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Panelist: Susan W. Groth, PhD
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Susan W. Groth, PhD

University of Rochester Associate Professor
Registered Nurse
Women's Health Nurse Practitioner - Board Certified
Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

A clinician, educator, and scientist, UR School of Nursing associate professor Susan W. Groth, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FAANP, is widely recognized for nearly two decades of work to improve women’s health, particularly in the area of pregnancy-related obesity.

Groth provided obstetric and gynecologic care for high-risk girls served by Hillside Family of Agencies and the juvenile justice system for over 15 years. During the same timeframe 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. A fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and the 2013 recipient of the  national March of Dimes Comerford Freda "Saving Babies, Together®" 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 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. Most recently, her research in this area has led to a focus on the dietary components of weight gain and obesity.  

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