About

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

Areas of Expertise

Pregnancy

Maternal Child Nursing

Publications

Teaching

Dr. Dunn has taught a variety of classes in maternal child nursing, midwifery, and other advanced practice clinical courses.

Dr. Dunn believes that every individual has a desire to learn. Learning and acquisition of knowledge is an innate characteristic observed even in the fetus before he or she leaves the womb. We are inquisitive and curious by nature and as such all humans can learn. Thus, she believes that her role an educator is to help individuals utilize the passion, excitement, and curiosity that they naturally have for learning, to explore new and unfamiliar domains of nursing.

Research

Dr. Dunn’s primary scholarly focus surrounds antepartum complications, inflammatory pathways, and the microbiome. Her articles have been published in a number of leading journals including Advances in Neonatal Care, Biological Research for Nursing, and the American Journal of Maternal-Child Nursing.

Awards