Bridget F. Hutchens, PhD, RN, CNM is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science and Beyster Institute for Nursing Research. She is teaching health care policy and care of populations for the MSN programs.
Dr. Hutchens received her BSN, cum laude, from Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies. She studied at San Diego State University for her MSN with a focus on midwifery and community health. She earned her PhD from Yale School of Nursing as a Robert Wood Johnson Future of Nursing Scholar. Her dissertation research focused on maternal mental health and the relationship between postpartum depressive symptoms, risk factors for postpartum depression, and quality of hospital care for birth.
Dr. Hutchens has been practicing maternal-child health nursing since 2004 and has worked in a variety of settings, including birth centers, labor and delivery units, and community health environments. In addition, Dr. Hutchens has a passion for health policy and worked as a legislative health intern on Capitol Hill in DC in 2006. She remains active with policy work as a board member of 2020 Mom advocating for maternal mental health and related policies.
Dr. Hutchens’ research interests include maternal mental health and illness, quality of hospital care, nurse home visiting programs, and biomarkers. She is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives, American Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau International. She is a peer reviewer for the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health.