Melanie Lutenbacher, PhD, MSN, FAAN
Associate Professor of Nursing and Medicine (Pediatrics)
Current Research Interests
- Community and home-based interventions to prevent or reduce known risks associated with preterm births, at-risk parenting, family violence.
- Family-centered systems of care for high-risk families (e.g., abuse/violence, children with special healthcare needs, poverty).
- Maternal psychosocial predictors (depressive symptoms, stress, self-esteem) of abusive or at-risk parenting.
Competent Families = Safe Children. Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services. Williams, S (PI). South Carolina Children's Trust. Lutenbacher, M., (PI), VU subcontract. (2009-2013)
Reducing Preterm Births through Tennessee Connections for Better Birth Outcomes. BlueCross BlueShield Tennessee Health Foundation. Lutenbacher, M., (Co-PI), Gabbe-Temple, P., (Co-PI), Walsh, W., Dietrich, M, Carpenter, L., Karp, S. & Garrison, E. (2006-2012)
Preventing Premature Births: Identifying the Needs of Hispanic Women. Vanderbilt University Center for Nashville Studies. Lutenbacher, M., (PI) & Salisbury, M. (2007-2009)
Comparing risk factors between African American mothers who deliver a term infant with African American mothers who deliver a preterm infant. VUMC Intramural Funding. Temple, P., Lutenbacher, M., (Co-PI) & Walsh, W. (2004-2006)
The Tennessee Family-to-Family Health Information Center. Maternal Child Health Bureau. Westlake, C. (PI) Tennessee Disability Coalition. Lutenbacher, M. (PI), VU subcontract. (2002-2010)
Karp, S., Lutenbacher, M., & Dietrich, M. (2011). The associations of psychosocial factors and infant feeding beliefs and practices of young, first time, low income mothers. Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing. 33(4):268-87.
Karp. S. &Lutenbacher, M. (2011). Infant feeding practices of young, first-time mothers. American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 36(2), March/April: 98-103
Temple, P., Lutenbacher, M., & Vitale, J. (2008). Limited access to care and home healthcare. Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology. 51(2), 371-384.
Lutenbacher, M., Karp, S., Ajero, G., Howe, D., & Williams, M. (2005). Crossing community sectors: Challenges faced by families of children with special health care needs. Journal of Family Nursing, 11(2), 162-182.
Lutenbacher, M., Cohen, A., & Conner, N. (2004). Breaking the cycle of family violence: Understanding the perspective of battered women. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 18, 236-243.
Cooper, W. O., Lutenbacher, M., Faccia, K., & Hepworth, J. (2003). Planning of youth violence-prevention programs: Development of a guiding measure. Public Health Nursing, 20(6), 432-439.
Lutenbacher, M., Cohan, A., Mitzel, J. (2003). Do we really help? Perspectives of abused women. Public Health Nursing, 20(1), 56-64.
Lutenbacher, M. (2002). Relationships between psychosocial factors and abusive parenting attitudes in low-income single mothers. Nursing Research, 51(3), 158-167.
Lutenbacher, M., Cooper, W. O., & Faccia, K. (2002). Planning youth violence prevention efforts: Decision-making across community sectors. Journal of Adolescent Health, 30(5), 346-354.
Lutenbacher, M. (2001). Psychometric assessment of the Adult-Adolescent Parenting Inventory in a sample of low-income single mothers. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 9(3), 291-308.
Cooper, W. O., Lutenbacher, M., & Faccia, K. (2000). Components of effective youth violence prevention programs for 7- to 14-year olds. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 154(11), 1134-1139.
Lutenbacher, M. (2000). Perceptions of health status and the relationship with abuse history and mental health in low-income single mothers. Journal of Family Nursing, 6(4), 320-340.
Sachs, B., Hall, L. A., Lutenbacher, M., & Rayens, M. K. (1999). The physical health of rural mothers and their low birth weight children. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 16(4), 209-222.
Sachs, B., Hall, L. A., Lutenbacher, M., & Rayens, M. K. (1999). Potential for abusive parenting by rural mothers with low birth weight children. Image: Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 31, 21-25.
Lutenbacher, M., & Hall, L. A. (1998). The effects of maternal psychosocial factors on parenting attitudes of low-income, single mothers with young children. Nursing Research, 47(1), 25-34.
Norman, L., & Lutenbacher, M. (1996). Process of continual improvement in a school of nursing. Nursing and Healthcare: Perspectives on Community, 17, 292-297.
Hall, L. A., Sachs, B., Rayens, M. K., & Lutenbacher, M. (1993). Childhood physical and sexual abuse - Their relationships with depressive symptoms in adulthood. Image: Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 25, 317-323. (Awarded Best of Image Award, 1995)
- American Academy of Nursing
- American Nurses' Association
- American Public Health Association
- Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science
- Sigma Theta Tau
- Southern Nursing Research Society