Dr. Mary Barger

Mary Barger
Phone: (619) 260-7797
Office: Hahn School of Nursing 231B

Associate Professor

  • Boston University - PhD
  • Johns Hopkins School of Public Health - MPH
  • Stanford University - BSN

Mary Barger is an Associate Professor of Nursing in the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science. She completed her doctoral education in epidemiology from Boston University’s School of Public Health. Her focus is perinatal epidemiology and she completed her dissertation on cesarean births and their complications on mothers and their infants. She received her Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in maternal and child health and nurse-midwifery and her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Stanford University. Dr. Barger has been the Director of two nurse-midwifery education programs: the UCSF/UCSD Intercampus Graduate Studies Program and the Boston University Nurse-Midwifery Program. In these positions, she has educated nurse-midwives, nurse practitioners, medical students, and residents. During her teaching career, she has practiced full scope clinical nurse-midwifery. In addition to teaching nurse-midwifery students at Boston University, she also taught maternal and child health, community needs assessment, and perinatal epidemiology to public health students.  She taught quantitative research methods to doctoral nursing students and midwifery coursework to masters nursing students at the University of California Sana Francisco. Currently at USD she teaches in the PhD, DNP, and MEPN programs.

Dr. Barger’s research interests concern improving women’s health throughout the lifespan with a special emphasis on the perinatal period. She has conducted case-control and cohort studies of vaginal birth after cesarean and completed a survey of all California birth hospitals around policies related to vaginal birth after cesarean. She also has an interest of the role of sleep in pregnancy outcomes and completed a randomized trial of morning compared to evening start times for labor induction to understand the role of chronobiology, sleep, and fatigue on labor progress and outcome. Currently, she is conducting a study on the use of Mantram Repetition Program to improve insomnia in homeless women. Dr. Barger is professionally active in midwifery organizations. She has served on the American Midwifery Certification Board and is the chair for the Data Management section of Division of Research for the American College of Nurse-Midwives. She recently finished a 9 year tenure is a co-chair of the Education Standing Committee for the International Confederation of Midwives and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health.