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  • Mary W. Stewart, PhD, RN


    Professor of Nursing

    Director, PhD Program



    • Phone: (601) 984-6260
    • Fax: (601) 815-5957
    • E-mail: mstewart4@umc.edu
    • Office: Jackson campus


    Dr. Mary W. Stewart joined the University of Mississippi Medical Center in July 2008. Prior to this, she was dean and professor of William Carey University School of Nursing, where she was responsible for undergraduate and graduate nursing education programs on three campuses in Mississippi and Louisiana. Before joining WCU, she was on faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi College of Nursing in Hattiesburg.

    Dr. Stewart's clinical background is in adult critical care, with special attention to patients in peri-anesthesia areas. She is the author of "Research News," a regular column in the Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing. She also has clinical experience in home health and hospice care. She is the director of the PhD in Nursing program and teaches Philosophy of Science, Research Ethics, Writing for Funding and Nursing Phenomena.

    Research overview

    Dr. Stewart's research began with an interest in self-esteem and control in older adults. Specifically, her beginning work investigated self-esteem as a function of urinary continence in post-menopausal women. Other adults in transition, including those who receive anesthesia care as they move through the perioperative experience, remain a major topic of study.

    As director of the PhD in Nursing program, she is actively engaged with dissertations and student publications. Currently, she is chairing three dissertations: 1) The Effect of a Yoga Intervention on Sleep and Stress in Postmenopausal Women (Karen Arrant); 2) The Relationship between Physical Activity and Postural Balance in Rural Community Dwelling Adults Age 65 Years and Older (Angela Duck); and 3) The Creating Opportunities for Personal Empowerment Intervention on Anxiety and Depression in Rural Adolescents (Kayla Carr). Along with Dr. Jennifer Robinson and APRNs overseeing the SON clinics, she is working to establish research in the Mississippi Delta and the other SON school-based health clinics.