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Dr. D. Elizabeth Jesse (PhD, RN, CNM)

  • Professor
  • Graduate
  • Office: 3160 Health Sciences Building
  • Phone: 744-6384
  • Email: jessed@ecu.edu

Web site:

http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/insightplus

Research Interests

Perinatal Depression, Preterm Birth, Spirituality and Pregnancy

RESEARCH SUPPORT (Recent):

External Funding: 12/1/10-11/30/13 Jesse, D. E., Gaynes, B., Newton, E.R., Bunch, S., Swanson, M.S., Hollon, S., Huenstein, E., A Public Health Program to Reduce Risk of Antepartum Depression., GOV-National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Click link to blog for more information http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/insightplus/



Recent Publications

Proceedings & Abstracts (within last 10 years):

  • Jesse, D. E. Feldhousen, E., King, T., and Faser, K. Lancaster, M. and Love, Z., (2012). Evaluating Technology Tools for Managing a Clinical Trial, 21st Annual Collaborative Research Day, Greenville NC
  • Jesse, D.E., Blanchard, A., Bunch, S. Dolbier, C., Hodgson, J. & Swanson,M. (2010). Recruitment Barriers and Outcomes Of A Pilot Study To Reduce Risk For Antepartum Depression (APD) In A Diverse Group Of Low- Income Women in a Local Health Department, 19th Annual Collaborative Research Day, Greenville NC
  • Jesse, D. E., Blanchard, A., Bunch, S., Dolbier, C., Hodgson, J., Swanson, M.S. (2010) A Pilot Study to Reduce Risk for Antepartum Depression (APD) In a Diverse Group of Women. American College of Nurse-midwives, 55th Annual meeting, Washington, DC (Received award for best research presentation).
  • Jesse, D. E., & Newton, E. R. (2009). "Racial Disparities in Bio-Psychosocial Factors and Spontaneous Preterm Birth among Low-Income Women from Eastern North Carolina," 5th annual Mills Symposium.
  • Jesse, D. E., & Newton, E. R. (2009). "Racial Disparities in Bio-Psychosocial Factors & Spontaneous Preterm Birth Among Rural Low Income." 18th Annual Collaborative Nursing Research Day. 48.
  • Jesse, D. E. (2009). "Translating Research to Prevent Antenatal Depression in a Local Health Department Prenatal Clinic: A Model Approach." 5th annual Mills Symposium.
  • Jesse, D. E. (2008). "Insight: A Pilot Study For Pregnant Low-Income Women With Depressive Symptoms In Rural Eastern North Carolina." 5th annual Mills Symposium.
  • Jesse, D. E. (2008). "Enrollment Barriers And Effectiveness Of Insight: A Pilot Intervention For Women With Depressive Symptoms In Pregnancy." 28th International Confederation of Midwives, Triennial Congress, Glasgow, Scotland.
  • Hutcherson, J., & Jesse, D. E. (2008). "Quality Management Project (QMP): Use of Data from Handheld Computers to Assess Student Midwife Clinical Experiences." 28th annual International Confederation of Midwives, Triennial Congress, Glasgow, Scotland.
  • Jesse, D. E. (2007). "Bowman Grey Risk Index And African-American Race Associated With Preterm Birth In A Group Of Rural Low-Income Women." American College of Nurse-midwives, 52nd Annual meeting, Chicago, Ill. 52: 531-535.
  • Jesse, D. E. (2007). "Translating POP (Psychosocial Obstetrical Profile) Research Results into Practice and Policy." Sigma Theta Tau 18th International Nursing Research Congress Focusing on Evidence-Based Practice.
  • Jesse, D. E. (2007). "Translating POP (Psychological Obstetrical Profile) Research Results into Practice and Policy." Sigma Theta Tau 18th International Nursing Research Congress Focusing on Evidence-Based Practice.
  • Jesse, D. E. (2007). "Bio-Psychosocial-Spiritual Factors Associated with Risk for Depression among Rural Southern Pregnant Women." 8th Annual Women's Health Research Day, University of North Carolina, The North Carolina Program for Women's Health and Research...
  • Jesse, D. E., Dolbier, C., Hodgson, J., Bunch, S., & Blanchard, A. (2007). "Pilot Study of a Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention in Pregnancy for Low-Income Rural Women with Depressive Symptoms." 8th Annual Women's Health Research Day, University of North Carolina, The North Carolina Program for Women's Health and Research...
  • Bagley, R., Hutcherson, J., & Jesse, D. E. (2007). "From Telephone to Blackboard." Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference, Building Connections, UNC, Hilton North Raleigh, NC. 66.
  • Collins, S., Behm, M., Southworth,, Connell, E., & Jesse, D. E. (2007). "Centra Success-Webconferencing E-Learning Platform." Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference, Building Connections, UNC, Hilton North Raleigh, NC.
  • Jesse, D. E., Blanchard, A., Hanley, V., Dennis, T., & Herring, D. (2007). "Collaborative Research to Identify and Intervene with Pregnant Women at Risk for Depression in a Public Health Setting." 16h Annual Collaborative Nursing Research Day.
  • Jesse, D. E. (2007). "Race, Psychosocial, and Spiritual Factors Associated with Depressive Symptoms among Rural Southern Pregnant Women." Southern Nurses Research Society (SNRS)
  • Jesse, D. E., Blanchard, A., & Dolbier, C. (2006). "Focus Groups: Coping with feelings during Pregnancy." Proceedings 15th Annual Collaborative Research Day Greenville NC. 60.
  • Jesse, D. E., Blackman, J., Nguyen, J., & Swanson, M. (2005). "Influence of Depressive Symptoms and Substance Use On Breastfeeding Initiation." Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health. 50: 439.
  • Jesse, D. E., Blackman, J., Nguyen, J., & Swanson, M. (2005). "Influence of Depressive Symptoms and Substance Use on Breastfeeding Initiation." 14th Annual Collaborative Research Day, East Carolina School of Nursing. 44.
  • Jesse, D. E., Taleff, J., Hutcherson, J., Payne, P., & Lang, J. (2005). "Reusable Units of Learning: An Innovative Teaching Strategy for Online Nurse-Midwifery Education." 27th Annual Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives. 129.
  • Jesse, D. E., & Friend, T. (2005). "Embracing the Role of Peer Critique in a Community of Midwifery Science (COMS)" Proceedings American College of Nurse-midwives, 50th Annual meeting, Washington, DC. 23.
  • Jesse, D. E., Taleff, J., Hutcherson, J., Payne, P., & Lang, J. (2005). "Reusable Learning Units: Maximizing the Efficient Use of Faculty and Educational Resources." Teaching with Technology 2005: A Think-In of Best Practices. 12.
  • Jesse, D. E., Schoneboom, C., & Blanchard, A. (2005). "Content Analysis of the Spiritual Domain of the HOPE Theory." Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health. 50: 442.
  • Jesse, D. E. (2004). "It Keeps Me Calm, Lifts My Spirit, and Lets Me Know There Is a Brighter Day." 13th Annual Collaborative Research Day, East Carolina School of Nursing, Greenville, NC. 50.
  • Jesse, D. E. (2004). "Psychosocial Risks and Resources Associated with Smoking and Substance Use during Pregnancy among African American and Caucasian Low-Income Women in t." Journal of Midwifery and Womens Health (JMWH) 49: 463.
  • Jesse, D. E. (2004). "It Keeps Me Calm, Lifts My Spirit, and Lets Me Know There is." Conference Proceedings: American College of Nurse-midwives, 49th Annual meeting, New. 589.
  • Jesse, D. E. (2003). "It keeps Me Calm, Lifts My Spirits, and Lets Me know There is a Brighter Day." Proceedings of the 13th Annual Collaborative Research Day. Abstract: 1.
  • Jesse, D. E. (2003). "Prevalence, Predictors, and Correlates of Depressive Symptoms in Pregnancy with African-American and Caucasion Low-Income Women." American College of Nurse-Midwives, 48th Annual Meeting, Palm Desert CA. 337.
  • Jesse, D. E. (2003). "Maternal Spirituality, Stress, and Health Risk Behaviors in a Group of Women from Appalachia." Midwest Nurses Research Society (MNRS), 27th Annual Research Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.
  • Jesse, D. E. (2002). "Effects of Spirituality, Religiosity, and Psychosocial Well-Being on Health Risk Behaviors among Pregnant Women from Appalacia." Women of Appalachia: Their Heritage and Accomplishments.
  • Jesse, D. E. (2002). "Screening for Depression in Pregnancy with Low-Income African-American and Caucasion Women." American College of Nurse-Midwives, 47th Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA. 355.
  • Jesse, D. E. (2002). "Low Self-esteem and Negative Perception of Pregnancy: Determinants of Preterm Birth in a Holistic Investigation." International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), Vienna, Austria.
  • Jesse, D. E. (2002). "Screening for Psychosocial Health in Pregnancy: Differences Between a Medicaid Managed Care Group and a Privately Insured Group in Appalachia." Midwest Nurses Research Society (MNRS), Chicago, Illinois. 96.

Journal Articles (within last 10 years):

    • Loury, S. Jesse, D.E., Wu, Q.(2011) Binge Drinking Among Male Mexican Immigrants in Rural North Carolina. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 13(4), 664-70.
    • Jesse, D. E., Blanchard, A., Bunch, S., Dolbier, C., Hodgson, J., Swanson, M.S. (2010). A pilot study to reduce risk for antepartum depression among women in a public health prenatal clinic, Issues in Mental Health   Nursing, 31, 355-364
    • Jesse, D. E., Morrow, J., Dennis, T., & Herring, D. (2009). Translating Research to Prevent Antenatal Depression in a Public Health Prenatal Clinic: A Model Approach. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 15: 160-166.
    • Jesse, D. E., Swanson, M. S., Newton, E. R., & Morrow, J. (2009). Racial Disparities in Bio-Psychosocial Factors And Spontaneous Preterm Birth Among Rural Low Income Women.Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health. 54: 35-42.
    • Blanchard, A., Hodgson, J., Gunn, W., Jesse, D. E., & White, M. (2009). Pregnancy Turns Up the Volume: Understanding Social Support and the Couple's Relationship among Women with Depressive Symptoms in Pregnancy. Issues in Mental Health Nursing. (in press).
    • Jesse, D. E., Blanchard, A., bunch, S., Dolbier, C., & Swanson, M. S. (2009). A pilot study to reduce risk for antepartum depression among women in a public health prenatal clinic.Issues in Mental Health Nursing. (in press).
    • Jesse, D. E., Dolbier, C. L., & Blanchard, A. (2008). Barriers to Seeking Help and Treatment Suggestions for Prenatal Depressive Symptoms: Focus Groups with Rural Low-Income Women. Issues in Mental Health Nursing. 29: 39891.
    • Jesse, D. E., & Swanson, M. S. (2007). Risks and Resources Associated with Antepartum Risk for Depression among Rural Southern Women. Nursing Research. 56: 378-386.
    • Jesse, D. E., Schoneboom, C., & Blanchard, A. (2007). The Effect of Faith or Spirituality in Pregnancy: A Content Analysis. Journal of Holistic Nursing. 25: 151-8.
    • Jesse, D. E., Taleff, J., Payne, P., Cox, R., & Steele, L. (2006). Reusable Units of Learning: An Innovative Teaching Strategy for Online Nursing Education. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship. 3: article 28.
    • Jesse, D. E., Graham, M., & Swanson, M. (2006). Psychological and Spiritual Factors Associated with Smoking and Substance Use during Pregnancy in African-American and Caucasian Low-Income Women. JOGNN Journal of Obstetrics Gynecology and Neonatal Nursing. 35: 68-77.
    • Jesse, D. E., Walcott-McQuigg, J., Mariella, A., & Swanson, M. (2005). Risks and protective factors associated with symptoms of depression in low-income African American and Caucasian women during pregnancy. Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health. 50: 405-410.
    • Jesse, D. E., & Graham, M. F. (2005). Are You Often Sad and Depressed?: Brief Measures to Identify Women at Risk for Depression in Pregnancy. MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs. 30: 40-45.
    • Jesse, D. E., & Reed, P. (2004). Effects of Spirituality and Psychosocial Well-Being on Health Risk Behaviors in Appalachian Pregnant Women, JOGNN Journal Obstetric Gynecologic and Neonatal Nurses. 33: 739-747.
    • Jesse, D. E., & Blue, C. (2004). Mary Breckinridge Meets Healthy People 2010: A Teaching Strategy for Visioning and Building Healthy Communities. Journal of Midwifery and Womens Health (JMWH) 49: 126-131.
    • Jesse, D. E., & Furner, P. (2003). Prenatal Screening and Interventions for Women at Risk for Preterm Birth and Low Birth Weight: A Holistic Approach. Sigma Theta Tau International: Online Case Study Continuing Education Program.
    • Jesse, D. E., Seaver, W. E., & Wallace, D. (2003). Maternal Psychosocial Risks Predict Preterm Birth with a Group of Women from Appalachia. Midwifery an International Journal.29: 191-202.
    • Jesse, D. E. (2003). Prenatal Psychosocial Needs: Differences Between a TENNCARE Group and a Privately Insured Group in Appalachia. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 14: 39828.
    • Jesse, D. E., Wallace, D. C., & Seaver, W. (2002). A Holistic Approach to Risk Screening in Pregnancy with Appalachian Women. Journal of Holistic Nursing. 20: 133-151.
    • Jesse, D. E., & Alligood, M. (2002). Holistic Obstetrical Problem Evaluation (HOPE): Testing a Theory to Predict Birth Outcomes in a Group of Women from Apalachia. Health Care for Women International. 23: 587-599.

    Books & Book Chapters (within last 10 years):

    • Jesse, D.E. (2010). Watson’s Philosophy and Science of Caring in Nursing Practice, In M.R. Alligood & A.M. Tomey, A.M. Nursing theorists and their work (7th ed. pp. 91-112). St. Louis: Mosby, Inc.
    • Jesse, D.E. (2010). Watson’s Theory of Transpersonal Caring in Nursing Practice, In M.R. Alligood & A.M. Tomey, Nursing theory: Utilization & application (4th ed. pp.111-135) St. Louis: Mosby, Inc.
    • Jesse, D. E. (2008). Watson's Philosophy in Nursing Practice. In Nursing theory: Utilization & application 3rd ed. (pp. pp 91-115). Milano, Italy: McGraw-Hill.
    • Jesse, D. E. (2006). Watson's Philosophy in Nursing Practice. In Nursing Theory: Utilization and Application (pp. 97-121). St. Louis: Mosby Elsevier.