Emily Dove-Medows, Ph.D., CNM

Assistant Professor
Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership
Room 3345 NURS1

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Telephone: (734) 764-6887


  • Health inequities and racism
  • Maternal and infant health
  • Racial residential segregation

Emily Dove-Medows is a certified nurse midwife and nurse scientist. Her program of research is focused on ending preventable morbidity and mortality related to racism. Her most recent contributions include introducing new qualitative measures of residential segregation and mixed methods studies that explore Black women’s perceptions of neighborhood disorder, discrimination, and preterm birth. Her current work explores communication and perceptions of blame among both maternity care providers and Black women. She is a two-time graduate of Wayne State University where she earned her Master’s and PhD in nursing, as well as a two time graduate of New York University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree from the Gallatin School and the Rory Meyers College of Nursing.

Affiliations / Service

  • Legislative Co-Chair, Michigan Affiliate of the American College of Nurse Midwives


  • Ph.D., Wayne State University, 2021
  • MSN, Wayne State Univeristy, 2011
  • BSN, New York University, 2009
  • BA, New York University, 1999

Publication Highlights

  •  Dove-Medows, E., Thompson, L., McCracken, L., Kavanaugh, K., Misra, D. P., & Giurgescu, C. (2021). I Wouldn’t Let it Get to Me: Pregnant Black Women’s Experiences of Discrimination. MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, in press

  • Dailey, R., Peoples, A., Rengers, B., Wong, A. C., Daughters, K., Price, M., Vaughan, S., Dove-Medows, E., Nowak, A., Zhang, L., Levy, P. D., Misra, D., & Giurgescu, C. (2020). Abstract 15788: Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy in urban black women: The biosocial impact on Black births (BIBB) study. Circulation (New York, N.Y.), 142(Suppl_3 Suppl 3), A15788–A15788.

  • Dove-Medows, E., Deriemacker, A., Dailey, R., Nolan, T.,  Walker, D., Misra, D., Karen Kavanaugh, K,. Giurgescu, C. (2020) Pregnant African American Women’s Perceptions of Neighborhood, Racial Discrimination, and Psychological Distress as Influences on Birth Outcomes. : MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, 45(1), 49–56.

  • Benkert, R., Cuevas, A., Thompson, H. S., Dove-Medows, E., & Knuckles, D. (2019). Ubiquitous Yet Unclear: A Systematic Review of Medical Mistrust. Behavioral Medicine (Washington, D.C.), 45(2), 86–101.