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Beverly Rossman, PhD, RN

BSN: DePaul University, Chicago, IL

MS: University of Illinois at Chicago, IL

PhD: University of Illinois at Chicago, IL

Dr. Beverly Rossman is a research specialist in the College of Nursing. Her background is in pediatric and labor and delivery nursing with a special emphasis on childbirth education, breastfeeding, and new parent support groups. She also co-founded Parent in Touch, to provide new parents, but particularly new mothers, with a safe haven to come and talk about breastfeeding problems, parenting stress, their own anxieties and whether they were interfering with their parenting behavior and/or their parent-child relationship.

Dr. Rossman has a research program of three separate, but related qualitative studies which have evaluated NICU mothers' and health care providers' perceptions of the breastfeeding peer counselor practice. Dr. Rossman’s peer counselor research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and she has co-authored a book chapter on mother-to-mother support about the Rush Mothers’ Milk Club peer counselors. Her current research is a qualitative study investigating maternal stress/anxiety and becoming a mother as part of a larger study investigating the relationship between mother’s stress/anxiety and maternal role development, parenting, breast milk and infant development in collaboration with Dr. Michelle Greene.