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Michele Davidson, PhD, CNM, CFN, RN

School of Nursing

Michele Davidson

Dr. Michele R. Davidson holds a PhD in nursing administration and health care policy from George Mason University and has practiced in the area of women's health nursing since 1990. She is currently an Associate Professor of Nursing and an affiliate faculty member for the Women's Studies Program at George Mason University.  Dr. Davidson received an associate degree from Marymount University and then a baccalaureate nursing of science degree from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.  Upon graduation from her nursing education, Dr. Davidson worked in a variety of women's health settings including labor and delivery, postpartum, NICU, reproductive endocrinology, and inpatient gynecology at Columbia Hospital for Women, formerly in Washington, DC.  

Dr. Davidson completed a Master's of Nursing and Science from Case Western Reserve University and obtained her certification as a certified nurse midwife (CNM) with a special interest in high-risk obstetrics.  She has delivered over 1,000 babies during her career as a nurse midwife and has treated women with a variety of mental health disorders. She has subsequently developed an interest in postpartum mood disorders and women's mental health issues. She formulated a postpartum depression support group and provided ongoing treatment to indigent women battling postpartum depression.  Her doctoral dissertation, Care of High-Risk Women Cared for by Certified Nurse Midwives, brought attention to the potential care that midwives could provide to a high-risk obstetrical population.  She received an honorary award from the March of Dimes for her ongoing care to pregnant women. 

Dr. Davidson began her teaching career as a graduate teaching assistant at Case Western Reserve University while earning her MSN. She taught briefly part-time at Marymount University before begin a fulltime position at GMU in 1999.  Dr. Davidson loves teaching and views teaching very similar to nurse midwifery where you build lasting relationships that develop and mature with time.  She has mentored students throughout the years that she has continued to have lasting relationships with. Dr. Davidson received tenure at GMU in 2005. 

Over her years as a nurse midwife, she has continued to develop a research interest in women's clinical obstetrical and mental health issues, including PTSD, postpartum depression, and postpartum psychosis.  She has published over 50 papers, contributed more than 19 chapters to other author's textbooks, and published an additional  27 textbooks that she has co-written, including the international bestseller Old's Maternal-Newborn Nursing and Women's Health Care Across the Lifespan (9th ed) which is translated into nine languages and used throughout the world. Dr. Davidson recently published A Nurse's Guide to Women's Mental Health Care which earned an American Journal of Nursing Book Award in 2012 in the category of psychiatric mental-health nursing.  

She is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) where she served as past vice president of the Washington, D.C. chapter and has served as an item writer for the ACNM National Certification Examination.  She is also an educational affiliate of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing.  Dr. Davidson holds an additional certification as a Certified Forensic Nurse (CFN) and is a member of the American College of Forensic Examiners International (ACFEI).  She is also a member of the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (ISPN), The Marce Society, Postpartum Support International, and the International Association for Women's Mental Health.  Dr. Davidson also has an interest in disability advocacy and is a member of the Loudoun County (VA) Disability Advisory Board. She has written several chapters on disability needs in childbearing women and volunteers for several children's disability-related organizations. 

Dr. Davidson serves on several national committees as a midwifery representative.  As a member of the ACNM National Diversification & Inclusion Task Force she strives to increase diversify in the midwifery profession.  Dr. Davidson was also appointed to serve as the nursing representative for a CDC Task Force focused on postpartum mood disorder education and maternal morbidity. This joint task force, "ACOG/CDC Maternal Mortality Action Committee Working Group, Protocols and Resources to Support Patients, Families, and Staff," is a partnership between the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the CDC. 

In 2002, Dr. Davidson established the Smith Island Foundation to provide rural health care education and screening programs and children's programming to a small island community in the Chesapeake Bay.  She subsequently developed an immersion clinical practicum for students to participate in rural community health on Smith Island. She is also the author of the children's book, Stowaways to Smith Island. When not teaching or writing, Dr. Davidson makes her home in Virginia and maintains a part-time residence on Smith Island with her husband, a FNP and two time GMU SON graduate, and their four rapidly growing children.

Education

  • PhD, Nursing Administration, George Mason University, 1998
  • MS, Nurse Midwifery, Case Western Reserve University, 1995
  • BSN, George Mason University, 1993
  • ADN, Nursing, Marymount University, 1990