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
Research blog


Global health; 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


Before coming to Notre Dame, Adams was an assistant professor in the WellStar School of Nursing at Kennesaw State University. She earned her PhD from the College of Nursing at Michigan State University and her bachelor of science in nursing from Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her clinical expertise is in maternal/newborn nursing (RNC-MNN). Adams is passionate about using research and community interventions to improve maternal health, promote safe motherhood, and decrease maternal mortality and morbidity among vulnerable populations in the United States and sub-Saharan Africa, where the burden of maternal mortality is most severe.

Recognitions and Awards

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

Research and Publications

Adams’ research aims to address maternal health disparities that lead to mortality. She particularly examines factors, both patient and healthcare facility centered, that influence access to and quality of postpartum care among vulnerable populations. Under these broad research goals, she is currently pursuing two research tracks at the intersection of postpartum complications and maternal mortality: 1) maternity care providers’ knowledge, teaching and management of potential complications, and 2) women’s knowledge of and care-seeking for postpartum complications. Her research is guided by and contributes to the Three Delays Model originally developed by Thaddeus and Maine (1994). Adams’ future work will focus on developing interventions to improve postpartum outcomes. While Adams’ research focuses mainly on access to and quality of postpartum care, she has also done work on women’s preconception reproductive knowledge and other maternal health issues.

Adams has received research grants from national nursing organizations such as the American Nurses Foundation and the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. She also is the recipient of a co-funded grant from the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and the Eck Institute for Global health. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals in nursing such as Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care Journal of Nursing Scholarshipand Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing.

Research Projects:

  • Focused-PPC: An Integrated Postpartum Care, Education and Support Model for Women in Ghana (2021-2023), PI*
  • Post-Birth Warning Signs Education in Rural Community Settings in Indiana (2021-2023), PI
  • WASH Insecurity and Maternal-Newborn Health (MNH) in Tamale, Ghana (2021-2022), CO-PI
  • Investigating Patient Cognitive Load and Stress Levels during Postpartum Discharge (2020-2022), CO-PI
  • Postpartum Complications: Women’s Knowledge and Impact of Post-Birth Discharge Education (2019-2020), PI
  • Midwives Knowledge of Postpartum Care and Management of Complications in Ghana (2018-2019), PI
  • Use and Evaluation of Postpartum Care Services in Rural Central Malawi (2015-2016), PI

*funded by Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute

News and Blog Posts

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