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MaryAnn Bozzette MaryAnn Bozzette, PhD, RN

Associate Professor

217 Seton Hall
College of Nursing, South Campus

Phone: 314-516-6069
Fax: 314-516-7093

MaryAnn Bozzette has expertise in high-risk infants and children and their families. Her research interests include social and perceptual development of premature infants, attachment relationships, breastfeeding, and parenting behavior. Her research to date has focused on responses of premature infants to mother’s voice and development of early communication skills. She currently has a funded project to examine transitioning premature infants to direct exclusive breastfeeding in the NICU.


  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, D'Youville College, Buffalo, New York
  • Master in Parent and Child Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Research Interests

  • Interventions for premature infants.
  • Social and perceptual development of high risk infants
  • Parent-infant interaction, Attachment, Breastfeeding.

Selected Grants

  • "Transcranial Doppler Investigation of Neonate Arterial Cerebral Blood Flow Velocity." Principle investigator. Pilot study funded by ASU Center for Health Promotion for Children, Teens and Families, $10,000, 2006-2009.
  • "Physiologic Responses of Preterm Infants to Mother's Voice," Principle investigator, funded by UIC Center for Reducing Risks in Vulnerable Populations, (NIH/National Institute for Nursing Research) P30 NR07812, $10,000, 2004-2006.
  • "Development of Communication in Preterm Infants", Principle Investigator, Diane Holditch-Davis, Mentor, K01 Mentored Research Career Award funded by National Institute for Nursing Research.
  • NR000138 $550,000, 1999-2002 No cost extension, 2002-2004.
  • "Premature Infants Responses to Taped Maternal Voice", Maryann Bozzette, Dissertation, Susan Blackburn, Chair. National Research Service Award (NRSA), funded by NINR, 1994-1997.
  • AWHONN Research Grant, “Transitioning premature infants to direct exclusive breastfeeding”, funded 2016, $10.000
  • University of Missouri, St. Louis Research Board, “Transitioning premature infants to direct exclusive breastfeeding”, funded 2016, $9,261

Selected Publications

  • Bozzette, M., Holditch-Davis, D. (2016). A preliminary study of depressive symptoms in mothers of 3-year-old prematurely born children. Children's Health Care.
  • Bozzette, M., Posner, T. W. A. (2013). Increasing student nurses’ knowledge of breastfeeding in baccalaureate education. Nurse Education in Practice, 13, 228-232.
  • Bozzette, M. (2011). Overcoming challenges for nurse-led research in the neonatal intensive care unit. Journal of Perinatal Neonatal Nursing, 2, 153-157.
  • Bozzette, M. (2008). Patterns of early communication between preterm infants and their mothers. Early Childhood Services, 2, 21-31.
  • Bozzette, M. (2008). Healthy preterm infant responses to taped maternal voice. Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing, 44, 307-316.
  • Marecki, M.A., Bozzette, M. (2008). Infection in the perinatal period. The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing, 22, 173-174.
  • Bozzette, M. (2007). A review of the research on premature infant-mother interaction. Neonatal and Infant Nursing Reviews, 7, 49-55.
  • Shin Y., Bozzette, M., Kenner, C. Kim T-I. (2004). Evaluation of Korean newborns with the Brazelton Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale. Journal of Obstetrical, Gynecological & Neonatal Nursing, 33, 589-596.

Selected Presentations

  • "Research on Late Preterm Infants" International Conference of Neonatal Nursing, Belfast, Ireland, September, 2013.
  • "Depressive Symptoms in Mother of Prematurely Born 3 Year Old Children", Western Institute of Nursing, Salt Lake City, Utah, April, 2009.
  • "Salivary Cortisol Response in Preterm Infants to Mother’s Voice". Western Institute of Nursing Portland, OR, April, 2007.
  • "Observation of Early Communication between full term infant and mothers", Symposium on Maternal and infant characteristics: Data-based recommendations for practice. National Congress on the State of the Science in Nursing Research (CANS), Washington, DC, October, 2006.
  • "Hybrid Online Neonatal Nursing Education: Best of Both Worlds-The ASU Experience", Neonatal Advanced Practice Nursing Forum, Washington DC, May 2006.
  • "Parenting the Premature Infant", Neonatal/Pediatric Symposium, Phoenix, AZ, May 2006.
  • "Patterns of Interactive Communication between Preterm Infants and Their Mothers", Sigma theta Tau, Beta Upsilon Chapter, April 2005.

Other Scholarly Activities

  • National Research Review Committee, AWHONN 2009-2012.
  • Sigma Theta Tau Alpha Sigma Chapter secretary, 2013.
  • STT Alpha Lambda Chapter Board member, 2002-2004.
  • STT Alpha Lambda Chapter, Board secretary, 2004.
  • Lactation Counselor Certification 2015
  • Perinatal Mood Disorder: Components of Care 2015
  • National Institute of Health
  • Summer Genetics Institute 2015

Honors and Awards

  • Professional Nurse Traineeship
  • Nursing scholarship, Puget Sound Chapter, March of Dimes Foundation
  • Developmental Science Institute
  • Junior Faculty Development Award
  • Sigma Theta Tau
  • National Association of Neonatal Nurses
  • International Society for Infant Studies Association for Women’s Health, Obstetrical and Neonatal Nursing
  • March of Dimes Margaret Comer Ford Freda, "Saving Babies, Together®" Award
  • Sigma Theta Tau
  • National Association of Neonatal Nurses
  • International Society for Infant Studies
  • Association for Women’s Health, Obstetrical and Neonatal Nursing


  • Sigma Theta Tau
  • National Association of Neonatal Nurses
  • International Society for Infant Studies
  • Association for Women’s Health, Obstetrical and Neonatal Nursing