Jennifer Doering

    Jennifer Doering, PhD, RN

    • Head of School, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

    Jennifer Doering, PhD, RN is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor and at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and master’s and doctorate from the University of Arizona in Tucson.

    Dr. Doering studies how sleep deprivation affects depression in socioeconomically disadvantaged women after childbirth. Previous research includes qualitative (grounded theory) and quantitative studies on fatigue, sleep, and depression symptoms in this population. More recently, she constructed and tested the feasibility of a self-management intervention to promote sleep and reduce fatigue in postpartum women. In collaboration with engineering colleagues, she is building and testing a device to reduce infant death from unsafe sleep environments.

    Dr. Doering has special interests in postpartum nursing, maternal health, feminist theory and nursing philosophy. She teaches research and maternal-infant health across the undergraduate and graduate programs. Dr. Doering’s clinical experience includes obstetrics, postpartum, gynecologic, high-risk antenatal, newborn, neonatal intensive care, emergency nursing, and new graduate nurse staff development.

    Dr. Doering is an alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar program (2008-2011), and is a Center Scientist in the UWM Center for Applied and Behavioral Health Research and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin.


    PhD Vulnerable Populations Specialty- University of Arizona College of Nursing, Tucson, AZ
    MSN Case Management- University of Arizona College of Nursing, Tucson, AZ
    BSN Nursing- University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Minneapolis, MN

    Awards & Honors
    The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Faculty (2013). The DAISY Foundation.

    New Investigator Award (2008, November) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing

    Nominated for UWM College of Nursing Teaching Excellence Award (2008, November) UWM College of Nursing

    Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care Conference Poster Session-1st place (2007, April) Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care

    New Investigator Award (2007, March) Childbearing Nursing Research Section of the Midwest Nursing Research Society

    Contracts & Grants
    Protective I-SleepPod for Young Infants. UWM Research Foundation- Bradley Catalyst Grant, Jennifer Doering, Campbell-Kyureghyan.

    Self-management of postpartum fatigue in poor urban women. National Institute of Nursing Research Grant, Jennifer Doering.

    Relationship of Postpartum Sleep Deprivation to Later Mental Health in Lower-Income Urban Women. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Nurse Faculty Scholar Program Grant, Jennifer Doering.

    A pilot investigation of fatigue after childbirth in a vulnerable community. Graduate School Research Committee Award Grant, Jennifer Doering.

    Fatigue and Depressive Patterns After Childbirth. Midwest Nursing Research Society New Investigator Seed Grant, Jennifer Doering.

    Improving the Health of Children with Special Needs in Birth to 3 Programs through Health Literacy and Maternal Depression Screening Center for Urban Population Health Center, Scientist Award Grant, Jennifer Doering, Kris Pizur-Barnekow, Paula Rhyner, Timothy Patrick.

    Intellectual Contributions
    Gralton, K. S. (CON Ph.D. grad), Doering, J., Ngui, E., Pan, A., & Schiffman, R.. (2022). Family resiliency and family functioning in non-Hispanic Black and non-Hispanic White families of preterm infants. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 64, 102-110. doi:10.1016/j.pedn.2022.02.010

    Slocum, S. E., Wichman, C. L., Kuehn, S., & Doering, J. (2021 ). Differences in utilization of perinatal psychiatric teleconsultation line between primary care and mental health providers. WMJ, 120(4), 281-285.

    Coburn, J. (Ph.D. grad), & Doering, J. J. (2021). Deciding on home birth. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 50(3), 289-299. doi:10.1016/j.jogn.2021.01.001

    Gillespie, K. H., Chibuk, A., Doering, J., & Nelson, K., 3rd. (2021). Maternity nurses' responses to maternal early warning criteria. MCN: American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 46(1), 36-42. doi:10.1097/nmc.000000000000068

    Doering, J. J., Wichman, C. L., Kuehn, S., Laszewski, A., & Ke, W. (2021). Potential effects of perinatal psychiatric teleconsultation on provider prescribing confidence. General Hospital Psychiatry, 70, 78-79. doi:10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2021.03.005

    Doering, Jennifer J., and Dogan, S. “A postpartum sleep and fatigue intervention feasibility pilot study.” Behavioral Sleep Medicine.

    Wichman, Christina L., Laszewski, Audrey, Doering, Jennifer J., and Borchardt, Shelby. “Feasibility of model adaptations and implementation of a perinatal psychiatric teleconsultation program.” General Hospital Psychiatry 59. (2019): 51-57.

    Doering, Jennifer J., Lim, P. S., Salm Ward, T. C., and Hobart Davies, W. “Prevalence of unintentional infant bedsharing.” Applied Nursing Research 46. (2019): 28-30.

    Doering, Jennifer J., Salm Ward, T. C., Strook, S., and Campbell, J. K. “A comparison of infant sleep safety guidelines in nine industrialized countries.” Journal of Community Health 44.1 (2019): 81-87.

    Doering, Jennifer J., Sims, D. A., and Miller, D. D. “How postpartum women with depressive symptoms manage sleep disruption and fatigue.” Research in Nursing and Health 40. (2017): 132-142.

    Doering, Jennifer J., Maletta, K., Laszewski, A., Wichman, C. L., and Hammel, J. “Needs and challenges of home visitors conducting perinatal depression screening.” Infant Mental Health Journal 38.4 (2017): 523-535.

    Doering, Jennifer J., Marvin, Alexis, and Strook, Samantha. “Parent decision factors, safety strategies, and fears about infant sleep locations.” Applied Nursing Research 34. (2017): 29-33.

    Austin, Jillian E., Nashban, Chad J., Doering, Jennifer J., and Hobart Davies, W. “Prevention messages in parent-infant bed-sharing: Message source, credibility, and effectiveness.” Global Pediatric Health 4. (2017): 9 pp.

    Doering, Jennifer J., and Salm Ward, Trina. “The interface among poverty, air mattress industry trends, policy, and infant safety.” American Journal of Public Health 107.6 (2017): 945-949.

    Doering, Jennifer J., and Salm Ward, Trina. “Air mattresses and infant death.” Public Health Post. Boston University School of Public Health, (2017).

    Laszewski, A., Wichman, C. L., Doering, Jennifer J., Maletta, K., and Hammel, J. “Perinatal depression algorithm: A home visitor step-by-step guide for the advanced management of perinatal depressive symptoms.” Zero to Three 36.4 (2016): 1-9.

    Feetham, S., and Doering, Jennifer J. “Career cartography: A conceptualization of career development to advance health and policy.” Journal of Nursing Scholarship 47.1 (2015): 70-77.

    Salm Ward, Trina, and Doering, Jennifer J. “Application of a socio-ecological model to maternal-infant bed-sharing.” Health Education & Behavior 41.6 (2014): 577-589.

    Pizur-Barnekow, Kris, Doering, Jennifer J., Willett, Marjorie, Ruminski, Christine, and Spring, Molly. “Birth-related posttraumatic stress disorder: Implications for early intervention services.” Zero to Three 34.3 (2014): 41-44.

    Doering, Jennifer J. “Theoretical contributions to a program of research promoting postpartum health.” Applied Nursing Research 26.2 (2013): 96-98.

    Doering, Jennifer J. “The physical and social environment of sleep in socioeconomically disadvantaged postpartum women.” Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing 42.1 (2013): E33-E43.

    Haxton, Dawn, Doering, Jennifer J., Gringas, Linda, and Kelly, Lucy. “Implementing skin-to-skin contact at birth using the Iowa Model.” Nursing for Women’s Health 16.3 (2012): 220-229.

    Nelson, Laura, Doering, Jennifer J., Anderson, Megan, and Kelly, Lucy. “Outcome of a clinical nurse specialist-led hyperbilirubinemia screening of late preterm newborns.” Clinical Nurse Specialist 26.3 (2012): 164-168.

    Mkandawire-Valhmu, Lucy, and Doering, Jennifer J. “Study abroad as a tool for promoting cultural safety in nursing education.” Journal of Transcultural Nursing 23.1 (2012): 82-89.

    Poronsky, Catie, Doering, Jennifer J., Mkandawire-Valhmu, Lucy, and Rice, Elizabeth. “The transition to the tenure-track for nursing faculty with young children: A case study.” Nursing Education Perspectives 33.4 (2012): 255-259.

    Pizur-Barnekow, K A., Rhyner, Paula M., Doering, Jennifer J., and Patrick, Timothy B. “An interdisciplinary approach to health literacy for education, research, and practice in early childhood intervention.” Perspectives on Language Learning and Education 18.2 (2011): 62-67.

    Pizur-Barnekow, Kris, Doering, Jennifer J., Cashin, Susan, Patrick, Timothy B., and Rhyner, Paula M. “Functional health literacy and mental health in urban and rural mothers of children enrolled in early intervention programs.” Infants and Young Children 23.1 (2011): 41-51.

    Doering, Jennifer J., and Durfor, Stephanie L. “The process of 'Persevering Toward Normalcy' after childbirth.” MCN, The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing 36.4 (2011): 258-265.

    Pizur-Barnekow, K A., Doering, Jennifer J., Cashin, Susan E., Patrick, Timothy B., and Rhyner, Paula M. “Functional health literacy and mental health in urban and rural mothers of children enrolled in early intervention programs.” Infants and Young Children 23.1 (2010): 42-51.

    Doering, Jennifer J., Morin, Karen H., and Stetzer, Frank C. “Severe fatigue and depressive symptoms in lower-income urban postpartum women.” Western Journal of Nursing Research 31.5 (2009): 599-612.

    Doering, Jennifer J., and Baker, Linda C. “Narratives of ideology and resistance in women’s experiences of fatigue after childbirth.” Journal for the Association of Research on Mothering 10.1 (2008): 82-93.

    Doering, Jennifer J. “A depressive symptoms responsiveness model for differentiating fatigue from depression in the postpartum period.” Archives of Women’s Mental Health 10.6 (2007): 267-275.

    Doering, Jennifer J. Healthcare for undocumented persons: What is nursing's role?. 1(2).1 Center for Cultural Diversity and Global Health, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, College of Nursing Newsletter, 2007: 10-11.

    Doering, Jennifer J. “Persevering through postpartum fatigue.” Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing 36. (2007): 28-37.

    Reed, Pamela G., and Doering, Jennifer J. “Reformulation of a methodological concept in grounded theory.” Nursing Science Quarterly 20.2 (2007): 118-122.

    Doering, Jennifer J., and Reed, Pamela G. “Self-transcendence and well-being in homeless adults.” Journal of Holistic Nursing 25.1 (2007): 5-13.(2006):32-34.