Alexis B. Dunn, PhD, CNM is a research assistant professor at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, where she conducts research investigating the relationships between health behaviors, inflammatory mechanisms, and adverse pregnancy outcomes among high risk populations. She is a certified nurse midwife who works in a variety of professional roles within the academic, hospital, and outpatient clinical setting. She currently serves in both a research and teaching capacity within the school of nursing, through which she is able to share her passion for clinical excellence as it relates to primary care, perinatal, and postpartum care of women. Dr. Dunn is actively involved as the current Vice President of the GA Affiliate of the American College of Nurse Midwives, in which she actively participates on several committees focused on improving the health of women and families in Georgia.
Dr. Dunn’s overall career goal is to become an independent, academic nurse researcher and leader who successfully builds a translational program of research integrating biobehavioral models into the prevention and management of adverse pregnancy outcomes, particularly among low-income and minority populations. Specifically, her dissertation study focused on exploring the relationships reproductive tract infection, the vaginal microbiome, and complement activation in early pregnancy as a risk factor for preterm birth (PTB) among African American (AA) women. She has received funding for her research and support for her professional development from the National Institutes of Health, the American College of Nurse Midwives, and the Southern Nursing Research Society. She has also published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, Biological Research for Nursing, and Nursing Research.
Special Honors and Recognitions
Nominated 2018: Nurse of the Year Award March of Dimes
Silver Bowl Award 2017: Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Southern Nursing Research Society Dissertation Grant Award 2015
Fellowship for Graduate Education Award: American College of Nurse Midwives Foundation