Researcher studies women’s decisions on reproductive technology

Patricia Hershberger

Patricia Hershberger’s work “vital to understanding women’s decisions around reproductive technologies.” (click on image for larger file size)

Patricia Hershberger, assistant professor of women, children and family health science in the College of Nursing and assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the College of Medicine, received the 2013 Award of Excellence in Research from the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses at its national convention last month in Nashville.

Her research explores the decision-making process among women facing assisted reproductive and genomic treatments, and the effects these technologies have on the everyday lives of individuals, families and society.

“Dr. Hershberger’s research is vital to understanding women’s decisions around reproductive technologies,” said Karen Peddicord, chief executive officer of the association. “With her research, nurses will be able to better support and counsel their patients.”

“My research goal has always been to help women and families who are contemplating the use of advanced reproductive or genomic technologies,” Hershberger said.

“Many women discuss their options regarding advanced technologies with nurses and physicians, and I hope my work has improved those very personal discussions.”

Hershberger is active in the Midwest Nursing Research Society, where she is past chair of the Research Section Advisory Committee and the Decision-Making Research Section.

Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and her work has been recognized by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Midwest Nursing Research Society.