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Beth Black

Beth Black, PhD, RN

Associate Professor

Phone: (919) 966-3613
Email: beth_black@unc.edu
Specialty Area: Bereavement, End of Life Issues, Palliative Care, Women’s Health

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Office: 506

Dr. Beth Black has been funded by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Institutional K12 Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Program, an R21 from NINR and a grant from the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association’s Lesbian Health Fund to explore various aspects of pregnancy loss, perinatal palliative care, care choices related to pregnancy in the presence of a life-limiting fetal diagnosis and reproductive loss in lesbian couples. She is currently analyzing data from her ethnography End of Life Care after Severe Fetal Diagnosis (R21) and the Reproductive Loss in Lesbian Couples study.

In 2015, Dr. Black published Perinatal and Pediatric Bereavement for Nursing and Other Health Professionals (Black, Wright & Limbo, Springer Press), which provides a theoretical basis for care of bereaved parents and children in various situations including pregnancy loss, traumatic death, and sibling suicide.

Dr. Black has been instrumental in the implementation of a pediatric palliative and end of life care service at a large not-for-profit hospice and palliative care organization. Her current interests include loss, grief and bereavement in childbearing settings; advance planning in the presence of severe fetal defects; and quality indicators in perinatal palliative care. Dr. Black is not taking new students at this time.

  • 2015 Doctoral Award for Excellence in Mentorship & Education nominee
  • 2012 Laurel Archer Copp Literary Achievement Award, UNC School of Nursing
  • 2004 Mickel-Shaw Excellence in Academic Advising Award
  • 2003 Gift of Encouragement Award, 14-month Accelerated BSN Class
  • 2002 Philosophy of Caring Award, 14-month Accelerated BSN Class
  • 1992 Frank Porter Graham Society, UNC at Chapel Hill
  • 1990 Sigma Theta Tau Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, UNC at Chapel Hill Masters' Class
  • 1981 Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Alpha Chapter

BOOKS AND CHAPTERS:

Black, B.P., Wright, P.M., & Limbo, R. (2015). Perinatal and Pediatric Bereavement in Nursing and Other Health Professions. New York, NY: Springer Publishing

Sole author of the following chapter in this text:
Ch. 4: When an Expected Baby Dies: Maternal-Fetal Attachment in Context of Perinatal Loss (B.P. Black), pp. 55-70

Co-author of the following 2 chapters in this text:
Ch. 1: My Absent Child: Cultural and Theoretical Considerations of Bereavement When a Child Dies (P.M. Wright, R.K. Limbo, B.P. Black), pp. 3-16

Ch. 15: Remembering the “Forgotten Bereaved”: Understanding and Caring for Sibling of Completed Suicide Victims (R. Kabatchnick & B.P. Black), pp. 287-306

Black, B. P. (2015). Ch. 38: Perinatal Loss, Bereavement and Grief. In D. Lowdermilk, S. Perry, C. Cashion, & K. Alden (Eds.). Maternity & Women’s Health Care (11th ed.).

Black, B. P. (2013). Professional nursing: Concepts and challenges (7th ed.). St. Louis, MO: WB Saunders/Elsevier Press (sole author of all 16 chapters).

Chitty, K. & Black, B. P. (2010). Professional nursing: Concepts and challenges (6th ed.). St. Louis, MO: WB Saunders/Elsevier Press.

Sole author of the following 8 of 16 chapters in this text: 
Ch. 2: The History and Social Context of Nursing

Ch. 4: The Legal Aspects of Nursing

Ch. 5: Ethics: The Basics for Nursing Practice

Ch. 6: Becoming a Nurse: Defining Nursing and Socialization into Professional Practice

Ch. 8: Critical Thinking, the Nursing Process, and Clinical Judgment

Ch. 11: The Science of Nursing and Evidence-Based Practice

Ch. 13: Nursing Theory: The Basis for Professional Nursing

Ch. 15: The Political Activism of Nursing in Organizations and Government

Fogel, C., & Black, B. (2008). Sexually transmitted infections, including HIV: Impact on women's reproductive health.  White Plains, NY: March of Dimes.

Fogel, C. & Black, B. (2008). Ch. 25: Women and HIV/AIDS. In C. Fogel & N. Woods (Eds.), Women’s Health Care in Advanced Practice Nursing (pp. 527-552)New York, NY: Springer.

Chitty, K. & Black, B. (Eds.). (2007). Professional nursing: Concepts and challenges (5th ed.).      St. Louis, MO: WB Saunders/Elsevier Press.

First author on the following 2 chapters in this 16-chapter text:
Black, B. & Chitty, K. (2007). Ch. 6: Becoming a nurse: Defining nursing and socialization into professional practice

Black, B. & Chitty, K. (2007). Ch. 8: Critical thinking, the nursing process and clinical judgment

Sole author on the following 2 chapters in this 16-chapter text:
Black, B. (2007). Ch. 11: The science of nursing and evidence-based practice.

Black, B. (2007). Ch. 13: Nursing theory: The basis for professional nursing.

Co-editor on the remaining 12 chapters.

Black, B. (2000). Understanding human immunodeficiency virus. Module 26. AHEC Continuing Education for Nurses Series.

Miles, M S., Holditch-Davis, D. & Black, B. (2000). HIV self-care management intervention with African American mothers. In S. Funk, E.M. Tornquist, J. Harrell, M. Miles, & J. Leeman (Eds.), Key aspects of preventing and managing chronic illness (pp.275-288). New York: Springer. 

Miles, M., Andreas, L. & Black, B. (1999). Care of the dying. In Lindeman, C. & McAthie, M. (Eds.), Fundamentals of contemporary nursing practice (pp. 1033-1051). Philadelphia, PA: W.B. Saunders.

IN PRESS/SUBMITTED

Black, B. P. (in press). Professional nursing: Concepts and challenges (8th ed.). St. Louis, MO: WB Saunders/Elsevier Press (sole author of all 16 chapters).

REFEREED PAPERS/ARTICLES

Denney-Koelsch, E., Black, B.P., Côté-Arsenault, D., Wool, C., Kim, S., & Kavanaugh, K. (in press). A survey of perinatal palliative care programs in the US: Structure, process, and outcomes. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 

Wei, H., Roscigno, C. I., Swanson, K. S., Black, B. P., Hudson-Barr, D., Hanson, C. C. (in press). Parents’ experience of having a child undergoing congenital heart surgery: An emotional roller coaster from shocking to blessing. Heart and Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care.

Wool, C., Côté-Arsenault, D., Black, B.P., Denney-Koelsch, E., Kim, S., & Kavanaugh, K. (2016). Provision of services in perinatal palliative care: A multicenter survey in the United States. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 19(3), 279-285.

Cicero, E.C. & Black, B.P. (2015). “I was a spectacle…a freak show at the circus”: A transgender person’s ED experience and implications for nursing practice. Journal of Emergency Nursing. 42(1), 25-30.

Black, B. P. & Fields, W. (2014). Contexts of reproductive loss in lesbian couples. MCN: The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 39(3), 157-162.

Biddix, J., Fogel, C. & Black, B. P. (2013). Comfort levels of active duty gay/bisexual male Service members in the military healthcare system. Military Medicine,178(12), 1335-1340.

Wright, P.M. & Black, B.P. (2013). Pregnancy Loss: An update for childbirth educators. International Journal of Childbirth Education, 28(1), 15-19.

Christy, C., Black, B. P., & Harris, B. (2012). The influence of the Nuremberg Code on subsequent human research protections. The Monitor: Journal of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals, December, 15-19.

Black, B.P. & Wright, P. (2012). Posttraumatic growth and transformation as outcomes of perinatal loss. Illness, Crisis and Loss, 20(3), 225-237.

Black, B.P. & Penrose-Thompson, P. (2012). Music as a therapeutic intervention in end of life       care. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 14(2), 118-125.

Black, B.P. (2011). Truth-telling and severe fetal diagnosis: A virtue ethics perspective. Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, 25(1), 44-51.

Carter, T., Parrish, H., & Black, B.P. (2011). Interconception care for couples after perinatal loss. Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, 25(1), 13-20.

Black, B. & Sandelowski, M. (2010). Personal growth after severe fetal diagnosis. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 32(8):1011-1030. DOI: 10.1177/0193945910371215

Black, B.P., Holditch-Davis, D., & Miles, M.S. (2009). Life course theory as a framework to examine becoming a mother of a medically fragile preterm infant. Research in Nursing & Health, 32, 38-49.

Holditch-Davis, D., Miles, M. S., Weaver, M. A., Black, B. P., Beeber, L. S., Thoyre, S., & Engelke, S.  (2009). Patterns of distress in African-American mothers of preterm infants.  Journal of Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics, 30 (3), 193-205.  NIHMSID: NIHMS126550

Holditch-Davis, D., Schwartz, T., Black, B., & Scher, M. (2007). Correlates of mother-premature infant interactions. Research in Nursing and Health, 30, 333-346.

Black, B., Holditch-Davis, D., Schwartz, T., & Scher, M. (2006) Effects of antenatal magnesium sulfate and corticosteroid therapy on sleep states of preterm infants. Research in Nursing and Health, 29(4), 269-280.

Miles, M., Holditch-Davis, D., Eron, J., Black, B., Pedersen, C., & Harris, D. (2003). An HIV self-care symptom management intervention for African American mothers. Nursing Research, 52(6), 350-360.

Holditch-Davis, D. & Black, B. (2003) Care of preterm infants: Programs of research and their relationship to developmental science. Annual Review of Nursing Research, 21:23-60.

Miles, M., Holditch-Davis, D., Eron, J., Black, B., Wu, Yaoshi, & Harris, D. (2003). An HIV self-care management intervention for African American mothers.  Nursing Research, 52, 350-360.

Black, B. & Miles, M. (2002). Calculating risks and benefits of disclosure in African American women with HIV.  JOGNN, 31(6), 688-697.

Black, B., Holditch-Davis, D., Sandelowski, M., Harris, B. (1995). Comparison of pregnancy symptoms of infertile and fertile couples. Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, 9(2), 1-9.

Holditch-Davis, D. Black, B., Sandelowski, M., Harris, B., and Belyea, M. (1995). Fertility status and symptoms in childbearing couples. Research in Nursing and Health, 18, 417-426.

Holditch-Davis, D., Black, B.P., Harris, B.G., Sandelowski, M., & Edwards, L. (1994). Beyond couvade: Pregnancy symptoms in couples with a history of infertility. Health Care for Women International, 15, 537-548.

Sandelowski, M. & Black, B. (1994). The epistemology of expectant parenthood (and response to commentaries). Western Journal of Nursing Research, 16(6), 601-622.

Sandelowski, M., Harris, B., Black, B. (1992). Relinquishing infertility: The work of pregnancy for infertile couples. Qualitative Health Research2(3), 282-301.

ABSTRACTS

Black, B.P. (2009) Agency in context of pregnancy complicated by a severe fetal diagnosis. Journal of Women’s Health, 18 (10), 1513.

Black, B.P. (2008). Developmental and situational crises of late adolescence/early adulthood in military couples with life-threatening fetal anomalies. Journal of Women’s Health, 17(8), 1231.

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

Black, B.P. (2014). Understanding the Context of Reproductive Loss in Lesbian Couples. Seminar at the 19th Biennial International Perinatal Bereavement Conference, San Antonio, TX, November 8, 2014, 35 attendees.

Black, B.P. (2013). Perinatal Bereavement: A Matter of Birth and Death. Plenary presentation at the 41st Annual Conference of the NC Chapter of AWHONN, Winston-Salem, NC, April 12, 2013, 150 attendees.

Black, B.P. (2013). Exploring Parental Grief in Perinatal Death. Presentation at the UNC/Duke Pediatric Palliative Care Collaborative Series, Chapel Hill, NC, February 12, 2013, 25 attendees.

Black, B.P. (2013). Juxtaposing Birth and Death. Presentation at UNC/Duke Pediatric Palliative Care Collaborative Series, Chapel Hill, NC, February 5, 2013, 25 attendees.

Black, B.P. (2012). Caring for Terminally Ill Newborns and Their Families. Presentation at UNC Hospice, Pittsboro, NC, July 25, 2012.

Black, B.P. (2011). Perinatal Palliative Care: Research and Implications for Practice. Presentation at Moses Cone Hospital, Palliative Care Steering Committee and Kids Path Pediatric Palliative Care Team, Greensboro, NC, December 7, 2011, 23 attendees.

Black, B.P. (2011) Perinatal Palliative Care: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are Going. Presentation at Mission Hospital, Perinatal Loss and Grief Support Team and Staff, Asheville, NC, December 1, 2011, 25 attendees.

Black, B.P. (2010) Potential for Personal Growth after Diagnosis of a Life-threatening Fetal Anomaly. Paper presented at Perinatal Care Conference, UNC School of Medicine Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC, January 25, 2010, 50 attendees.

Black, B.P. (2010). Nurses’ Roles in Caring for Couples after a Diagnosis of a Fetal Defect. Paper presented at the All-Russia Nursing Conference: Nursing in Russia: History, Achievements, and Future Trends: Research Activity of Nurses, St. Petersburg, Russia, April 3, 2010, 100 attendees.

Black, B.P. (2010). Implementation of the Perinatal Palliative Care Study: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Examination of a Complex Problem. Presentation at the Perinatal Care Conference, UNC School of Medicine Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC, April 18, 2011, 40 attendees.

REFEREED PRESENTATIONS

Black, B.P., Wright, P., & Limbo, R. (2014, November). Writing for Publication and Presentation. Pre-conference workshop at the 19th Biennial International Conference on Perinatal and Infant Death, San Antonio, TX.

Wright, P. & Black, B.P. (2013, April). The Role of Rumination in Personal Growth after Pregnancy Loss. Symposium at the International Conference on Perinatal and Infant Death, Minneapolis, MN.

Black, B.P., Wright, P., & Limbo, R. (2013, April). Writing for Publication and Presentation in the Field of Perinatal Loss and Bereavement. Pre-conference workshop at the 18th Biennial International Conference on Perinatal and Infant Death, Minneapolis, MN.

Black, B.P. & Limbo, R. (2012, February). A Whole Different Light: Personal Growth and Transformation in Couples after Severe Fetal Diagnosis. Poster presentation at the twenty-sixth annual conference of the Southern Nursing Research Society, New Orleans, LA.

Black, B.P. & Sandelowski, M. (2011, August). Diagnosis of Severe Fetal Defects/Perinatal                      Loss: A Precipitant of Personal Growth. Poster presentation at the NIH Research Summit, The Science of Compassion: Future Directions in End of Life and Palliative Care, Bethesda, MD.

Black, B.P. (2009, November). Agency: Complexities of Choice Related to a Severe Fetal Diagnosis. Podium Presentation at the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health Sixth Annual Interdisciplinary Women’s Health Research Symposium, Bethesda, MD.

Christy, C., Black, B.P., & Harris, B. (2009, August). Fundamentals of Human Subjects Protection. Poster presentation at the 7th Annual US-Russia International Nursing Conference, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Black, B. (2009, April). On the Shoulders of Other Disciplines: Nursing Research on End-of-Life Care at the Beginning of Life. BIRCWH Scholar Presentation at the Tenth Annual Women’s Health Research Conference, Center for  Women’s Health Research, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.

 Black, B. (2009, February). Agency as a Function of Early Mothering of Medically Fragile Infants.  Paper presentation at the twenty-third annual conference of the Southern Nursing Research Society, Baltimore, MD.

Black, B. (2009, February). Developmental Challenges for Young Adult Women with Severe Fetal Diagnoses. Poster presentation at the twenty-third annual conference of the Southern Nursing Research Society, Baltimore, MD.

Black, B. (2008, November). Young military couples with severe fetal anomalies: A life course perspective. Poster presentation at the National Meeting of BIRCWH (Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health) Scholars, Bethesda, MD.

Black, B. (2008, October). UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health Perinatal   Palliative         Care Program: An interdisciplinary approach to the end of life at the beginning of life. Poster presentation at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s 9th     Clinical Team Conference, Dallas, TX.

Holditch-Davis, D., Miles, M. S.,Weaver, M., Thoyre, S., Beeber, L.,  Black, B.P., Wereszczak, J., & Engelke, S.  (2008, March).  Nursing support intervention for African American mothers:  Effect on maternal psychological well-being and the mother-child relationship.  Paper presentation at the biennial International Conference on Infant Studies, Vancouver, Canada.

Black, B., Holditch-Davis, D., Miles, M., & Elder, G. (2006, January). Mothers of medically fragile infants: Life course theory as a framework for understanding maternal role and identity. Paper presentation at the conference on Prevention and Management of Chronic Conditions: International Perspectives, Bangkok, Thailand.

Holditch-Davis, D., Miles, M.S., Belyea, M., Beeber, L., Thoyre, S., & Black, B.P. (2005, April). Rural, African American mothers of preterm infants: Patterns of distress in the hospital. Presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Atlanta, GA.

Black, B., Holditch-Davis, D., & Schwartz, T. (2004, February). Effects of antenatal magnesium sulfate and glucocorticoid therapy on sleep states of preterm infants. Paper presentation at the meeting of the Southern Nursing Research Society, Eighteenth Annual Conference, Louisville, KY.

Holditch-Davis, D. & Black, B. (2003, February). Care of preterm infants: Programs of research and relationship to developmental science. In M. Miles (Chair), Developmental science and nursing research with children and parents: An integrative review of research in four areas of practice. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Southern Nursing Research Society Seventeenth Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.

Miller, J., Durham, C., Moore, K., & Black, B. (2002, November).  A competency-focused, accelerated program built on the strengths of the second degree student.  Podium presentation at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Baccalaureate Education Conference, Orlando, FL.

Black, B. & Miles, M.  (2001, February).  The calculus of disclosure: A risk-benefit model used by African American mothers with HIV to prevent being stigmatized. Poster session presented at the Fifteenth Annual Conference of the Southern Nursing Research Society, Baltimore, MD.

Miles, M., & Black, B.  (2000, November).  HIV self-care management intervention with southeastern U.S.A. African American HIV+ mothers.  Poster session presented at the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care 13th Annual Conference, San Juan, PR.

Black, B., & Miles, M.  (2000, November).  The calculus of disclosure in HIV+ African American women.  Poster session presented at the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care Thirteenth Annual Conference, San Juan, PR.

Black, B., & Miles, M.  (2000). The calculus of disclosure in HIV+ African American women.  Paper presented at the Sixth Annual International Qualitative Research Conference, Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Miles, M., Black, B., & Holditch-Davis, D.  (1999).  An HIV symptom management model for African American mothers. Paper presented at the Southern Nursing Research Society Thirteenth Annual Conference, Charleston, SC.

Sandelowski, M., & Black, B.  (1993).  Getting to know you: Toward an epistemology of expectant parenthood.  Paper presented at the Southern Nursing Research Society Seventh Annual Conference, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL.

Sandelowski, M., Harris, B., & Black, B.  (1993). Channel of desire: Fetal ultrasonography and a habit of seeing.  Paper presented at the ANA Council of Nurse Researchers, Washington, DC.

Black, B., & Sandelowski, M.  (1992). Beyond couvade: Couples' experiences of pregnancy symptoms. In M. Sandelowski (Chair), Pregnancy and early parenting after infertility: Reports from a longitudinal study.  Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Southern Nursing Research Society Sixth Annual Conference, Nashville, TN.

Black, B., Holditch-Davis, D., Sandelowski, M. & Harris, B.G.  (1990).  Pregnancy symptomatology of infertile couples. Paper presented at the NAACOG Third Biennial Research Conference: Making a Difference in Women’s and Children’s Health, Denver, CO.

OTHER

Black, B.P. (1993) Caring in hellish places. In Styles, M.M. & Moccia, P. (Eds.), On Nursing: A Literary Celebration: An Anthology (pp. 131-143). New York: Jones & Bartlett Publishing.

Funded (Completed)

Role Title Percent Effort Agency Dates
Principal Investigator Perinatal Loss in Lesbian Couples

 

N/A Gay and Lesbian Medical Association/Lesbian Health Fund 3/1/13-2/28/15
Principal Investigator End-of-Life Care after Severe Fetal Diagnosis; Grant No. 1R21NR011487-01A1 50% National Institute of Nursing Research, NIH 4/5/11-3/30/13
Principal Investigator IBM Fund: Perinatal Care Options Study – Spanish version N/A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Junior Faculty Development Award 1/1/08-12/31/08
Scholar BIRCWH (Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health); E. Orringer, PI; K12 HD01441

Mentored Clinical Scholars grant: Perinatal Care Options Study; M.Sandelowski, PhD, RN, FAAN, mentor

75% NICHD-NIH 2006-2009

7/01/00 - 6/30/10

Project Manager and Co-investigator Nursing Support Intervention with Mothers of Preterm Infants; Diane Holditch-Davis, PI; Margaret Miles, Co-PI; Grant No. R01 NR05263 - A1 40% National Institute of Nursing Research, NIH 9/30/01-6/30/06
Project Manager Assessment of Biologic and Social Risk in Preterm Infants; Diane Holditch-Davis, PI; Grant No. R01 NR01894 35-100% National

Institute of Nursing Research, NIH

6/1/98 - 2/28/03
Project Manager Intervention Nurse, Symptom Management Intervention for

Mothers with HIV; Margaret Miles, PI, Grant No. R01 NR 04416

50-100% National Institute of Nursing Research, NIH 9/96 – 9/99

 

Graduate Assistant Transition to Parenthood of Infertile Couples Grant, Margarete Sandelowski, PI; Grant No. R01 NR01707 50% National

Institute For Nursing Research, NIH

4/15/88 – 3/31/93

 

Unfunded

Role Title Total Direct Amount (FTE if available) Percent Effort Agency Dates
Co-Investigator Comprehensive Survey of Perinatal Palliative Care Programs in the United States

D. Côté-Arsenault, K. Kavanaugh, Principal Investigators; C. Wool, E. Denney-Koelsch, Co-Investigators

 

N/A N/A N/A May-June, 2015