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Joan E. Dodgson, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN

Patricia and James R. Hemak Endowed Professor in Maternal Child Nursing Research

Courses Taught

My areas of teaching are health disparities, lactation and research methods.


  • Monroe Community College, NY, Associate Degree in Nursing
  • Empire College, NY, Bachelor of Science (LA)
  • University of California Los Angeles, Masters of Nursing (MCH)
  • University of Minnesota, Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing)
  • University of Minnesota, Masters Public Health (MCH)

Research Interests

  • 2015 - 2016 Breastfeeding Experiences of Cambodian Women. Funding: Southwest Clinical Lactation Education Program; $3,000.
  • 2013 - 2016 Changing the Trajectories of Chronic Illness among Native Hawaiians. Funding: National Institute of Minority Health & Health Disparities [5R24MD008103] $250,000 x 3 yrs. 
  • 2014 - 2016 Arizona Lactation Consultant Survey. Unfunded.
  • 2013 - 2015 Japanese Nursing Students' Perceptions of Foreign Educators. Funded: Saku University, Japan USD $58,000. 
  • 2012 - 2013 Pediatrician's Compliance with the WHO Code in Maricopa County. Unfunded.
  • 2007- 2011 A perinatal risk reduction intervention with Native Hawaiian women [1R21NR010218]. Funding: National Institute of Nursing Research; $330,000/3 years.

Publications and Media Placements


  • Dodgson, J. E. (2016). Walking the Talk. [Editorial] Journal of Human Lactation. 32(3). 1.
  • Dodgson, J. E. (2016). Transitions. [Editorial] Journal of Human Lactation. 32(2), 1.

Refereed Research

  • Tarrant, M. Lok, K.Y.W., Tak, D. T., Fong,, Wu, K. M., Lee, I. L. Y., Sham, A., Lam, C., Bai, D. I., Wong, K. L., Wong, E. M. Y., Noel P. T. Chan, N. P. T. & Dodgson, J.E. (2016). Impact on Baby-Friendly Hospital practices when hospitals stop accepting free infant formula from manufacturers. Journal of Human Lactation, 32 (2), 238-249. 
  • Yuen, C., Dodgson, J. E. & Tarrant, M. (2016). Perceptions of Hong Kong Chinese women toward influenza vaccination during pregnancy. Vaccine, 34, 33-40.
  • Joseph, R., Keller, C., Ainsworth, B. & Dodgson, J. E. (2015). Barriers to physical activity among African American women: An integrative review of the literature. Women and Health, 55 (6), 679-699. 
  • Tarrant, M., Lok, K.Y.W., Fong, D.Y.T., Lee, I.L.Y., Sham, A., Lam, C., Wu, Wong, E. M. Y., Bai1, D.L. & Dodgson, J. E. (2015) Free infant formula, in-hospital formula supplementation and breastfeeding duration in Hong Kong: A quasi-experimental study. Public Health Nutrition, 18(14), 2689-2699. 
  • Benitez, T. J., Dodgson, J. E., Coe, K. & Keller, K. (2015). Utility of acculturation in physical activity in Latinas: An integrative review of literature. Health Education & Behavior, 43(3) 256 -270.
  • Oneha, M.F. & Dodgson, J. E. (2014) Lessons learned: Refining the research infrastructure at community health centers. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 8 (1) 61-65. NOTE: This article was chosen to be accompanied by a podcast (12.12.13). Only one article per issue is chosen. Transcript published see non-referred publications.
  • Tarrant, M., Dodgson, J.E. & Wu K.M. (2014) Factors contributing to early cessation of breastfeeding in Hong Kong: An exploratory study. Midwifery, 30(10), 1088-95.
  • Dodgson, J. E., Oneha, M. F. & Choi, M. (2014). Predictors of PTSD in high-risk prenatal Native Hawaiian women. Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, 4(59), 494-502.
  • Dodgson, J. E., Bloomfield, M. & M. Choi. (2014) Are college students' beliefs about infant feeding evidence-based? Nursing Education Today, 34, 92-99 (published on-line 3.27.13).
  • Dodgson, J. E., Watkins, A. L., Bond, A. B., Kintaro -Tagaloa, C., Arellano, A. & Allred, P. (2014) Compliance with the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes: An observational study of pediatricians' waiting rooms. Breastfeeding Medicine, 9(3), 135-141.

Book Chapters

  • Watkins, A. L. & Dodgson, J. E. (2016). Chapter 9: Challenges of multidisciplinary breastfeeding education: Culture, class and power. In M. Labbok & P. Hall-Smith Advancing Breastfeeding: Forging Partnerships for a Better Tomorrow. Praeclarus Press. pp. 71-78.
  • Dodgson J.E. (2012) Chapter 21: Race, racism and breastfeeding. In P. Hall-Smith, B. L. Hausman & M. Labbok. Beyond Health, Beyond Choice: Breastfeeding Constraints and Realities. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. Pp. 74-83.
  • Dodgson, J. E. (2011). Chapter 22: The co-creating environment: A nexus between classical Chinese philosophy and current nursing theories. In P. G. Reed & N. B. Shearer, Perspectives on Nursing Theory (6th Ed.). New York: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Pp. 178-184.

Honors and Awards

  • Editor in Chief Journal of Human Lactation
  • Fellow American Academy of Nursing
  • Delegate United States Breastfeeding Committee
  • Board of Directors Saint Louis Breastfeeding Coalition

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • American Nurses Association
  • Council on the Advancement of Nursing Science
  • International Academy of Nursing Editors
  • International Lactation Consultant Association 
  • Sigma Theta Tau International: International Nursing Honor Society (member 1986-present)