Susan Gennaro, DSN, FAAN, RN
Professor of Nursing

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University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Room 438A Fagin Hall
418 Curie Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4217
tel: (215) 573-2184

Dr. Gennaro received her BA from LeMoyne College, her MSN from Pace University, and her DSN from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She was a staff nurse in labor and delivery, adult intensive
care, neonatal intensive care, and a clinical nurse specialist in neonatal intensive care before continuing her education and joining the Penn faculty in 1988.

Dr. Gennaro has published widely on the antecedents to and consequences for families of the birth of a preterm infant, detailing the economic, physical, and psychological responses. Currently, she is conducting research on physiologic mechanisms which may herald preterm birth in an interdisciplinary collaboration at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her work has had an international focus as
she has spoken extensively around the world, been published in Japanese, Russian, Italian, and Portuguese, and managed research studies in Malawi, Uganda, and Switzerland.

Dr. Gennaro has served on a number of important advisory panels, including a work group from the National Institute of Nursing Research developed to identify research priorities to decrease health
disparities in pregnancy outcomes. Dr. Gennaro has also been a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health and has served as associate editor for important nursing journals such as Nursing Research, and Image: Journal of Nursing Scholarship. She has received national and international recognition for her work on behalf of women and children, including awards from: The American Society for Psychoprophylaxis in Obstetrics (ASPSO)/LAMAZE, the Association of Women’s Health Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, and the Lenore Williams Award.

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