Barbara Hackley, PhD, CNM

Associate Professor

Barbara Hackley, PhD, CNM


130 S 9th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Barbara Hackley, PhD, CNM

Associate Professor


PhD, University of Arizona College of Nursing, Tucson, AZ - 2014
MS, Columbia University, New York, NY - 1980
BSN, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI - 1976



American College of Nurse Midwives


  • Division of Research Award for Best Research Poster Presentation. Hackley B, Hoffman A, Stange M, Kavanaugh M, Ruiz M, Rodriguez K, Frank R, Shapiro A. Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond: Addressing Social Determinants of Health Across the Care Continuum. ACNM Annual Meeting. May 31, 2020. Austin TX.
  • ACNM Fellows Award, May 2019
  • ACNM Excellence in Teaching Award, Jefferson University, Midwifery Institute, 2018
  • Mary Opal Wolantin Graduating Doctoral Student Award, University of Arizona College of Nursing, December 2014

Research & Clinical Interest

Barbara Hackley, CNM PhD, launched the first discipline-specific doctoral program for midwifery in the nation at Jefferson in 2017. Over her career, she has been the recipient of numerous awards recognizing her teaching abilities, scholarly work, and clinical expertise in expanding critical services such as mental health care, immunizations, asthma care, and obesity management to pregnant and postpartum women. In her clinical work at a Federally Qualified Health Center in the South Bronx, she created, implemented, and evaluated programs within the Resiliency Initiative, a continuum of care for pregnant women and young families challenged by poverty and systemic inequities. Key elements of the Resiliency Initiative, a collaboration between nutrition, mental health, obstetric, and pediatric providers, include screening for social determinants of health in prenatal and pediatric care, group perinatal care, linkages to community services, and maternal-infant dyadic therapy. Preliminary results of these programs are promising, showing less maternal anxiety in pregnancy, greater parental responsiveness, and lower rates of obesity in children at age 2 years who were enrolled in group care compared to children in individual care. 

Focus Areas

  • Parental responsiveness
  • Obesity
  • Maternal anxiety and depression
  • Healthy child development