Faculty and Staff
Mary Byrn, RN, PhD
Title/s: Assistant Professor
Office #: BVM Hall, Room 915, LSC
|PhD||2011||Loyola University Chicago|
Courses Taught, 2015-2016
GNUR 207: Individual, Family, Community, Wellness and Health
GNUR 360: Research
MCN 273: Family Health Patterns
Research/Scholarly Interests and Selected Publications
My research interests include adults with diabetes. I have worked on a number of studies examining health and quality of life of women in with diabetes. In my dissertation work, I investigated the relationship between depressive symptoms and women diagnosed with gestational diabetes. In this cross-sectional study, pregnant women with and without depressive symptoms participated. Findings indicated that previous history of depression was a significant predictor of gestational diabetes. Most recently, my research is examining the impact of vitamin D on cognition in both men and women with type 2 diabetes (University of Chicago DRTC, NIH P30 DK020595, LU #20688031815, Think-D study). This pilot study is testing the benefit of vitamin D supplementation in persons with type 2 diabetes who have symptoms of cognitive impairment but are not depressed (as depression is a confounder for cognitive impairment).
Byrn, M., & Penckofer, S. (2015). The relationship between gestational diabetes and antenatal depression. JOGNN, 44, 246-255
Byrn, M.A. & Penckofer, S. (2013). Antenatal depression and gestational diabetes: A review of maternal and fetal outcomes. Nursing for Women's Health, 17 (1), 22-33.
Penckofer, S., Byrn, M., Mumby, P., Ferrans, C. (2011). Improving Subject Recruitment, Retention, and Participation in Research Through Peplau’s Theory of Interpersonal Relations. Nursing Science Quarterly, 24: 146-151
Penckofer, S., Kouba, J., & Byrn, M. (2010). Vitamin D and depression: Where is all the sunshine? Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 31: 385-393.
Penckofer, S., Ferrans, C., Mumby, P., Byrn, M., Emanuele, M.A., Harrison, P., Durazo-Arvizu, R., & Lustman, P. (2012). A psychoeducational intervention (SWEEP) for depressed women with diabetes. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 44(2), 192-206.
Professional & Community Affiliations
- Sigma Theta Tau
- Midwest Nursing Research Society
- Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nursing
- Alpha Sigma Nu, Honor’s Society