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Jeanne L. Alhusen

Associate Professor
Associate Dean for Research
Unit: School of Nursing
Department: School of Nursing
Office location and address
McLeod 5005
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

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.

NR-Psychosocial stress and its relation to maternal and infant outcomes among women with disabilities
Source: U.S. NIH Institute of Child Health & Human Develop
April 01, 2021 – March 31, 2026
Leveraging data science to examine the influence of maternal obesity on the association between microbial function and impaired glucose tolerance during pregnancy.
Source: U.S. NIH Institute of Nursing Research
July 01, 2018 – May 31, 2020
Risks and protective factors for unintended pregnancy in women with disabilities
Source: U.S. NIH Institute of Child Health & Human Develop
May 20, 2016 – April 30, 2020
NR JA Leveraging data science to examine the influence of maternal obesity on the association between microbial function and impaired glucose tolerance during pregnancy.
Source: Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neon
May 01, 2018 – July 31, 2019
NR- Biological Underpinnings of Maternal Attachment in High Risk Populations
Source: U.S. NIH Institute of Nursing Research
February 25, 2016 – June 30, 2019
NR-JLA-Fahs-Beck Research Award
Source: Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation
August 01, 2016 – July 31, 2018
NR-JLA - A population-based examination of intimate partner violence in the perinatal period and adverse neonatal outcomes
Source: U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration
April 01, 2015 – March 31, 2017
NR-JLA Tailored Self-Management Intervention Promoting Resilience in Perinatal Depression
Source: American Nurses Foundation, Inc.
December 25, 2015 – August 31, 2016
NURS 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Independent study in Nursing
GNUR 6060: Culture and Health: Implications for Practice
Credits: 2
The course provides a foundation for seminars; research on cultural issues in health including access and social justice will be explored. Theories and assessment tools related to cultural diversity and competency will be examined. The health care provider as an agent for ensuring sensitivity of differences and equality in health care delivery will be discussed as well as the inclusion of minorities in research and evidence based practice. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor permission.
GNUR 8110: Quantitative Research Methods
Credits: 3
This course offers advanced understanding of methods of testing effectiveness of nursing interventions. Research ethics are integrated in the course. Students examine research designs in terms of validity for assessing effectiveness of nursing interventions. The concept of statistical power is introduced, as students learn how to estimate and increase it via research design, sampling and sample size, measurement, and construct validity.
GNUR 8410: Proposal Writing Seminar I
Credits: 3
The focus of this course is on the mechanics of proposal writing and to give the student a feel for the art and science of grant seeking. Faculty will offer a hands-on practical approach to proposal writing, including the development of a proposal and the peer review process.
GNUR 8420: Proposal Writing Seminar II
Credits: 2
Continues to develop and refine the research proposal begun in GNUR 8410. Includes incorporating feedback from peers and a professional editorial consultant. The final product is a submitted grant proposal. Prerequisite: GNUR 8410.
GNUR 9035: Introduction to Health Science Scholarship
Credits: 1
This introductory seminar facilitates the student's mastery of their learning trajectory as a successful PhD research scholar and nurse scientist. It provides an introduction to the life of a new academic through exploration of academic and career stages, performance expectations and professional productivity.
GNUR 9110: Research Practicum I
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the student with opportunity to develop and refine research skills by participating in an ongoing research study. Students should plan on devoting 8 hours a week for each 9110 credit enrolled each semester. Students must register for GNUR 9110 for a total of 4 credits. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and advisor.
GNUR 9998: Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
Students register for GNUR 9998 concurrently with course work until the dissertation proposal is successfully defended. Credits from non-topical research are not counted in the total program hours of credit. Prerequisite: Permission of faculty advisor.
GNUR 9999: Dissertation Research
Credits: 3–12
A culminating experience that requires the student to plan and implement a research study of significance. Prerequisite: Permission of dissertation chair.

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)