Joyce Adams in Africa sitting next to a mother holding an infant

Yenupini Joyce Adams


Yenupini Joyce Adams is an Assistant Professor of the Practice and the Global Maternal Research Lead for the Eck Institute for Global Health at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to joining the Eck Institute, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Global Health in the Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame. Adams was previously an Assistant Professor in the WellStar School of Nursing at Kennesaw State University. She received her Ph.D. in Nursing Science from Michigan State University College of Nursing and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The ‘joy of childbirth,’ for many women and their families, is overshadowed by the ‘fear of childbirth.’

Adams’ research addresses maternal health disparities that lead to mortality. More specifically, her research is dedicated to improving postpartum health outcomes among women most vulnerable to maternal mortality. She is highly motivated and passionate about using research interventions to improve maternal health, promote safe motherhood, and decrease maternal mortality and morbidity among vulnerable populations in the United States, and in Sub-Saharan Africa where the burden of maternal mortality is most severe. Her current research builds on her various experiences in maternal health research and her previous experience as a mother/baby nurse. As PI and Co-I on multiple projects, she has experience conducting patient-focused research examining both patient and healthcare facility factors that influence access to quality postpartum care and education. She is focused on developing interventions that can be scaled-up and adopted into existing systems of care to improve maternal health, promote safe motherhood, and decrease maternal mortality and morbidity.

Recognitions and Awards

Adams was the recipient of the 2020 New Investigator Award by the Midwest Nursing Research Society women’s health and transitions in childbearing research interest group. She was also a recipient of the AACN/Johnson & Johnson Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars Award by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2013).

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Courses Offered

  • Women & Health in Global Context: Key Issues Across the Lifespan
  • Global Safe Motherhood
  • Health, Culture & Society