Katheleen Hawes Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Hawes provides clinical services in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and at the Perinatal and Postpartum Clinic at the Center for Children and Families at Women & Infants Hospital, where she treats women and their partners experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety issues. Treatment includes individual and family psychotherapy. She is an assistant professor (adjunct) in the Department of Pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She trained in adult psychiatry and mental health at the University of Rhode Island and is board certified in adult psychiatric-mental health advanced practice nursing. Her research, clinical work, and lectures focus on stress and trauma related to the premature birth experience.  In addition she studies the relationship between nursing practice and parent and infant outcomes; nurse-patient interaction; the healthcare work environment and provider and patient outcomes; and system and culture change in healthcare.

Brown Affiliations

Research Areas

scholarly work

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research overview

Current research focus is on genetic variability and stress reactivity. The pilot project

Neuroendocrine Correlates of Empathy and Stress Reactivity in Registered Nurses will examine the relationships among genetic variablity, stress reactivity, empathy, workplace stress, and lateral violence in staff nurses.

funded research

Women & Infants Hospital Department Funds: MRI in Moderate and Late Preterm Infants

University of RI- Council for Research: Neuroendocrine Correlates of Empathy and Stress Reactivity in Registered Nurses