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

Associate Dean for Global Affairs
Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences
Room 3320A NURS1

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

  • Group Antenatal Care to Promote a Healthy Pregnancy and Optimize Maternal and Newborn Outcomes: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial, NIH/NICHD (PI) 2018-2023.
  • WhatsApp Triage, Referral & Transfer System: Increasing Access & Quality, Grand Challenge Award, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (PI) 2020-2022.


Dr. Jody Lori developed and teaches an inter-professional education course with medicine, pharmacy, and public health in the business school (BA620). 

Affiliations / Service

  • Midwifery Network, World Health Organization Collaborating Centers for Nursing and Midwifery, developed to advocate for midwifery worldwide, 2020-present
  • World Health Organization (WHO), MCA Department and Office of the Chief Nurse, Lead for Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to coordinate 14 WHO Collaborating Centers to review an ANC course/curriculum developed for the AFRO region based on the 2016 WHO Antenatal Care Guidelines, 2018
  • National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Committee on Reproductive Health Services: Assessing the Safety and Quality of Abortion Care, Washington DC, 2016-2018
  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, 2012-present
  • Fellow, American College of Nurse-Midwives, 2010-present
  • Internal Advisory Committee, Center for Global Health Equity, University of Michigan, 2021-present
  • Advisory Board, Center for Global Health Equity, University of Michigan, 2020-2021

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Sarah Goddard Power Award, Academic Women’s Caucus, University of Michigan, 2019


  • 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

  • Lori JR, Munro-Kramer ML, Liu H, McGlasson KL, Zhang X, Lee H, Ngoma T, Kaiser JL, Bwalya M, Musonda G, Sakala I, Perosky JE, Fong RM, Boyd CJ, Chastain P, Rockers PC, Hamer DH, Biemba G, Vian T, Bonawitz R, Lockhart N & Scott NA. (2021). Increasing facility delivery through maternity waiting homes for women living farthest from a health facility in rural Zambia: a quasi-experimental study. BJOG. PMID:33993600. DOI: 10.22541/au.160249344.42235507.

  • Buser J, Cranmer JN, Dzpmeku VM, Ngoma-Hazemba A, Ngabirano T, Bakari A & Lori, JR. The call for global health research mentorship for doctorally prepared nurses in low- and middle-income countries, The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 104(5):1932-1935. PMID: 33755590. PMCID: PMC8103468

  • Buser J, Moyer CA, Boyd CJ, Veliz PT, Zulu D, Ngoma-Hazemba A, Mtenje JT, Jones AD & Lori, JR. (2021).The association between maternity waiting home use and maternal newborn knowledge: latent class analysis Journal of Nursing Measurement. PMID: 33795487. DOI: 10.1891/JNM-D-19-00093.

  • Lee H, Veliz PT, Maffioli, E, Munro-Kramer M, Sakala I, Chioboola NM, Kaunda J, Phiri T & Lori JR. (2021). The role of Savings and Internal Lending Groups (SILCs) in improving household wealth and financial preparedness for birth in rural Zambia.  Health Policy and Planning.

  • Dzomeku, VM, Mensah ABB, Nakua EK, Agbadi, P, Lori JR, Donkor, P. (2021). Midwives’ experiences of implementing respectful maternity care knowledge in daily maternity care practices after participating in a four-day RMC training. BMC Nursing 20, 39,  PubMed PMID: 33691686; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7945050.

  • Beck D, Veliz PT, Munro-Kramer M, Ngoma T, Scott N, Kaiser JL, Musonda G and Lori JR. Homebirth in rural Zambia: the role of intimate partner violence and autonomous decision-making. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health.

  • Moyer CA, Sakyi KS, Sacks E, Compton SD, Lori JR & Williams JEO. (2021). COVID‐19 is increasing Ghanaian pregnant women’s anxiety and reducing healthcare seeking. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics 152(3):444-445. Epub 2020 Dec 10. PubMed PMID: 33222215.

  • Buser J, Munro-Kramer ML, Veliz PT, Zhang X, Lockhart N, Biemba G, Thandiwe N, Scott N & Lori JR. (2021). How maternity waiting home use influences attendance of antenatal and postnatal care. PlosOne, 16(1): e0245893. PubMed PMID: 33481942; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7822518.

  • Buser JM, Moyer CA, Boyd CJ, Zulu D, Ngoma-Hazemba A, Mtenje JT, Jones AD & Lori JR.  (2020). The Association Between Maternity Waiting Home Use and Maternal-Newborn Knowledge: Latent Class Analysis. Journal of Nursing Measurement. PMID: 33795487. DOI: 10.1891/JNM-D-19-00093.

  • Lori, JR & Madigan, E. (2020). Global engagement competencies for PhD nursing students, Journal of Professional Nursing. DOI: PubMed PMID: 33674095.

  • Lee H, Veliz PT, Ray ET, Chioboola NM, Phiri TK, Musonda G, & Lori JR. (2020). Financial preparedness for birth among rural Zambian women Do antenatal care visits make a difference, Maternal Child Health Journal.  DOI: 10.1007/s10995-020-03043-w. PubMed PMID: 33222107.

  • Grenier L, Lori JR, Darney B, Noguchi LM, Maru S, Klima C, Lundeen T, Walker D, Patil C, Suhowatsky S, & Musange S. (2020). Building a global evidence base to guide policy and implementation for group antenatal care in low-and middle-income countries: Key principles and research framework recommendations from the Global Group Antenatal Care Collaborative, Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health 65(5): 694-699.  DOI: . PubMed PMID: 33010115.

  • Lori JR, Perosky JE, Rominski S, Munro-Kramer ML, Cooper F, Kofa A, Nyanplu A, James KH, Cole GG, Coley K, Liu H, & Moyer CA. (2020). Maternity waiting homes in Liberia: results of a countrywide multi-sector scale-up, PlosOne, 15(6): DOI: pone.0234785. PubMed PMID: 32574182; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7310707.

  • Dzomeku VM, Mensah BAB, Nakua EK, Pascal A, Lori JR & Donkor P. (2020). Exploring midwives’ understanding of respectful maternal care in Kumasi, Ghana: Qualitative Inquiry, PlosOne, 15(7): DOI: journal.pone.0220538. PubMed PMID:32644991; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7347175. 

  • Dzomeku, VM, Mensah BAB, Nakua EK, Agbadi, P, Lori JR & Donkor, P.  (2020). Developing a tool for measuring postpartum women’s experiences of respectful maternity care at a tertiary hospital in Kumasi, Ghana, Heliyon, DOI: PubMed PMID:32685719; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7355990.  

  • Buser JM, Moyer CA, Boyd CJ, Zulu D, Ngoma-Hazemba A, Mtenje JT, Jones AD & Lori JR. (2020).  Maternal Knowledge of Essential Newborn Care in Rural Zambia, Health Care for Women International, 1-16. DOI: 10.1080/07399332.2020.1781125. PubMed PMID: 32658563.

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