• Research Associate Professor, Obstetrics And Gynecology

Research Summary

My program of research focuses on person-centered maternity care within the context of low-resource settings and the use of low-tech high-fidelity simulation and team-training for obstetric and neonatal emergencies globally (US, Mexico, Guatemala, Kenya, Ethiopia, Namibia, and India)


  • DNP, Nursing, University of Utah College of Nursing. Project: PRONTOPack: A sustainable low-tech obstetric and neonatal simulation kit for resource-limited settings.
  • Masters of Nursing, Nurse Midwifery and Women's Health, University of California, San Francisco. Project: Rapid HIV Testing in Labor: What Do We Know And Are We Prepared?
  • Bachelors of Science, Community and Regional Development, University of California, Davis


Susanna Cohen is a Doctoral prepared board Certified Nurse Midwife who joined the faculty at the University of Utah 2007. She practices as a midwife in the BirthCare HealthCare (BCHC) Faculty Practice, sharing her time between the Madsen Women’s Clinic and the University Medical Center and Labor and Delivery. Susanna is the prinicpal investigator and lead innovator at the CON LIFT Simulation Design Lab, which offers services to departments, projects and community members. Susanna received her Masters' of Science with a Minor in Nursing Education from the University of California, San Francisco and completed her clinical training at San Francisco General Hospital and UC San Diego Medical Center. She also holds a BS in Community and Regional Development from the University of California, Davis where she received the Mary Regan Meyer Prize, a University-wide award for Academic Excellence and Community Service. Susanna completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at the University of Utah, where her scholarly work centered around sustainable simulation and team training in low-resource setting internationally. Susanna is a leader in the field of high-fidelity low-tech interprofessional simulaiton and in 2018 she was indcuted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing for her work in global simulation. She was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Nurse Midwives in 2021. Susanna is a founding member of PRONTO International, and NGO which provides interprofessional obstetric and neonatal simulation training in Kenya, Guatemala, India and throughout Mexico. Before coming to Utah Susanna trained in Mexico in Mayan midwifery and herbal medicine from a traditional midwife. Susanna believes in an integrated and holistic approach to Women's health and encourages women to play an active role in their care.

Career Highlights

  • Care for women and thier families at the University of Utah for over 13 years
  • LIFT Simulation Design Lab, Primary Investigator and Founder 
  • Fellow in the American College of Nurse Midwives
  • Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing
  • Curriculum development of a simulation training program for nurse mentors in Bihar, India
  • Co-founder of PRONTO International
  • Implementation research in Mexico, Guatemala, Kenya and India
  • Training of Midwives and Nurses in Mexico. Kenya, Guatemala, India, and around the US