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Eleanor Stevenson

Clinical Professor in the School of Nursing
School of Nursing
School of Nursing, Box 3322, Durham, NC 27710


Eleanor Stevenson, PhD, RN , FAAN is a Clinical Professor of Nursing at Duke University School of Nursing. She received her BS in Nursing from Rutgers University College of Nursing–New Brunswick, and her MS as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner from Rutgers University College of Nursing–Newark. She received her PhD in Nursing Research and Theory Development from New York University College of Nursing. Her area of inquiry focuses on the multidimensional psychological stress women who have conceived pregnancies via in-vitro fertilization experience as well as the adaptive behaviors of men with male-factor infertility. She is also engaged in inquiry about how men can increase access to primary care via female-facing care models such as infertility treatment and family planning. Dr. Stevenson is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International, Beta Epsilon, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine–Nurse Professional Group (board member), the Association for Women’s Health, Obstetrical and Neonatal Nursing (AWHONN), and the American Nurses Association (ANA). She was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 2019.

She has received numerous awards including the New York University Alumni Association Doctoral Achievement Award; the Sigma Theta Tau International, Upsilon Research Award; the Rudin Family Award for Doctoral Achievement; the McRae Foundation Award; and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Nursing Professional Group Prize Paper Award (2011, 2012, 2014). Dr. Stevenson’s clinical career has focused on women’s health issues including clinical practice in various settings such as high-risk labor and delivery, mother-baby, antepartum, family planning, and infertility services. At Duke University, she teaches in the DNP, MSN, and ABSN programs. Dr. Stevenson has also applied her clinical expertise in research and development of women’s health and infertility medications. She enjoys sharing her passion for this patient population with students by mentoring baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral students who focus their inquiry and practice on fertility issues to advance science and clinical care.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Clinical Professor in the School of Nursing · 2019 - Present School of Nursing

Education, Training & Certifications

New York University · 2011 Ph.D.
Rutgers University · 1998 M.S.