Yenupini Joyce Adams

Joyce Adams

Yenupini Joyce Adams

Assistant Professor of the Practice
Global Maternal Research Lead
Eck Institute for Global Health

University of Notre Dame

(574) 631-3224

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Global maternal health; maternal mortality; postpartum care; sub-Saharan Africa


  • Women & Health in Global Context: Key Issues Across the Lifespan
  • Global Safe Motherhood
  • Health, Culture & Society


Dr. Yenupini Joyce Adams is an Assistant Professor of the Practice and the Global Maternal Research Lead for the Eck Institute for Global Health at the University of Notre Dame. She is a Concurrent Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame. Dr. Adams was previously an Assistant Professor in the WellStar School of Nursing at Kennesaw State University. She received her PhD in Nursing Science from Michigan State University College of Nursing and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Dr. Adams’ research addresses maternal health disparities that lead to mortality. More specifically, her research is dedicated to improving postpartum health outcomes among women most impacted by maternal mortality. She is highly motivated and passionate about using research interventions to improve maternal health, promote safe motherhood, and decrease maternal mortality and morbidity among populations disproportionately affected in the United States, and in Sub-Saharan Africa where the burden of maternal mortality is most severe. As PI and Co-I on multiple projects, she has experience conducting patient focused research examining both patient and healthcare facility factors that influence access to quality postpartum care and education. She is
focused on developing interventions that can be scaled-up and adopted into existing systems of care to improve maternal health, promote safe motherhood, and decrease maternal mortality and morbidity.

Recognitions and Awards

  • 2020 New Investigator Award by the Midwest Nursing Research Society women’s health and transitions in childbearing research interest group.
  • AACN/Johnson & Johnson Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars Award by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2013).

In the Media:

News and Blog Posts

Global maternal mortality: the dignity of life and the tragedy of death (Dignity & Development)