Meet the Team

Dr. Bridget Basile-Ibrahim (Lab Director)

Assistant Professor, Yale University School of Nursing

Dr. Bridget Basile-Ibrahim’s research aims to improve birth outcomes for women and birthing people marginalized by intersections of race, socioeconomic status, and geography by improving the experience and quality of perinatal care. She has over a decade of clinical experience working as a family nurse practitioner providing primary care to underserved communities in urban and rural areas of the United States and Canada. She also has experience as a doula and certified breastfeeding specialist.

Dr. Basile-Ibrahim's full bio (link is external)
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Dr. Joan Combellick

Assistant Professor, Yale University School of Nursing

Dr. Combellick is a certified nurse midwife. In addition to a master’s degree in nursing/midwifery from Yale, she holds a master’s degree in Global Public Health and a PhD from New York University. She has completed an Advanced Women’s Health Fellowship at the CT VA. Her post-doctoral work focused on improving maternity and reproductive health care for high-risk individuals, particularly those  who experience psychological trauma or whose care is suboptimal due to mental health problems.

Dr. Combellick's full bio (link is external)
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Dr. Melissa Eggen

Lecturer, University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences, Department of Health Management and Policy

Dr. Eggen’s research is centered on better understanding the outcomes and experiences of reproductive and maternal healthcare using quantitative and mixed-methods approaches. She has over 10 years of experience working in community-based and state-wide non-profit organizations and a special interest in conducting local level research  to inform policy & practice. Melissa has a PhD from the University of Louisville, MPH from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BA from the University of KY

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Dr. Robyn Schafer

Assistant Professor, Rutgers School of Nursing

Dr. Schafer is deeply committed to improving the health and care of women and their families through research, teaching, practice, and service. She is an Assistant Professor in the Advanced Practice Nursing division at Rutgers School of Nursing and works as a certified nurse-midwife at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Rutgers Health OBGYN. Robyn holds a PhD from Vanderbilt University, BA and EdM degrees from Boston University, and earned an MSN at Yale University. 

Dr. Schafer's full bio (link is external)

Partners in Research

The Uplift Lab at Oregon State University

The Uplift Lab Website (link is external)
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The Quality Maternal & Newborn Care (QMNC) Research Alliance

QMNC Research Alliance Website (link is external)
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