Faculty: Beck

Cheryl Beck

Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor
Joint Appointment in School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

P: (860) 486-0547
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University of Connecticut
School of Nursing
Storrs Hall, Room 317
231 Glenbrook Road, Unit 4026
Storrs, Connecticut 06269

Curriculum Vitae

Research InterestsTop Nursing Professor 2012

Postpartum Depression
PTSD due to Childbirth
Instrument Development
Qualitative Research Methods


Selected Publications

Beck, C. T. (2020). Secondary traumatic stress in maternal newborn nurses: A secondary qualitative data analysis. Journal of the American Association of Psychiatric Nurses, 26, 55-64.

Beck, C. T., & Vo, T. (2020). Fathers’ stress related to their infants’ NICU hospitalization: A mixed research synthesis. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 34, 75-84.

Beck, C. T. (2020). Mother-Infant Interaction during Postpartum Depression: A Metaphor Analysis.
Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 52(2), 108-116.

Beck, C. T., & Casavant, S. (2020). Posttraumatic Growth in NICU Nurses: A mixed methods study. Advances in Neonatal Care.

Beck, C.B., & Watson, S. (2019). Mothers’ Experiences Interacting with Their Infants after Traumatic Childbirth. MCN: American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 44(6), 338-344.

Beck, C. T. & Casavant, S. (2019). Synthesis of Mixed Research on Posttraumatic Stress Related to Traumatic Birth. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 48, 385-397.

Beck, C. T., Watson, S., & Gable, R. K. (2018). Traumatic Childbirth and Its Aftermath: Is There Anything Positive? Journal of Perinatal Education, 27, 175-184.

Beck, C.T., & Anderson, B. A. (2017). ‘Being with Woman’ Is There a Cost for Midwives and Students Attending Traumatic Births? International Journal of Childbirth, 7, 181-191.

Beck, C. T. (2018). A secondary analysis of mistreatment of women during childbirth in healthcare facilities, Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing. 47, 94-104.

Honors & Awards

2012 Annie Goodrich Distinguished Nurse Lectureship Award, Institute of Living, Hartford, CT.

2012 Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health 2012 Best Research Article Award for “Postpartum Depressive Symptomatology: Results from a Two-Stage U.S. National Survey (co-authored with Robert Gable, Carol Sakala, and Eugene Declercq).

2011 AJN 2011 Book of the Year Award for Nursing Research: Nursing Research: Generating and Assessing Evidence for Nursing Practice (9th edition) (co-authored with Denise F. Polit).

2011 Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing’s 2011 Best Publication Award for Best of Journal of Nursing Scholarship-Profession, World Health, and Health Systems for “International Differences in Nursing Research 2005-2006” (co-authored with Denise F. Polit).

2009 Distinguished Professional Service Award, Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nursing.

2009 The Jane Honikman Award for outstanding contribution to emotional health related to childbearing, Postpartum Support International.

2008 University of Connecticut Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor.

2002 Outstanding Alumna Award and also Centennial Award for Excellence, Western Connecticut State University.

2001 Excellence in Research Award, Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nursing.

1999 Distinguished Alumna Award, Yale University.

1999 Distinguished Researcher Award, Eastern Nursing Research Society.

1993 Induction into Fellowship of the American Academy of Nursing.

Professional Activities

Board Member, Institute of Qualitative Research, University of Alberta.

Advisory Board, MotherWoman, Inc.

Senior Nurse Scientist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing

Postpartum Resource Center of New York, Advisory Board

Editorial Board, Journal of Perinatal Education

Donaghue Policy Advisory Committee, Donaghue Medical Research Foundation

Postpartum Support International President’s Council

Editorial Board, Advances in Nursing Science