Susan Groth Selected as Fellow of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
May 02, 2012
Susan W. Groth, Ph.D., R.N., W.H.N.P.-B.C.
The University of Rochester School of Nursing is pleased to announce that Susan W. Groth, Ph.D., R.N., W.H.N.P.-B.C., assistant professor of nursing, was recently selected as a 2012 fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
Clinician, educator, and scientist, Groth is widely recognized for nearly two decades of work to improve women’s health, particularly in the area of pregnancy-related obesity. She will be inducted with 42 other nurse practitioner leaders from across the country at the AANP 27th national conference in Orlando, Fla., on June 22.
The AANP established its fellowship program in 2000 to recognize nurse practitioner leaders who have made outstanding contributions to health care through clinical practice, research, education, or policy. Fellows of the AANP take part in an annual “think tank” to strategize about the future of nurse practitioners, and have numerous collaborative opportunities to influence national and global health.
Since 1994, Groth has been providing obstetric and gynecologic care for high-risk girls served by Hillside Family of Agencies and the juvenile justice system. For 15 years she also worked as a women’s health practitioner for St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center in Rochester, where she provided safe, accessible and affordable obstetric and gynecological services to underserved women with minimal resources. Her clinical experiences have not only shaped her career as a patient-oriented researcher, but have made her a highly effective educator and preceptor to hundreds of nursing students over the years.
Groth’s research stems from years of caring for women who expressed difficulties losing weight after their pregnancies, and her desire to prevent the adverse and often long-term effects of weight gain on these mothers and their children. The recipient of the School of Nursing’s 2010 Promising New Investigator Award, her research findings and publications to date have informed the understanding of obesity risk factors in pregnant women at the national and international level.
With funding from the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), Groth is currently engaged in research to identify the genetic and behavioral factors that contribute to weight gain during pregnancy, and explore potential interventions that could prevent obesity in vulnerable populations. Specifically, she has focused her research on the weight gain experienced by African-American women, a demographic with the highest prevalence of obesity. Her study, which began in October 2008, examines how physical activity and weight gain in pregnancy may in fact be affected by the presence of a particular gene. Through focus groups, her research also seeks to improve understanding of how African-American women view diet, physical activity, and gestational weight gain.
Groth is also co-investigator of a separate collaborative study, funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), that is testing an Internet-based intervention to prevent excessive gestational weight gain. She is currently applying for additional funding to build on her research with the long-term goal of integrating the most appropriate interventions into practice.