Melanie Lutenbacher, PhD, RN, FAAN, is an Associate Professor of Nursing and an Associate Professor of Medicine (Pediatrics) at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. As a maternal child health researcher, she has focused her efforts on improving birth, parenting and child health outcomes in families experiencing health disparities, those at risk for abuse and neglect, and/or families with children who have special health needs. She and her team have developed and tested programmatic interventions composed of behavioral, educational, and clinical strategies and delivered in community and home-based settings. She is currently using a randomized clinical trial to examine the efficacy of the Maternal Infant Health Outreach Worker (MIHOW) home visitation program to improve health outcomes in a sample of pregnant Hispanic women and their children. She and her team are examining birth outcomes, breastfeeding rates, infant feeding practices, maternal stress and depressive symptoms, and parenting styles. . Preliminary results indicate that women assigned to the MIHOW program had lower levels of depressive symptoms and parenting stress, and higher levels of breastfeeding self-efficacy than women in the control group.
Dr. Lutenbacher is currently a member of the IFNA Research Committee. For more information contact IFNA member, Melanie Lutenbacher.