Patricia Hershberger, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAAN

  • Associate Professor
Bio

Dr. Patricia Hershberger is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Systems Science, College of Nursing and an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, College of Medicine. She is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and held national certification in Inpatient Obstetrics from the National Certification Corporation from 1992-2007. Dr. Hershberger received her PhD in Nursing Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed post-doctoral training at the University of Michigan in decision science and advanced training in genetics/genomics at the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Hershberger’s pioneering research aims to improve the health and healthcare of contemporary families who interface with novel assisted reproductive technology (ART) treatments by promoting informed decision making and access. Leading a stellar interdisciplinary team and with support from professional (International Society of Nurses in Genetics, Sigma Theta Tau, International), university (University of Illinois at Chicago Internal Research Support Program, University of Michigan Office of the Vice President for Research), and federal (National Institutes of Health) funding, she has conducted multiple studies to determine underlying decision processes and factors that affect decisions among (1) young women with cancer who consider egg and embryo freezing, (2) genetically high-risk couples who consider preimplantation genetic testing of their embryos, and (3) contemporary families who use donated eggs to establish embryos. Important findings from Dr. Hershberger’s research led to the development of the Decision-Making Process Framework, which has been published in Social Science & Medicine; Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing; Patient Education & Counseling, and Research & Theory for Nursing Practice. Dr. Hershberger is now testing the framework in several subsequent studies including an examination of her computerized decision aid for young women with cancer. As a scientist, she also enjoys advancing research methods, in particular novel Internet and qualitative methodologies.

In recognition of her research, Dr. Hershberger received the National Award of Excellence in Research for her contributions in assisted reproductive health and genetics from the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses in 2013. Recently, she co-edited the text, Fertility and Assisted Reproductive Technology: Theory, Research, Policy and Practice for Health Care Practitioners to increase awareness and provide direction for the complex issues associated with ART. Through her service and leadership initiatives at the Midwest Nursing Research Society and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, she is actively engaged in supporting emerging and midcareer scholars’ research careers as well as tapping into the wisdom and experience of senior scientists.

Current Area of Teaching

Dr. Hershberger is a member of the graduate faculty and teaches several graduate courses including NURS 566: Developing Literature Reviews for doctoral students. Dr. Hershberger is committed to engaging students in nursing research and counseling future nurse scientists; her teaching includes mentoring doctoral students through the research process.

Student Opportunities

Dr. Hershberger brings her research, practice, and service experiences to the classroom and interjects innovative teaching strategies that are aimed to help cultivate and launch successful scientific careers. (For example, see the 2016 editorial by Dr. Diane Monsivais in Research & Theory for Nursing Practice, 30, 87-90, where Dr. Hershberger’s efforts are described). Students who are passionate about research in areas consistent with Dr. Hershberger’s expertise are encouraged to contact her.

Selected Honors & Awards
  • 2017 Senior Investigator Award
    Midwest Nursing Research Society, Women’s Health & Childbearing Research Interest Group
  • 2016 Fellow
    American Academy of Nursing
  • 2016 Guest Editor, In-Focus Series on Infertility & Reproductive Health
    Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing
  • 2016 Re-Elected to the Board of Directors
    Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • 2014 Prize Paper Award
    American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Nursing Professional Group
  • 2014 Elected to the Board of Directors
    Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • 2014 Best Paper Award
    Midwest Nursing Research Society, Women’s Health & Childbearing Research Section
  • 2013 Invited Speaker
    American Society for Reproductive Medicine Conference, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2013 National Award of Excellence in Research
    Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN, 25,000 members)
  • 2012 Elected to the Mental Health Professional Group Scientific Review Committee
    (Served as Committee Chair, 2016) American Society for Reproductive Medicine
  • 2012 Best Paper Award
    Midwest Nursing Research Society, Childbearing Research Section  
  • 2011 Invited Speaker
    DePaul University School of Law Annual Law Review Symposium, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2010 Invited Speaker
    American Society for Reproductive Medicine Conference, Denver, Colorado
  • 2006 Summer Genetics Institute Fellowship
    National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
  • 2005 Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Michigan
    National Institutes of Health (T32 NR0704)
  • 2005 Best of JOGNN Writing Award Nomination
    Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing
  • 2005 Prize Paper Award
    American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Nursing Professional Group
  • 2005 Dean’s Nursing Science Excellence Award
    University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing
  • 2002 Faculty Development Award
    Valparaiso University Alumni Association
  • 2000 Outstanding Perinatal Committee Member Award
    March of Dimes, Greater Illinois Area
  • 1998 Graduate Student Faculty Academic Excellence Award
    Valparaiso University
  • 1996 BSN Faculty Clinical Award for Excellence
    Indiana University (Northwest),
  • 1996 Inducted Member
    Sigma Theta Tau (Internl Honor Society for Nursing), Alpha Chapter
Selected Publications

~ Denotes Mentored Student as Author

~Zhu, B., Hershberger, P.E., Kapella, M., & Fritschi, C., (Accepted, May 17, 2017). The relationship between sleep disturbance and glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes: An integrative review. Journal of Clinical Nursing.

Hershberger, P.E., & Kavanaugh, K. (2017). Comparing appropriateness and equivalence of email interviews to phone interviews in qualitative research on reproductive decisions. Applied Nursing Research, 37, 50-54.

Topp, R., Hershberger, P.E., Bratt, M.M. (2017). Answering wicked questions: Dealing with opposing truths as a nursing associate professor. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 39(6), 733-744. PubMed Link

Hershberger, P.E., Wynd, C.A., Glass, L.K., O’Connell, K.M., Fitzpatrick, J.J., Bergstrom, N., & Lusk, S.L. (2017). Celebrating 40 years of the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS). Western Journal of Nursing Research, 39(5), 609-621. PubMed Link

~Youngcharoen, P., Hershberger, P.E., & Aree-Ue, S. (2017). Pain in elderly patients with knee osteoarthritis: An integrative review of psychosocial factors. International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing, 25, 19-28. Journal Link

Hershberger, P.E., Klock, S. C., & Takefman, J. (2016, Spring). ASRM scientific abstracts: Review process, preparation, and presentation strategies [Invited Publication]. American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Mental Health Professional Group Newsletter, pp. 4, 9. Newsletter Link

Hershberger, P.E. (2016). Addressing the needs of midcareer scholars in challenging times: A new initiative for MNRS [Invited Publication]. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 38(7), 928-930. PubMed Link

Hershberger, P.E. & ~Yeom, S. (2016). Examining the unit of analysis in assisted reproduction: Insights into individual, couple, and family research in education and counseling. In E.L. Stevenson & P.E. Hershberger (Eds.), Fertility and assisted reproductive technology: Theory, research, policy, and practice for health care practitioners (pp. 49-58). New York, NY: Springer. Springer/Publisher Link

Hershberger, P.E., & Stevenson, E.L. (2016). Advancing the care of individuals and couples at risk for and diagnosed with infertility. JOGNN: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 45(1), 98-99. PubMed Link

Hershberger, P.E., Sipsma, H., Finnegan, L. & Hirshfeld-Cytron, J. (2016). Reasons why young women accept or decline fertility preservation after cancer diagnosis. JOGNN: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 45(1), 123-134.  PubMed Central Link

Stevenson, E.L., Hershberger, P.E., & Bergh, P.A. (2016). Evidence-based care for couples with infertility. JOGNN: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 45(1), 100-110. PubMed Link

Hershberger, P.E., Gallo, A.M., Molokie, R., Thompson, A.A., Suarez, M.L., Yao, Y., & Wilkie, D.J. (2016). Perception of young adults with sickle cell disease or sickle cell trait about participation in the CHOICES randomized controlled trial. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 72(6), 1430-1440. PubMed Link

~LaFond, C.M., Van Hulle Vincent, C., Lee, S., Corte, C., Hershberger, P.E., Johnson, A., Park, C.G., & Wilkie, D.J. (2015). Development and validation of a virtual human vignette to compare nurses’ assessment and intervention choices for pain in critically ill children. Simulation in Healthcare, 10(1), 14-20. PubMed Central Link

Hershberger, P.E. & Stevenson, E.L. (2014). In support of equitable infertility health insurance. JOGNN: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 43(4), 401-402. PubMed Link

~Drazba, K.T., Kelley, M.A., & Hershberger, P.E. (2014). A qualitative inquiry of the financial concerns of couples opting to use preimplantation genetic diagnosis to prevent the transmission of known genetic disorders. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 23(2), 202-211. PubMed Central Link

Hershberger, P.E., Finnegan, L., Altfeld, S., ~Lake, S., & Hirshfeld-Cytron, J. (2013). Toward theoretical understanding of the fertility preservation decision-making process: Examining information processing among young women with cancer. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice, 27(4), 257-275. PubMed Central Link

Hershberger, P.E., Finnegan, L., Pierce, P.F., & Scoccia, B. (2013). The decision-making process of young adult women with cancer who considered fertility cryopreservation. JOGNN: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 42(1), 59-69. PubMed Central Link

Hershberger, P.E., Gallo, A.M., Kavanaugh, K., Olshansky, E., Schwartz, A., & Tur-Kaspa, I. (2012). The decision-making process of genetically at-risk couples considering preimplantation genetic diagnosis: Initial findings from a grounded theory study. Social Science & Medicine, 74(10), 1536-1543. PubMed Central Link

Hershberger, P.E., Kavanaugh, K., Hamilton, R., Klock, S.C., Merry, L., Olshansky, E., & Pierce, P.F. (2011). Development of an informational web site for recruiting research participants: Process, implementation, and evaluation. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 29(10), 544-551. PubMed Central Link

Hershberger, P.E., Schoenfeld, C., & Tur-Kaspa, I. (2011). Unraveling preimplantation genetic diagnosis for high-risk couples: Implications for nurses at the front line of care. Nursing for Women’s Health, 15(1), 36-45. PubMed Central Link

Hershberger, P.E., & Pierce, P.F. (2010). Conceptualizing couples’ decision making in PGD: Emerging cognitive, emotional, and moral dimensions. Patient Education and Counseling, 81(1), 53-62. PubMed Central Link

Hershberger, P.E., & Kavanaugh, K. (2008). Enhancing pregnant, donor oocyte recipient women’s health in the infertility clinic and beyond: A phenomenological investigation of caring behaviour. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 17(21), 2820-2828. PubMed Central Link

Hershberger, P., Klock, S.C., & Barnes, R.B. (2007). Disclosure decisions among pregnant women who received donor oocytes: a phenomenological study. Fertility & Sterility, 87(2), 288-296. PubMed Central Link

Hershberger, P.E. (2007). Pregnant, donor oocyte recipient women describe their lived experience of establishing the “Family Lexicon.” JOGNN: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 36(2), 161-167. PubMed Link

Hershberger, P. (2004). Recipients of oocyte donation: An integrative review. JOGNN: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 33(5), 610-621. PubMed Link

For a more complete list of Dr. Hershberger’s publications see:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/patricia.hershberger.1/bibliography/40849209/public/?sort=date&direction=descending

Current Research
Active Research:

International Society of Nurses in Genetics
Disclosing Genetic Origins to Donor-Egg Conceived Children
Role: Co-Principal Investigator with Dr. Martha Driessnack, Oregon Health and Science University

UIC College of Nursing, Internal Research Support Program
Feasibility and Acceptability of a Fertility Preservation Decision Support Aid for Young Women with Cancer: An Intervention Development Pilot Study
Role: Principal Investigator

Recently Completed Research:

R03 NR010351
NIH/National Institute Nursing Research
Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis: Couples’ Decision Making at the Genetic and Reproductive Interface
Role: Principal Investigator

K12 HD055892
NIH/ National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Fertility Preservation Decisions among Young Women Diagnosed with a Life Threatening Illness
Role: BIRCWH Faculty Scholar (Geller, S., Principal Investigator)

1R01 HL114404
NIH/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
Sickle Cell Reproductive CHOICES: Efficacy of a Primary Prevention Intervention
Role: Co-Investigator (Wilkie, D. & Gallo, A., Multiple Principal Investigators)