Mary Byrn, PhD, RN
Mary A. Byrn, PhD, RN is a tenured Associate Professor and Department Chair in the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Mary received her PhD in Nursing from Loyola University Chicago. Mary has a passion for teaching and working with students. She enjoys sharing her love for nursing research through teaching. She also shares her clinical expertise and passion for nursing by teaching undergraduate students Women’s Health and Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice. Mary has been recognized for her teaching and research through the Midwest Nursing Research Society Women’s Health and Transitions in Childbearing New Investigator Award, 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leader Award, and as a nominee for the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award.
Dr. Byrn's research interests involve investigating ways to improve the quality of life and health outcomes of women. Her research has investigated women with gestational diabetes and perinatal depression. Also, she has completed a randomized control trial investigating the impacts of vitamin D supplementation on mild cognitive impairment in and people with type 2 diabetes. Mary’s current research explores the documented health inequities in maternal health care by examining the impact of race on treatment differences during the perinatal period.