Azza H. Ahmed, DNSc, RN, IBCLC, CPNP, FAAN


Post-Masters Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certificate, Purdue University
Doctor of Nursing Science, University of Cairo, Egypt
Masters in Nursing Science, University of Cairo, Egypt
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Cairo, Egypt

Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant


Dr. Ahmed’s research program is focused on breastfeeding promotion, education, and support. She collaborated to develop and test interventions that support and improve breastfeeding outcomes among vulnerable populations specifically preterm infants and low-income families using technology and digital healthShe developed a comprehensive tele-lactation system and integrated videoconferencing and testedits effect in improving breastfeeding outcomesand maternal mental health. Over the last several yearsher interprofessional research collaboration has focused on studying biobehavioral factors that affect delayed lactogenesis II and breastfeeding outcomesspecifically sleep disturbance among pregnant women and the risk of delayed lactation among socioeconomically disadvantaged women. Dr. Ahmed is also interested in improving breastfeeding education among health professionals.She has been recognized for her research and services nationally and Internationally through the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing’s Audrey Hepburn Award for the Contribution for the Health and Welfare of Children, Excellence in Nursing Research Award from Delta Omicron Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International, and Tony and Mary Hulman Health Achievement Award in the field of Health Science Research, Indiana Public Health Association. She was inducted as a fellow for the American Academy of Nursing in 2019.

Dr. Ahmed teaches Theoretical Constructs in Nursing, Socio-Cultural Influences on Health, Collaboration Seminar for graduate students.

Area(s) of Specialization

Health and Healthcare for Children and Families

Sociocultural Nursing

Pediatric Nursing

Recent Publications:

1. Ahmed, A. H., & Rojjanasrirat, W. (2021). Breastfeeding outcomes, self-efficacy, and satisfaction among low-income women with late-preterm, early-term, and full-term Infants. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing: JOGNN, 50(5), 583596.

Ahmed, A. (2020). The International Code of Marketing Human Milk Substitutes: Update on the Global Implementation, Commentary. Journal of Human Lactation, 36(4):803-807.doi: 10.1177/0890334420950258.Epub 2020 Aug 27.

Wang, E., Ahmed, A., Liu, M., & Richards, L. (2021). Lifestyle intervention’s effect and predictive value on weight loss for university employees. Western Journal of NursingResearch, 43(4) 347355.

4. Casey, T., Hui. S., Suarez-Trujillo, A. M., Crodian, J., Dowden, S., Cummings, S., PlautK., Haas, D., Zhang, L., and Ahmed, A. (2020). Pregnancy rest-activity patterns are related to salivary cortisol rhythms and maternal-fetal health indicators in women from a disadvantaged population. PLOS One, 3;15(3):e0229567.doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0229567.eCollection 2020.

5. Wang, E., Abrahamson, K., Ahmed, A., & Liu, M. (2019). Can mobile technology improve weight loss in overweight adults? A systematic review. Western Nursing Research Journal.Nov 25:193945919888224. doi: 10.1177/0193945919888224. [Epub ahead of print]

6. Casey, T., Hui, S., Burgess, H.J., Crodian, J., Dowden, S., Cummings, S., Plaut K., Haas, D., Zhang, L., & Ahmed, A. (2019). Delayed lactogenesis II is associated with lower sleep efficiency and greater variation in nightly sleep duration in the third trimester. Journal of Human Lactation, 35(4):713-724. doi: 10.1177/0890334419830991.

7. Ahmed, A. & Roumani, A.(2020). Interactive Web-based breastfeeding monitoring improves maternal self-efficacy and satisfaction. The American Journal of Maternal Child Health Journal, MCN, 45(6), 357-363. DOI:10.1097/NMC.0000000000000658

8. Sorg, M., Coddington, J., Ahmed, A., & Richards, L. (2019). Improving postpartum depression screening in pediatric primary care: A quality improvement project. Journal Pediatric Nursing, 46, 83-88. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2019.03.001

9. Ahmed, A., Hui, S., Crodian, J., Plaut, K., Haas, D., Zahang, L., & Casey, T. (2019). Relationship between sleep quality, depression symptoms, and blood glucose in pregnant women. Western Nursing Research Journal, 41(9), 1222-1240. doi: 10.1177/019394591880971

10. Miller-Graff, L., Ahmed, A., & Paulson, J. (2018). Intimate partner violence and breastfeeding outcomes in a sample of low-income women. Journal of Human Lactation, 34(3), 494-502. doi: 10.1177/0890334418776217. Epub 2018 Jun 21.

11. Alvar, C., Coddington, J., Foli, K. & Ahmed, A. (2018). Depression in the school-aged child with type 1 diabetes: Implications for pediatric primary care providers.Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 32(1), 43-52. doi: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2017.07.002.

12. Spahr, M., Coddington, J., Ahmed, A., & Jones, E. (2017). Parental opioid abuse: Barriers to care, policy, and implications for primary care pediatric providers.Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 31(6):695-702. doi: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2017.05.007. Epub 2017 Jul 29.Full publications and CV: upon request.
Ahmed, Azza H.
Associate Professor

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