• Associate Professor (Clinical), College Of Nursing

Research Summary

My program of research focuses on respectful 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 College of Nursing in 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 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 recently completing 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 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, and currently uses the Rebozo technique she learned there to offer pain relief during labor and to encourage babies to get into the optimal position for birth. 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 10 years
  • 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, Namibia, Ethiopia, and around the US