Faculty Biographical Sketches
Mary Ellen Doherty, Department of Nursing
Dr. Mary Ellen Doherty, Professor in Nursing, is a graduate of Mount Saint Mary College (B.S. in Nursing), Rutgers University (M.S. in Maternal-Child Nursing), University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery),and the University of Rhode Island (Ph.D.). Dr. Doherty joined the WCSU faculty in the fall of 2008. Her areas of expertise are nurse-midwifery, childbirth education, and maternal-newborn nursing. Prior to coming to WCSU, she held academic positions at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Northeastern University. She was also the founder and president of Concord Nurse-Midwifery Associates with delivery privileges at Emerson Hospital in Concord, MA.
Dr. Doherty is an active researcher, presenter, and expert witness. Her program of research focuses on childbearing and women’s health with particular attention to nurse-client decision making, birth plans, widowhood during pregnancy, therapeutic alliance, and the experiences of midwives and their clients. She has presented her research at the scientific sessions of the Eastern Nursing Research Society in 2000, 2003, and 2007. In addition, she traveled to Dublin, Ireland in 2004 and Vienna, Austria in 2007 to present her research at Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing’s Research Congress.
Dr. Doherty is a member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA), the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), the American Nurses Association (ANA), the Eastern Nursing Research Society, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Mu Epsilon and Alpha Tau Chapters). Her current research focuses on the experiences of military nurses who served in Iraq and Afghanistan (2003-2008).