Monica Roosa Ordway, PhD, APRN, PNP-BC

Monica Ordway

Associate Professor of Nursing

Yale School of Nursing - Room 20409

phone: 203-737-5354
fax: 203-737-4480



After receiving her bachelor’s in physics from Fairfield University in 1994, Dr. Ordway earned her certificate in nursing and MSN from Yale School of Nursing in 1997 and her PhD in 2011. Her dissertation research examined the effects of the Minding the Baby® home visiting intervention on child behaviors 1-3 years after families completed the research program. She subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship under joint mentorship from YSN and the Yale School of Medicine (Psychiatry) from 2011-2013. Her postdoctoral fellowship involved working on adapting the Mothering from the Inside Out (MIO) intervention for implementation into a community mental health clinic.

Dr. Ordway received a National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health, NINR, for her dissertation research. She was a Zigler Fellow at the Edward Zigler Center for Child Development and Social Policy (2012-2013) and a Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar (2010-2011). She was awarded the Anthony DiGuida Delta Mu Research Prize in Nursing (2012) and named one of YSN’s 90 Nurses in 90 years (2013).

Dr. Ordway is currently an Assistant Professor and also on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut League for Nursing and the Delta Mu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau.

Research Interests/Clinical Practice

Research Interests

Dr. Ordway’s current research focuses on identifying buffering mechanisms to the relationship between stress and health among young socioeconomically disadvantaged children. Other research interests include; toxic stress in children; pediatric sleep and stress; and community-engaged programs aimed to support families living with adversity.

Dr. Ordway research was featured in the following article. Low-income toddlers are not getting enough sleep: How one pediatric sleep researcher is finding biological evidence

Clinical Practice

Dr. Ordway’s clinical practice as a pediatric nurse practitioner, led her to develop an intellectual interest in the mechanisms involved in the relationship between parenting and child behavior that led to continuing her education at YSN.

Selected Publications/Presentations


Suchman, NE, Ordway, MR, de las Heras, L., McMahon, TJ. (under review) Mothering from the Inside Out: Results of a pilot study testing a mentalization-based therapy for mothers enrolled in mental health services (RAHD-2016-0027). Attachment and Human Development

Ordway, MR, McMahon, TJ, de las Heras, L., Suchman, NE (under review). Facilitators and barriers to piloting an evidenced-based parenting program in a community mental health setting. American Journal of Community Psychology

Simpson, T., Condon, E., Price, R., Finch, B. Sadler, LS, Ordway, MR (2016). Demystifying Infant Mental Health: What the Primary Care Provider Needs to Know. Journal of Pediatric Healthcare.

Ordway, M. R., Webb, D., Sadler, L. S., & Slade, A. (2015). Parental reflective functioning: An approach to enhancing parent-child relationships in pediatric primary care. Journal of Pediatric Healthcare.

Ordway, M. R., Sadler, L. S., Dixon, J., & Slade, A. (2014). Parental reflective functioning: Analysis and promotion of the concept for pediatric nursing. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 23, 3490-3500. doi: 10.1111/jocn.12600.

Ordway, M.R., Sadler, LS, Slade, A, Dixon, J, Close, N, Mayes, L. (2014). Lasting effects of an interdisciplinary home visiting program on child behavior: Follow-up results of a randomized trial. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 29 (1), 3-13. doi:10.1016/j.pedn.2013.04.006.

Ordway, M. R. (2011). Depressed mothers as informants on child behavior: Methodological issues. Research in Nursing & Health, 34(6), 520-532. doi: 10.1002/nur.20463


Ordway, M.R., Sadler, L.S., Redeker, N.R. (2016, April). Associations among socioeconomic adversity, sleep, and allostatic load among toddlers. Poster presented at the Eastern Nursing Research Society 28th Annual Scientific Sessions, Pittsburgh, PA.

Sadler, L.S., Redeker, N.R., Ordway, M., Banasiak, N., Crowley, A., Caldwell, B., Canapari, C. & Fenick, A. (2016, April). Partnering with families and pediatric clinicians to improve sleep health in children living in socioeconomically stressed environments. Poster presented at the Eastern Nursing Research Society 28th Annual Scientific Sessions, Pittsburgh, PA.

Ordway, M., McMahon, T., DeCoste, C., & Suchman, N. (2013, April) Society for Research on Child Development Biennial Meeting, Seattle, WA, Mothering from the Inside Out: Preliminary findings from a mentalization-based parenting intervention for mothers involved in mental health services.

Ordway, M.R., Sadler, L.S., Slade, A., Dixon, J., Close, N., Mayes, L (2012, September). The effects of Parenting on child behavior: A three year follow up of a randomized clinical trial. Oral presentation presented at the 2012 National State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research sponsored by the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, Washington, DC.