Shannon D. Simonovich, PhD, RN

Dr. Shannon D. Simonovich's program of research  focuses on prevention programming and wellness for at-risk maternal child populations, with particular interest in community-driven exploratory and intervention work with low-income and minority populations including Black, Hispanic and Foreign-born families. She partners with an interdisciplinary team of scholars collectively working to improve health outcomes and maternal mortality across the US. She received her PhD from the University of Washington School of Nursing with a focus in maternal child health promotion and has earned a certificate in Maternal Child Health from the University of Washington School of Public Health. She is currently an Assistant Professor at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois and is actively involved in the American Public Health Association, currently serving as the Co-Chair for Public Health Nursing's committee for Diversity and Social Justice. She is the mother of three young children and is passionate about nursing education, mentoring, embodying her social justice values and working to improving health outcomes for all mothers and children in America.


Specialization and Interests:

  • Maternal child health promotion
  • Food Insecurity & Nutrition   
  • Public health programming (WIC) 
  • Preconception, interconception & antenatal health  
  • Perinatal mental health  
  • Health disparities
  • The built environment  
  • Life course approach


Research Methods Areas of Expertise:

  • Quantitative Systems-level Secondary Analysis  
  • Global Positioning(GPS) Data Collection  
  • Qualitative Interviewing  
  • Survey Development   
  • Focus Groups


Professional Affiliations:

  • American Public Health Association  
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society  
  • Alliance of Nurses for a Healthy Environment  
  • National Association of Catholic Nurses  
  • The International Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medico-Social Assistants

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