"The joy of being a maternal and child health clinical nurse specialist comes from partnering with families to promote healthy births, healthy families and effective parenting."
As an expert in maternal and child health nursing, a researcher, and a mentor to the next generations of Johns Hopkins nurses, Dr. Phyllis Sharps works at the forefront of community and public health nursing and at the interface of mental and physical health. She is the director of three health and wellness centers operated by the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, provides care in a Baltimore shelter for homeless battered women and their children, and conducts ongoing community-based, participatory research. The overarching focus of her work is on the effects of intimate partner violence on the physical and emotional health of pregnant women, infants, and very young children. With a $3.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Sharps is testing the Domestic Violence Enhanced Visitation Program (DOVE), a promising intervention to keep abused women and babies safe from intimate partner violence. She shares the new clinical knowledge gained through her research in numerous nursing and public health scholarly publications and as a consultant and speaker for numerous organizations, including the Family Violence Prevention Fund and the National Institute of Justice. Dr. Sharps also consults on cultural competency in research conducted among African-American women and in African-American communities.
Perinatal health; domestic violence; infant mortality; parenting; women’s health in community settings; domestic violence and physical and mental health consequences for women; infant mortality; women’s health.