn & Infant Nursing Reviews, 12(4), 202-206.

Book Sections

Reyna, B. A., Cistone, N., & Pickler, R. H. (2023). Beyond the NICU: Measurable outcomes of developmental care. In C. Kenner & J.M. McGrath (Eds.), Developmental care of newborns & infants (3rd ed., pp. 338-349). National Association of Neonatal Nurses.

Columns, Editorials and Op-Eds

Reyna, B. (2021, ). News from ANN’s Executive Committee: Respectful maternity care. Neonatal Network, 40(5), 348-349.