Dr. Rebecca R S Clark is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR). She received her PhD from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing where she was a Robert Wood Johnson Future of Nursing Scholar. Prior to pursuing doctoral work, she practiced as a Certified Nurse Midwife at a federally qualified health center and community hospital in West Virginia. Her doctoral research examined the use of synthetic oxytocin, a high-alert medication, during labor and its association with postpartum hemorrhage and primary cesarean section. Her research interests include maternal morbidity and mortality rates in the United States, racial disparities in maternal outcomes, opioid dependence in pregnancy and the role of nursing in maternal outcomes.

Recent Publications

Clark, R. R. S. Breastfeeding in Women on Opioid-Maintenance Therapy: A Review of Policy and Practice. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health. Pending. doi: 10.1111/jmwh.12982

Safley, R. & Swietlikowski, J.  (2017).  Pain Management in Opioid-Dependent Pregnant Women:  A Clinical Review.  Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing.  31(2):118-125.  doi: 10.1097/JPN.0000000000000244.

  • Awarded Best Article of the Year by the Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing

Fellowships or other support

  • Associate Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI), University of Pennsylvania