Martha Swartz, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN

Professor of Nursing and Primary Care Division Chair

Yale School of Nursing - Room 21501

phone: 203-737-5432
fax: 203-737-5710



Martha K. Swartz is a Professor and Chair of the Primary Care Division of the Master’s Program. She also holds a joint appointment as a pediatric nurse practitioner at Yale New Haven Hospital Pediatric Primary Care Center. Her undergraduate degrees are from Oberlin College and the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate from the University of Connecticut.

She is the recipient of the Virginia Henderson Clinical Scholarship Award, Sigma Theta Tau International, Delta Mu Chapter (1999), a University of Connecticut Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, the Scholarship for Leadership Award (meritorious) from Nurses Educational Funds, Inc., and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Pediatric Health Care, and has also held numerous offices for national professional associations, most recently as Secretary for the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. 

Research Interests/Clinical Practice

Research Interests

Dr. Swartz scholarly areas of interest include primary care of the newborn and preterm infant, health related quality of life in children with chronic illness, and editorial and publication practices in nursing.  Other areas of interest include; health related quality in children with chronic illness, parenting preterm infants, and editorial and publication practices in nursing.

Selected Publications/Presentations


Swartz, M. (2015). Open access publishing: Scholarly or predatory? Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 29, 121-122.

Swartz, M. (2015). What health care is learning from the aviation industry. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 29, 1-2.

Swartz, M. (2014). Nurse practitioners: Who we are, and who we are not. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 28, 475.

Swartz, M. (2014). Commercial sexual exploitation of minors: Overlooked and underreported. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 28, 195-196.

Scott, E. & Swartz, M. (epub ahead of print, July 8, 2014). Student Experiences on the HAVEN Free Clinic Leadership Board. Journal of Interprofessional Care.

Silva, G., Swartz, M. & Maloney, S. (2014). Applying attachment theory to improve treatment adherence among chronically ill patients. The Nurse Practitioner, 39, 42 – 48.

Swartz, M. (2014). Critical theory as a framework for academic nursing practice.  Journal of Nursing Education, 53, 271-276. 

Kane, V. & Swartz, M. (2013). Hematologic disorders. In C. Burns, A. Dunn, M. Brady, N. Starr & C. Blosser (Eds.), Pediatric primary care: a handbook for nurse practitioners (5th ed., pp. 557 - 584). St. Louis: Elsevier Science. 

Swartz, M. (2013). Infant mortality revisited. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 27, 407.

Swartz, M. (2013). Who was Harriet Lane? Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 27, 317.

Swartz, M. (2013). A tribute to Donna Diers. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 27, 239.

Swartz, M. (2013). Protecting the privacy rights of adolescents. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 26, 161.

Swartz, M. (2013). “This time there will be change”. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 27, 81.

Swartz, M. (2013). HINARI: Providing global access to health care information. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 27, 1.

Swartz, M. (2012). The contributions of student run free clinics. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 26, 397.