The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Board of Directors is has announced the appointment of Heidi Collins Fantasia, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FNAP, as Editor of AWHONN’s journal ‘Nursing for Women’s Health’ and Tiffany M. Montgomery, PhD, MSHP, RNC-OB, as Associate Editor.  

“Dr. Fantasia’s strong record of scholarship and mentorship of other nurse scholars, as well as her extensive experience with NWH as an author, peer reviewer, column editor, and editorial advisory board member, make her ideally suited to the role of Editor,” said current Editor Mary C. Brucker, CNM, PhD,  FACNM, FAAN. “She exhibits a true passion for the profession of nursing and for helping nurses publish high-quality scholarship. I look forward to working with her during her transition to the role and I know she will serve the journal with distinction.” 

“Dr. Montgomery has been an author and a prolific reviewer for NWH. In fact, she won the journal’s Reviewer of the Year Award in 2017, and then went on to serve on the editorial advisory board in 2018 and 2019,” said Brucker. “In addition, her work in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion will serve the journal well. I look forward to working with her for the remainder of my term and I am confident she will make meaningful contributions to NWH during her tenure as Associate Editor.” 

Fantasia is succeeding Brucker, who is retiring as Editor at the end of 2021 after serving a 10-year term. Montgomery will assume the role of Associate Editor in September. 

Fantasia is an Associate Professor in the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences, Solomont School of Nursing, at University of Massachusetts Lowell, and a board-certified women’s health nurse practitioner. Her clinical practice has primarily been in public health by providing sexual and reproductive health to underserved women and men. Her research interests include the intersection of violence and the reproductive health of women, including violence screening, women’s experiences of violence, issues surrounding sexual consent and coercion, and human trafficking. Fantasia has served on the editorial advisory boards for Nursing for Women’s Health and the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing. She is the author of more than 80 publications, including peer-reviewed manuscripts, books, and book chapters that focus on women’s health throughout the lifespan. Fantasia received a BSN from Salem State College and an MS and PhD from Boston College. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Boston College prior to joining the faculty at the University of Massachusetts. 

Montgomery is an Assistant Professor in the Temple University College of Public Health, Department of Nursing. Her research aims to reduce transmission of sexually transmitted infections among Black adolescent girls and young women. She utilizes community-based participatory research strategies to develop culturally appropriate sexual health interventions for this population. She also publishes and presents on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in nursing. Montgomery founded Nursing DREAMS, Inc., serves as Co-Chair of the National Black Nurses Association Women’s Health Committee, and is a member of the Delaware County Intermediate Unit Family Center Advisory Council. 

Nursing for Women’s Health is the practice journal of AWHONN. Its mission is to translate evidence into nursing practice to improve health outcomes for individuals, families, and populations. The target audience is nurses, advanced practice nurses, midwives, and interdisciplinary teams working in women’s and gender-related health, childbearing care, and neonatal health.  The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit membership organization.

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