Jody R. Lori, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN

Jody Lori

Associate Dean for Global Affairs
Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences
Room 3320A 400NIB

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

Telephone: (734) 763-0097
Fax: (734) 615-9771
Jody Lori is accepting new PhD students.


  • Global health
  • Reproductive rights
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Community-based participatory research

Dr. Lori is Director, PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center.

Dr. Lori’s program of research contributes to the design and testing of innovative models of care to improve maternal and newborn health in areas of the world challenged by a lack of human resources, long distances to care, and cultural, gender, and socio-economic barriers. The design of the interventions utilizes a human rights framework to tackle the intractable problems of preventable maternal and newborn death through strengthening health systems and influencing reproductive health policy. Her research has contributed to the development of models of care to reduce the burden of maternal and newborn mortality on individuals, their families, and society through a program of participatory action research in low-resource countries.

The key policy issues driving her research are the 300,000 maternal deaths, 2.6 million stillbirths, and 2.8 million neonatal deaths that occur each year worldwide – with the vast majority occurring in low resource countries. Funding for her program of research has come from diverse intramural and extramural sources including the National Institutes of Health/Fogarty International Center, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), multiple private foundations including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ELMA, and Merck for Mothers. She has extensive field work experience in Ghana, Guatemala, Ethiopia, Liberia, Mexico, and Zambia.

Current Research Grants and Programs

  • The Zambian Maternity Homes (ZaMs) Project: Phase 2 Implementation and Evaluation, Merck for Mothers, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and ELMA Foundation, Phase II funding. (PI) 2015-2018.
  • The Last Mile: A Retrospective Study of the Impact of Maternity Waiting Homes Using Geographic Information System Mapping, University of Michigan Office of Research, (PI), 2016-2017.


Dr. Jody Lori has developed two undergraduate elective courses, Perspectives in Global Health (N420) and Introduction to Global health: Issues and Challenges (N421) to introduce students to global heath concepts. N421 provides students with an opportunity for a supervised international experience in a low or middle resource country focused on the global and public health concepts of health promotion and risk reduction. With a core group of faculty, she developed the Global Health Minor for undergraduates and the Global Health Concentration for graduate students. 

Affiliations / Service

  • Advisory Council, Centering Healthcare Institute International, 2016-present
  • Executive Committee, African Studies Center, University of Michigan, 2015-present
  • Advisory Board, Global REACH, Medical School, University of Michigan, 2014-present
  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, 2012-present
  • Fellow, American College of Nurse-Midwives, 2010-present
  • Member, Global Nursing and Health Expert Panel, American Academy of Nursing
  • USAID/Saving Lives at Birth – ad hoc reviewer, Grand Challenges Awards, 2015

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Excellence in Policy Writing Award, Nursing Outlook, American Academy of Nursing, 2016
  • Faculty Advisor, Honors Student Best Research Paper Award, University of Michigan Undergraduate Honors Program, 2014
  • Harriet H. Werley New Investigator Award, Midwest Nursing Research Society, 2012
  • Excellence in Nursing Research Award, Sigma Theta Tau, 2011
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, American College of Nurse-Midwives, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002


  • AACN Wharton Executive Leadership Program, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2015
  • PhD, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 2009
  • MS, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1992
  • BSN, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI ,1980

Publication Highlights

  • Moyer, CA, Rominski, S, Nakua, EK, Dzomeku, VM, Agyei-Baffour, P, Lori, JR. (2016). Exposure to disrespectful patient care during training: Data from midwifery students at 15 midwifery schools in Ghana, Midwifery, 41: 39-44.

  • Buser, JM & Lori, JR. (2016). Newborn outcomes and maternity waiting homes: A scoping review, Maternal & Child Health. DOI 10.1007/s10995-016-2162-2

  • • Rominski-Danielson, S, Lori, JR, Moyer, C, Dzomeku, Nakua, E. (2016). “When the baby remains there for a long time it is going to die so you have to hit her small for the baby to come out”: Justification of disrespectful and abusive care during childbirth among midwifery students in Ghana, Health Policy and Planning, doi: 10.1093/heapol/czw114

  • Lori, JR, Munro, ML, Mdluli, EA, Musonda, GK, Boyd, CJ. (2016). Developing a community driven sustainable model of maternity waiting homes for rural Zambia, Midwifery, 41: 89-95.

  • Rominski-Danielson, S, Moyer, C, Dzomeku, Nakua, E & Lori, JR. (2016). What makes a willing abortion provider? Evidence from a nation-wide survey of final-year students at Ghana's public midwifery training colleges, Contraception, 93(3):226-32. doi:10.1016/j.contraception.2015.11.007

  • Beck, DC, Choi, KR, Munro-Kramer, ML & Lori, JR. (2016). Human trafficking in Ethiopia: A scoping review to identify gaps in service delivery, research, and policy, Trauma, Violence & Abuse, doi: 10.1177/1524838016641670

  • Lori, JR, McCullagh, M, Krueger, A & Oteng, R. (2016). Sharps injuries among emergency department nurses in one tertiary care hospital in Ghana, International Emergency Nursing,

  • Lori JR, Munro ML, Chuey MR. (2016). Use of a facilitated discussion model for antenatal care to improve communication. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 54: 84. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2015.03.018. PubMed PMID: 25862409; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4592694.

  • Bell, SA, Lori, JR, Redman, R, Johnson, T & Seng, J. (2015). Psychometric Validation and Comparison of the Self Reporting Questionnaire-20 and Self Reporting Questionnaire-Suicide Ideation and Behavior Among Congolese Refugee Women, Journal of Nursing Measurement, 23(3):393-408. doi:10.1891/1061-3749.23.3.393.

  • Rominski, S, Lori, JR, Tadesse, L & Fisseha, S. (2015). Willingness to provide comprehensive abortion services and knowledge of the abortion law in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. International Journal of Nursing and Midwifery, 7(11):168-74. doi:105897/IJNM2015.0189.

  • Lori JR, Rominski SD, Perosky JE, Munro ML, Williams G, Bell SA, Nyanplu AB, Amarah PN, Boyd CJ. (2015). A case series study on the effect of Ebola on facility-based deliveries in rural Liberia. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth, 15(1):254. doi: 10.1186/s12884-015-0694-x. PubMed PMID: 26459295. PubMEd Central PMCID: PMC 4603295.

  • Perosky, JE, Munro, ML, Kay, JL, Nyanplu, A, Williams, G Andreatta, PB, & Lori, JR. (2015). Texting from the Bush: Data Collection using SMS Text Messaging in Areas of Low Network Coverage from Low-Literacy Providers, Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives.

  • Bell SA, Lori J, Redman R, Seng J. (2015). Development of a brief screening tool for women's mental health assessment in refugee settings: A psychometric evaluation. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 52(7):1202-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2015.04.003. PubMed PMID: 25892280.

  • Lori JR, Stalls S, Rominski SD. (2015). Strengthening midwifery to end preventable maternal, child, and newborn deaths. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 60(4):343-7. doi: 10.1111/jmwh.12341. PubMed PMID: 26255797; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4533120.

  • Bell SA, Lori J, Redman R, Seng J. (2015). Understanding the effects of mental health on reproductive health service use: a mixed methods approach. Health Care for Women International, 18:1-22. doi: 10.1080/07399332.2015.1061525. PubMed PMID: 26086238.

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