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College of Nursing

MSC09 5350
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: 1-800-690-0934

Barbara Overman

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Associate Professor



Barbara Overman is an Associate Professor at the College of Nursing, Health Sciences Center, University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Dr. Overman earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Delaware, a Masters in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science in Nursing with a specialty in Nurse-midwifery from the University of Colorado. Dr. Overman’s PhD is in Nursing from the University of Colorado where her dissertation research examined the relationship between urogenital infection and preterm labor and birth. Dr. Overman has been involved in nurse-midwifery and nursing education since 1986 having held faculty positions at the University of Colorado and the University of Florida prior to coming to New Mexico to coordinate the nurse-midwifery concentration in 1994. Dr. Overman’s scholarship has focused on access to education for rural and underserved populations and systemic issues impacting rural maternity and midwifery care. She was co-investigator on the New Mexico Partnerships for Training Project funded by Robert Wood Johnson and the Navajo Nurse-mentorship project funded by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. Her interests include economic and social determinants of health, culture and health care and innovative models of service delivery for women and infants. She is currently working on a project with the New Mexico Health Policy Commission to develop policy alternatives to malpractice litigation for injury reduction and equitable compensation in childbearing care.