Heather Marie Rice, PhD, APRN-CNP, PMHS
 Title: Assistant Professor
 Dept: Nursing
 Office: JH 226
 Phone: 216-687-4593
 Email: h.m.rice@csuohio.edu
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. JH 226, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Neighborhood Disorganization, Social Support, Adolescents, Mental Health, Substance Use
B.S., Biology, Wittenberg University, 2007
B.S., Nursing, Lakeview College of Nursing, 2009
M.S.N., Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University, 2012
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University, 2017
Brief Bio:
Heather M. Rice PhD, APRN-CNP, PMHS is a proud Cleveland native with a passion for service focusing specifically on families and children. She is an assistant professor and researcher from CSU School of Nursing. Dr. Rice also works as a pediatric nurse practitioner providing primary care and mental health services for children and adolescents at a community agency. Dr. Rice is an active member of several academic, community and professional organizations that advocate for child and maternal health, mental illness and trauma prevention. Dr. Rice is very passionate about health equity and advocates for the needs of children and families.

Dr. Rice's program of research focuses on neighborhood conditions, maternal health, toxic stress and infant mortality in African American women. She is currently the Co-Principal Investigator over three grant-funded projects working in partnership with the community organization Birthing Beautiful Communities (BBC). The first project Survive and Thrive: A New Future for African American Babies will develop an explanatory algorithm to identify the macroeconomic and microeconomic causal links that lead to infant mortality. The core intervention will lead to the development of a mobile app that combines social and clinical interventions for the mother, father and Navigator (Perinatal support specialist/ Doula). Through this research initiative, community health workers who have an interest in providing perinatal support services will receive additional specialized training from Birthing Beautiful Communities and work directly with the families who will be utilizing the mobile app.

The remaining two projects funded by the CSU Office of Research and Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is entitled "Addressing African American Maternal and Infant Mortality Using Technology during the COVID-19 Crisis". This project extends previous work by conducting a mixed-methods study to explore birth outcomes and experiences during the pandemic. The study will examine the birth outcomes of mothers delivering during COVID-19 as well as the meaning of perinatal support services for clients and staff in the context of social distancing.
Honors and Awards:
Top 100 Great Ohio Nurses Award
Black Excellence in Nursing Award
Featured in Cincinnati Herald "Werking Women" Campaign
YWCA Distinguished Young Woman Award
Featured in Women's Empowerment Campaign "Could be bitter, but I'm better"
March of Dimes Finalist for Nurse of the Year in Psychiatry
CWRU Civic Engagement Scholar
Northeast Ohio Top 25 under 35 Movers and Shakers Award
Jonas IV Nurse Leaders Scholar
CWRU Legacy Fellowship
Research Interests:
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Maternal Health
Infant Mortality
Chronic Stress
Toxic Stress
Neighborhood Conditions
Social Support
Professional Affiliations:
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society
National Alliance of Mental Illness (N.A.M.I)
Society for Adolescent Health & Medicine (SAHM)
Research Grants:
Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Rapid Response Grant on COVID-19: Addressing African American Maternal and Infant Mortality Using Technology During the COVID-19 Crisis. August 2020-January 2021, $5,000, Role: Co-Principal Investigator.

CR3 (Social Determinants of Health): Addressing African American Maternal and Infant Mortality Using Technology During the COVID-19 Crisis. May-Dec 2020, $6,787, Role: Co-Principal Investigator.

Survive and Thrive- A New Future for African American Babies funded by Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE), 2020-2021, $1.96 million, Role: Co-Principal Investigator.