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Eleanor L. Stevenson, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor
(919) 684-1774
3112 Pearson Building

Dr. Eleanor Stevenson received her B.S. in Nursing from Rutgers University College of Nursing-New Brunswick, and her M.S. in Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner from Rutgers University College of Nursing-Newark. She received her Ph.D. in Nursing Research and Theory Development from New York University College of Nursing. During her doctoral studies, she received the Alumni Association Doctoral Achievement Award; the Sigma Theta Tau, Upsilon Research Award; the Rudin Family Award for Doctoral Achievement; and the McRae Foundation Award. Dr. Stevenson’s clinical career has been focused on women’s health issues including working in various settings such as high-risk labor and delivery, mother-baby, antepartum, family planning, and infertility services. She has previously worked in research and development of women’s health and infertility medications.

Dr. Stevenson joined the faculty of Duke University School of Nursing in August, 2011 and teaches in the ABSN program, including courses such as Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family and Nursing Specialty Synthesis. Prior to her faculty appointment, Dr. Stevenson was a full time Clinical Nurse Educator at Duke University School of Nursing, taking students into the clinical setting in the role of a Clinical Instructor in Maternity, Foundations, and Specialty Synthesis courses. She also continues her research examining multidimensional psychological stress in women who have conceived pregnancies via in-vitro fertilization with an interest in its role on adverse birth outcomes including preterm birth.

Academic Program Affiliations

  • Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Program


  • PhD - New York University College of Nursing
  • MS - Rutgers University College of Nursing
  • BS - Rutgers University College of Nursing

Awards and Honors

  • 2012 || 2012 ASRM Nurse Research Award, American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Nurse Professional Group
  • 2011 || American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Nurse Research Award, Merck, Inc.
  • 2010 || McRae Foundation Research Award, McRae Foundation
  • 2006 || Erline McGriff Student Award, New York University College of Nursing
  • 2005 || NYU Alumni Association Doctoral Student Award, New York University Alumni Association
  • 2004 || Rudin Family Student Award, New York University
  • 2004 || Sigma Theta Tau, Upsilon- Research Award, Sigma Theta Tau, Upsilon Chapter
  • 1995 || Inducted, Sigma Theta Tau, Upsilon chapter

Areas of Expertise

  • Reproductive Health
  • Women's Health

Areas of Interest

maternal health
in vitro fertilization

Representative Publications

  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 26506864 Stevenson, E. and Chudgar, S. M. and Turner, K. and Molloy, M. and Phillips, B. and Engle, D. L. and Clay, A. S. How We Engage Graduating Professional Students in Interprofessional Patient Safety. Nurs Forum. October, 2015 Epub ahead of print
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 24980203 Hershberger, P. E. and Stevenson, E. L. In support of equitable infertility health insurance. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. June, 2014 43(4); 401-2
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 24750647 Stevenson, E. L. Enriching a classroom lesson on grief and loss. Nurs Womens Health. April, 2014 18(2); 99-100
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 24535177 Stevenson, E. L. and Gordon, H. A. Students as active learners and teaching partners in the clinical setting. Nurse Educ. March-April, 2014 39(2); 52-3
  • 2013 -- Turner, K. M. and Chudgar, S. M. and Engle, D. and Molloy, M. A. and Phillips, B. C. and Stevenson, E. L. and Clay, A. S. "It takes a village": An interprofessional patient safety experience for nursing and medical students. Medical Science Educator. 2013 23(3S); 449-456
  • 2003 -- PubMed # : 12544045 Stevenson, E. L. Future trends in nursing employment: the nursing shortage has made choosing the right career path easier. Am J Nurs. 103 Suppl 19-25; quiz 38-9
  • 2003 -- Mayberry, L. J, and De, A. K. and Stevenson, E. L. and Affonso, D. D. International muiltisite studies In Diversity in Health Care Research: Strategies for Multisite, Multidisciplinary and Multiethnic Projects edited by Hawkins, J. W. and Haggerty, L. A,. 2003; pp. 116-144. : Springer Publishing Company. 2003 116-144
Friday, April 21, 2017

DNP student Meghann Batten and Eleanor Stevenson publish an article entitled "Implementation of a Hydrotherapy Protocol to Improve Postpartum Pain Management" in the April issue of the Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Eleanor Stevenson published an article entitled "Male subfertility as a chronic illness: the role of adaptive challenges" in the March issue of the Journal of Human Fertility. Co-author includes Kevin McEleny from Newcastle, UK.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Eleanor Stevenson recently published an article entitled "Certain Less Invasive Infertility Treatments Associated with Different Levels of Pregnancy-Related Anxiety in Pregnancies Conceived via In Vitro Fertilization" in the January/March issue of the Journal of Reproduction and Infertility. Co-author includes Dr. Richard Sloane with Duke University School of Medicine.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Eleanor Stevenson recently presented on "The Hidden Patient, Towards Understanding the Experience of Male Infertility" at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) in Salt Lake City.

Stevenson was also elected as Vice Chair of the ASRM Nurse Professional Group for a five year team which includes three years has Chair.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Faculty members Melissa Batchelor-Murphy, Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda, Devon Noonan, Schenita Randolph, Karin Reuter-Rice, Cheryl Rodgers, Ryan Shaw and Eleanor Stevenson were recently accepted into the Fall Path to Independence Grant Writing Program co-sponsored by DUSON and the Duke University School of Medicine.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Eleanor Stevenson was recently appointed to the editorial board of Human Fertility Journal. This journal is the official journal of the British Fertility Society.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

For many, conceiving a child is a special joy of life. For those who want to conceive but are unable, however, life can sometimes feel meaningless. Despite the emotional investment involved in reproduction and the millions who can't get pregnant or carry a baby to term, fertility is still a fairly untapped area of health care.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Eleanor Stevenson co-authored an article entitled "Advancing the Care of Individuals and Couples at Risk for Diagnosed With Infertility" in the January/February issue of the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing. She co-authored the article with Dr. Patricia Hershberger from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The two also co-authored  an article entitled "Evidence-Based Care for Couples With Infertility" in the same journal.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Eleanor Stevenson published an article entitled "How We Engage Graduating Professional Students in Interprofessional Patient Safety" in the Nursing Forum. Stevenson co-published the article with Kathleen Turner, Margie Molloy, Beth Phillips and Duke School of Medicine faculty.

Friday, September 4, 2015

The ADAPT Center awarded Eleanor Stevenson a small grant for her study entitled "Understanding Adaptive Challenges Associated with Male-factor Infertility." This study is a new investigation for the principal investigator in an area where little is understood about the adaptive behaviors utilized by men who have recently been diagno