• Associate Professor (Clinical), College Of Nursing
  • Associate (Clinical) Professor, College Of Nursing

Research Keywords

  • Women, refugees, health
  • Public Health
  • International Health


  • Communicating Across Diversity. Disparities in Patient Care. University of Utah Dept. of Speech and Communication . Presentation, Presented, 10/15/2015.
  • Why Choose a Midwife? Podcast: Other, Presented, 06/19/2015.
  • Nitrous Oxide Use in Labor Podcast: Other, Presented, 06/12/2015.
  • Do I Need a Midwife? Podcast: Other, Presented, 05/05/2015.
  • Perceptions and Experiences of Iraqi Muslim Women and Health Care Providers in the Health Care Encounter, Western Institute of Nursing Conference, Albuquerque, NM. Presentation, Presented, 04/22/2015.
  • Dealing With Diversity, Utah Valley University Nursing Conference, Keynote Speaker. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/10/2015.
  • Data Collection through the Eyes of the Newly Arrived, University of Utah Health Science Conference. Presentation, Presented, 03/20/2015.
  • Barriers preventing Refugee Women from receiving Equal Medical Care Podcast: Other, Presented, 02/27/2015.
  • Iraqi Refugee Women's Experiences of the Health Care Encounter. Poster, Accepted, 04/28/2014.
  • Cultural Competence and Ethical Awareness, Society for Applied Anthropology, Denver, CO. Conference Paper, Refereed, Submitted, 02/2013.
  • Birth and Perineal Trauma: A Midwifery Perspective. Presentation, Presented, 10/24/2012.
  • Culturally Sensitive Care to Muslim Women. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/16/2012.
  • The State of Iraqi Refugee Health Needs. Presentation, Presented, 04/13/2012.
  • Somali Refugee Perceptions of Mental Illness, Western Institute of Nursing, Las Vegas, NV. Poster, Presented, 04/15/2011.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Bridging Gaps in Global Learning and Leadership. PI: Deb Penney. University of Utah Office of Global Engagement, 01/01/2017 - 12/31/2017. Total project budget to date: $10,000.00

Research/Scholarship Projects

  • Water Birth. PI: Gwen Latendress. 10/01/2012 - 10/01/2014.
  • Provider and Iraqi Muslim Refugeee Women's Perceptions and Experiences of the Health Care Encounter. PI: Patricia Murphy. 07/07/2012 - 07/07/2014.


  • English, fluent.
  • Arabic, functional.
  • Spanish, functional.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Iraq
  • Somalia
  • Yemen


  • Midwifing the student: Creating a productive learning environment. Accepted, 02/07/2016.
  • Somali refugees’ perceptions of mental illness. Social Work in Health Care. Published, 08/31/2015.
  • Global Case Studies In Maternal and Child Health by Ruth White, editor. Book review in the Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, 65(8). 714-715. doi:10.111/jmwh.12153. Published, 11/2013.
  • The Intersection of heath beliefs and religion among Somali refugees: A qualitative study. Journal of Religion & Spiritualty in Social Work: Social Thought. Published, 02/2013.
  • Gynecological and Obstetric Surgery. In J.K. Fuller (Ed.) Surgical technology: Principles and practice (5th ed). (Chapter 24 pp. 555-600) St. Louis, MO: Saunders Elsevier. Published, 01/2010.
  • Counseling Vegetarians during Pregnancy and Lactation. Published, 03/01/2008.
  • The Effects of Vigorous Exercise in Pregnancy. Published, 01/01/2008.