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Cheryl Tatano Beck, DNSc, CNM, FAAN

Cheryl Tatano Beck, DNSc, CNM, FAAN

Researcher and Author



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Cheryl is a professor at the University of Connecticut, School of Nursing. Her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing is from Western Connecticut State University. She received her Master’s degree in maternal-newborn nursing from Yale University. Cheryl is a certified nurse-midwife. She received her certificate in nurse-midwifery also from Yale University. Her Doctor of Nursing Science degree is from Boston University.

Cheryl is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She has received numerous awards such as the Eastern Nursing Research Society’s Distinguished Researcher Award, the Distinguished Alumna Award from Yale University and the Connecticut Nurses’ Association’s Diamond Jubilee Award for her contribution to nursing research. Currently she serves on the editorial boards of Advances in Nursing Science, Journal of Nursing Education, and Journal of Nursing Measurement. She has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Depression After Delivery-National and on the Executive Board of the Marce International Society. She has been appointed to the President’s Advisory Council of Postpartum Support International.

Over the past 20 years Cheryl has focused her research efforts on developing a research program on postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. She has extensively researched these devastating disorders that plague new mothers using both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Based on the findings from her series of qualitative studies, Cheryl has developed the Postpartum Depression Screening Scale (PDSS) which is published by Western Psychological Services.

She is a prolific writer who has published over 100 journal articles on such topics as postpartum depression, postpartum onset of panic disorder, birth trauma, PTSD due to childbirth, phenomenology, grounded theory, meta-analysis, instrument development, meta-synthesis, and narrative analysis. Currently Cheryl’s research efforts are focused on (1) the impact of birth trauma on breastfeeding, (2) the effect of DHA on postpartum depression, and (3) assessing the psychometrics of the Postpartum Depression Screening Scale-telephone administration.

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