Jeanne Alhusen, PhD, CRNP, RN -- associate professor and assistant dean of research -- earned her BSN from Villanova University, her MSN from Duke University, and her PhD from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Alhusen completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Medicine in 2013. As a board-certified advanced practice family nurse practitioner, she brings extensive professional nursing experience with a particular interest in the health disparities in maternal and child health.
Dr. Alhusen’s research is focused on improving maternal mental health and, consequently, improving early childhood outcomes, particularly for families living in poverty. She is PI on a HRSA grant examining infant outcomes in mothers experiencing perinatal intimate partner violence. She received a K23 from NINR which is focused on understanding the biological and psychological underpinnings of maternal attachment and maternal depression. Additionally, she has current research support from AWHONN, the American Nurses Foundation, and Fahs-Beck to test an intervention incorporating self-management support for perinatal depression, and its influence on infant outcomes.
Honors and Awards
- Johns Hopkins Nursing Faculty Shining Star Award (2015)
- American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) Didactic Faculty Teaching Award (2015)
- Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award (2015)
- Southern Nursing Research Society Early Science Investigator Award (2015)
- College of Nursing’s Award for Emerging Scholar, Villanova University (2014)
- New Nursing Faculty Fellowship Program, Maryland Higher Education Commission (2013)
- Child Intervention, Prevention, and Services Selected Fellow, NIMH Division of Services and Intervention Research (2012)
- Translational Science 2012: Improving Health Through Research and Training Scholars Abstract Award (2012)
- The Honorable Ruth D. Vogel Professional Development Award, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions (2012)
Research FocusImproving maternal mental health and its consequent influence on early childhood outcomes, particularly among families living in poverty
- Risks and protective factors for unintended pregnancy in women with disabilities, Principal Investigator, NICHD, R21HD086471 (5/20/16 - 4/30/18)
- Biological underpinnings of maternal attachment in high risk populations, Principal Investigator, NINR, K23NR015810 (7/01/15 – 6/30/18)
- Improving maternal-child interaction through a perinatal depression intervention, Principal Investigator, Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation (2015 – 2017)
- A population-based examination of intimate partner violence in the perinatal period and adverse neonatal outcomes, Principal Investigator, HRSA R40MC28309 (4/1/15 – 3/31/16)
- Group-based intervention for perinatal depression in low-income mothers, Principal Investigator, American Nurses Foundation (2016 – 2017)
- Tailored self-management intervention promoting resilience in perinatal depression, Principal Investigator, 2015 March of Dimes Margaret Comerford Freda “Saving Babies, Together” Award (2015 – 2016)
- Effectiveness of a safety intervention for dating violence, Co-Investigator, NICHD R01HD076881 (2014 – 2019)
- Perinatal Nurse Home Visiting Enhanced with mHealth Technology, Co-Investigator, NINR R01 HD071771 (2011 – 2016)
Clinical FocusMaternal and child health, mental health, public health
News and TV
Liu, X., Logan, J., & Alhusen, J. (2020). Cardiovascular risk and outcomes in women who have experienced intimate partner violence: An integrative review. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 35(4), 400-414. doi:10.1097/JCN.0000000000000654
Alhusen, J., Bloom, T., Anderson, J., & Hughes, R. (2020). Intimate partner violence, reproductive coercion, and unintended pregnancy in women with disabilities. Disability and Health Journal, 13(2), 100840-100849.
Foronda, C., Jawid, M., Alhusen, J., Muheriwa, S., Ramunas, M., & Hooshmand, M. (2020). Healthcare providers' experiences with gaps, barriers, and facilitators faced by family caregivers of children with respiratory diseases. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 52, 49-53.
Choi, K., Records, K., Low, L.K., Alhusen, J., Kenner, C., Bloch, J., Premji, S., Hannan, J., Anderson, C., Yeo, S., & Logsdon, M. (2020). Promotion of maternal-infant mental health and trauma-informed care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing, 49(4), 409-415.
Dreisbach, C., Prescott, S., & Alhusen, J. (2020). Influence of maternal prepregnancy obesity and excessive gestational weight gain on maternal and child gastrointestinal microbiome composition: A systematic review. Biological Research for Nursing, 22(1), 114-125. doi:10.1177/1099800419880615
Sabri, B., Warren, N., Kaufman, M. R., Coe, W. H., Alhusen, J. L., Cascante, A., & Campbell, J. C. (2019). Unwanted sexual experiences in university settings: Survivors' perspectives on effective prevention and intervention strategies. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 28(9), 1021-1037. doi:10.1080/10926771.2018.1481901
Samankasikorn, W., Alhusen, J., Yan, G., Schminkey, D., & Bullock, L. (2019). Relationships of reproductive coercion and intimate partner violence to unintended pregnancy. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 48(1), 50-58. doi:10.1016/j.jogn.2018.09.009
Kelsey, C., Dreisbach, C., Alhusen, J., & Grossman, T. (2019). A primer on investigating the role of the microbiome in brain and cognitive development. Developmental Psychobiology, 61(3), 341-349.
Alhusen, J., Geller, R., Jellig, J., Budhathoki, C., & Decker, M. (2018). Intimate partner violence, small for gestational age birth and cigarette smoking in the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System. Journal of Women’s Health, 27, 458-465. doi:10.1089/jwh.2017.6322
Mosher, W., Hughes, R., Bloom, T., Horton, L., Mojtabai, R. & Alhusen, J. (2018). Contraceptive use by disability status: new national estimates from the National Survey of Family Growth. Contraception, 97, 552-558. doi:10.1016/j.contraception.2018.03.031.
Bower, K.M., Geller, R.J., Perrin, N.A., & Alhusen, J. (2018). Experiences of racism and preterm birth: Findings from pregnancy risk assessment monitoring system, 2004 through 2012. Women’s Health Issues, 28(1), 495-501. doi:10.1016/j.whi.2018.06.002
Alhusen, J., Norris-Shortle, C., Cosgrove, K., & Marks, L. (2017). “I’m opening my arms rather than pushing away:” Perceived benefits of a mindfulness-based intervention among homeless women and young children. Infant Mental Health Journal, 38, 434-442. doi:10.1002/imhj.21641
Bloom, T., Mosher, W., Alhusen, J., Lantos, H., & Hughes, R. (2017). Fertility desires and intentions among U.S. women by disability status: Findings from the 2011-2013 national survey of family growth. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 21(8), 1606-1615. doi:10.1007/s10995-016-2250-3
Mosher, W., Bloom, T., Hughes, R., Horton, L., Mojtabai, R., & Alhusen, J. (2017). Disparities in receipt of family planning services by disability status: New estimates from the National Survey of Family Growth. Disability and Health Journal, 10, 394-399. doi:10.1016/j.dhjo.2017.03.014
Epstein, E., Arechiga, J., Dancy, M., Simon, J., Wilson, D. & Alhusen, J. (2017). Integrative review of technology to support communication with parents of infants in the NICU. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing, 46(3), 357-366. doi:10.1016/j.jogn.2016.11.019
Alhusen, J. L., Geller, R., Dreisbach, C., Constantoulakis, L., & Siega-Riz, A. M. (2017). Intimate partner violence and gestational weight gain in a population-based sample of perinatal women. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing, 43(3), 390-402. doi:10.1016/j.jogn.2016.12.003
Alhusen, J., Bower, K., Epstein, E., & Sharps, P. (2016). Racial discrimination and adverse birth outcomes: An integrative review. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 61(6), 707-720. doi:10.1111/jmwh.12490
Sharps, P.W., Bullock, L.F., Campbell, J.C., Alhusen, J.L., Ghazarian, S.R., Bhandari, S.S., & Schminkey, D.L. (2016). Domestic Violence Enhanced Perinatal Home Visits: The DOVE randomized clinical trial. Journal of Women’s Health, 25(11), 1129-1138. doi:10.1089/jwh.2015.5547
Alhusen, J., Ayres, L., & DePriest, K. (2016). Effects of maternal mental health on engagement in favorable health practices during pregnancy. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 61(2), 210-216. doi:10.1111/jmwh.12407
Alhusen, J.L., & Alvarez, C. (2016). Perinatal depression: A clinical update. The Nurse Practitioner, 41(5), 50-55. doi:10.1097/01.NPR.0000480589.09290.3e
Ray, E. & Alhusen, J. (2016). The suspected macrosomic fetus at term: A clinical dilemma. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 61, 263-269. doi:10.1111/jmwh.12414
Foronda, C. & Alhusen, J. (2016). Lessons learned from an international, multisite simulation research study. Nurse Educator, 41(4), 199-203. doi:10.1097/nne.0000000000000242
Alhusen, J.L., Bloom, T., Clough, A., & Glass, N. (2015). Development of the MyPlan safety decision app with friends of college women in abusive relationships. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 33(3), 263-282. doi:10.1080/15228835.2015.1037414
Foronda, C., Alhusen, J., Budhathoki, C., Lamb, M., Tinsley, K., MacWilliams, B., Daniels, J., Baptiste, D., Reese, K., & Bauman, E. (2015). A mixed methods, international, multisite study to develop and validate a measure of nurse-to-physician communication in simulation. Nursing Education Perspectives, 36(6), 383-388. doi:10.5480/15-1644
Alhusen, J.L., Ray, E., Sharps, P., & Bullock, L. (2015). Intimate partner violence during pregnancy: Maternal and neonatal outcomes. Journal of Women’s Health, 24(1), 100-106. doi:10.1089/jwh.2014.4872
Alhusen, J.L., & Wilson, D. (2015). Pregnant mothers’ perceptions of how intimate partner violence affects their unborn children. Journal of Obstetrics Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN), 44(2), 210-217. doi:10.1111/1552-6909.12542
Maxwell, L., Devries, K, Zionts, D., Alhusen, J., & Campbell, J. (2015). Estimating the effect of intimate partner violence on women’s use of contraception: A systematic review and meta-analysis. PLOS One, 10(2), 1-25. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0118234
Alhusen, J.L., Frohman, N., & Purcell, G. (2015). Intimate partner violence and suicidal ideation in pregnant women. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 18(4), 573-578. doi:10.1007/s00737-015-0515-2
Glass, N., Clough, A., Case, J., Hanson, G., Waterbury, A., Barnes-Hoyt, J., Alhusen, J., Ehrensaft, M., Grace, K., & Perrin, N. (2015). A safety app to respond to dating violence for college women and their friends: The MyPlan Study randomized controlled trial protocol. BMC Public Health, 15(1), 871. doi:10.1186/s12889-015-2191-6
Trautmann, J., Alhusen, J., & Gross, D. (2015). Impact of deployment on military families with young children: A systematic review. Nursing Outlook, 63(6), 656-679. doi:10.1016/j.outlook.2015.06.002
Alhusen, J. L., Bullock, L., Sharps, P., Schminkey, D., Comstock, E., & Campbell, J. (2014). Intimate partner violence during pregnancy and adverse neonatal outcomes in low-income women. Journal of Women's Health, 23(11), 920-926. doi:10.1089/jwh.2014.4862
Alhusen, J.L., Hayat, M. & Gross, D. (2013). A longitudinal study of maternal attachment and infant developmental outcomes. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 16(6), 521-529. doi:10.1007/s00737-013-0357-8
Sharps, P., Bullock, L., Alhusen, J., Bhandari, S., Udo, I., Ghazarian, S., & Campbell, J. (2013). Engaging and retaining abused women in perinatal home visitation programs. Pediatrics, 132(Suppl 2), S134-S139. doi:10.1542/peds.2013-1021l
Alhusen, J., Lucea, M.B., Bullock, L., & Sharps, P. (2013). Intimate partner violence, substance use, and adverse neonatal outcomes among urban women. Journal of Pediatrics, 163(2), 471-476. doi:10.1016/j.jpeds.2013.01.036
Gross, D., Alhusen, J., & Jennings, B. (2012). Authorship ethics with the dissertation manuscript option. Research in Nursing & Health, 35(5), 431-434. doi:10.1002/nur.21500
Alhusen, J.L., Gross, D., Hayat, M.J., Rose, L., & Sharps, P. (2012). The role of mental health on maternal-fetal attachment in low-income women. Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN), 41(6), E71-E81. doi:10.1111/j.1552-6909.2012.01385.x
Alhusen, J.L., Gross, D., Hayat, M.J., Woods, A.B., & Sharps, P.W. (2012). The influence of maternal-fetal attachment and health practices on neonatal outcomes in low-income, urban women. Research in Nursing and Health, 35(2), 112-120. doi:10.1002/nur.21464
Szanton, S., Mihaly, L., Alhusen, J. & Becker, K. (2010). Taking charge of the challenge: Factors to consider in taking your first nurse practitioner job. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 22(7), 360. doi:10.1111/j.1745-7599.2010.00522.x
Alhusen, J.L., Baty, M.L., & Glass, N. (2010). Perceptions of and experience with system responses to female same-sex intimate partner violence. Partner Abuse, 1(4), 443-462. doi:10.1891/1946-65220.127.116.113
Rose, L., Alhusen, J., Bhandari, S., Soeken, K., Marcantonio, K., Bullock, L. & Sharps, P. (2010). Impact of intimate partner violence on pregnant women: mental distress and mental strength. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 31(2), 103-11. doi:10.3109/01612840903254834
Alhusen, J.L. (2008). A literature update on maternal-fetal attachment. Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 37(3), 315-328. doi:10.1111/j.1552-6909.2008.00241.x
Advance Online Publications
Alhusen, J., Hayat, M., & Borg, L. (2020). A pilot study of a group-based perinatal depression intervention on reducing depressive symptoms and improving maternal-fetal attachment and maternal sensitivity. Archives of Women's Mental Health. Advance online publication.
Alhusen, J. L., Bloom, T., Anderson, J., & Hughes, R. B. (2019). Intimate partner violence, reproductive coercion, and unintended pregnancy in women with disabilities. Disability and Health Journal. Advance online publication. doi:10.1016/j.dhjo.2019.100849
Alhusen, J., Bloom, T., Garcia, M., & Campbell, J.C. (2016). Violence and human abuse. In M. Stanhope & J. Lancaster (Eds.), Public health nursing: Population-centered health care in the community (pp. 825-849). Maryland Heights, MO: Elsevier.
Alhusen, J., Ho, G., Smith, K., & Campbell, J.C. (2014). Addressing intimate partner violence and child maltreatment: Challenges and opportunities. In J. Korbin & R. Krugman (Eds.), Child maltreatment handbook (pp. 187-203). New York, NY: Springer
Campbell, J., Alhusen, J., Draughon, J., Kub, J., & Walton-Moss, B. (2010). Vulnerability and protective factors for intimate partner violence. In J. White, M. Koss, & A. Kazdin, (Eds.), Violence against women and children: Consensus, critical analyses and emergent priorities (pp. 1). Washington, DC: APA press
Baty, M.L., Alhusen, J.L., Campbell, J.C., & Sharps, P.W. (2008). Female victims of violence. In J. Keeling & T. Mason (Eds.), Domestic violence: A multi-professional approach for health professionals (pp. 1). London: McGraw Hill Education