Barbara Hackley

Barbara Hackley
Associate Professor

Barbara Hackley CNM PhD recently joined the Midwifery Institute at Philadelphia University to help launch the first discipline-specific doctoral program for midwifery in the nation. Over her career, she has served as a faculty member at Georgetown, Columbia, and Yale Universities. 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. More recently, she served as the Director of the Resiliency Initiative, South Bronx Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center in the South Bronx serving one of the poorest Congressional Districts in the nation. In that capacity, she created, implemented, and evaluated programs designed to mitigate toxic stress associated with poverty. 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. Barb is excited to have the opportunity to work together with other members of the Philadelphia and Thomas Jefferson communities to create health care and educational programs that encourage the development of new models of transdisciplinary transformational health care.


  1. Hackley B, Kriebs J eds. Primary Care of Women, 2nd ed. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett; 2017

  2. American College of Nurse Midwives, Appointed Representative, ACOG Maternal Mental Health Workgroup, part of the Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care and the National Partnership for Maternal Safety. May 2015 to May 2016

  3. Hackley B, Kennedy H, Berry D, D'Eramo Melkus, G. (2014) A Mixed-Method Study on Factors Influencing Prenatal Weight Gain in Ethnic-Minority Women. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 59(4): 388-398, doi: 10.1111/jmwh.12170