Morgan Staver, of Clive, Iowa, is a doctoral student in nursing at the University of Nebraska Medical Center on the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner clinical track. Her project will examine the maternal distress in mothers of infants in the neonatal intensive care unit. Staver will examine depression, anxiety, and trauma experiences in mothers of infants in the NICU. Maternal distress can have devastating developmental, social, and economic outcomes for a mother and her infant. Staver’s work has the potential to assist with identifying women who would benefit from clinical intervention and referral to treatment, which would improve the lives of the mother, her infant, and their family. Staver is certified in perinatal mental health. She is also a registered nurse and has worked at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in the NICU, at Methodist Hospital as a forensic nurse examiner, and at Catholic Health Initiatives as a registered nurse in behavior health.
Staver's faculty mentors are Drs. Kathleen Hanna and Tiffany Moore.