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Susan C. Vonderheid, PhD, RN

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Human Development Nursing Science

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Building & Room:

626 NURS


845 S. Damen Ave., MC 802, Chicago, IL 60612

Office Phone:




Dr. Susan Vonderheid, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at UIC College of Nursing in the Department of Human Development Nursing Science and the Director Nursing Research and facilitator of the Nurse Residency Program at the University of Illinois Health and Hospital System (UI Health). Her primary interests include the development and evaluation of interventions that improve the quality and effectiveness of care to reduce health disparities and costs with a focus on low-income ethnic minority women and their children. Her clinical background in neonatal and pediatric nursing and close collaboration with women’s health clinicians, and administrators inform her research. As PI and Co-I, Dr. Vonderheid has received external funding from HRSA-Maternal Child Health Bureau, NICHD, the March of Dimes and Delta Dental Illinois.

At UIC College of Nursing, she teaches evidence-based practice courses and mentors graduate students to complete their DNP and PhD studies. She also works with undergraduate students completing independent studies focused on research methods and Honor College students' evidence-based practice and research projects. At UI Health, Dr. Vonderheid supports nurses with scholarly activities including project development and evaluation, research protocol design, the IRB process, presentation, and publication. At UI Health and other Chicago-area hospitals, she collaborates with nurses at all levels to develop research and other projects aimed at achieving organizational goals. Passionate about the well-being of the frontline nursing workforce, Dr. Vonderheid also led the development of a monthly nurse wellness seminar series that will be expanded to all health care professionals. Dr. Vonderheid has also published numerous papers and presented at numerous professional local through international conferences.

Selected Publications

* Faculty Mentor, **Faculty Practice/Consultant Mentor, ± Senior Author

Jones, K., Raszewski, R. Howard, C., Eathington, P. Drone-Silvers, F., Williams, A.,  Williams, J., Vanwingerden, L., Nickum, A., Johnson-Barlow, E., Reynolds, C., & Vonderheid, S.C. Significance of an Online Evidence-Based Practice Education Module for Acute, Ambulatory, Public, and School Health Nurses. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing. (Accepted, 2022).

Truex, E. S., Spinner, E., Hillyer, J., Ettien, A., Wade, S., Calhoun, C., Wolf, Grace., Hedreen, R., Heimlich, L., Nickum, A., & Vonderheid, S. C. ±. Exploring the Use of Common Strict Search Criteria in Nursing Literature Searches. Nurse Educator, 10-1097.

Nickum, A., Raszewski, R., & Vonderheid, S.C. (2022) A Comparative Evaluation of Three PoCTs By Registered  Nurses. Journal of the Medical Library Association. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 110(3), 323-331.

Raszewski, R., Goben, A., Bergren, M.D., Jones, K.L., Ryan, C.J., Steffen, A.D., & Vonderheid, S.C . (2021). Exploring data management content in doctoral nursing handbooks. Journal of the Medical Library Association. 109(2), 248-257.

Raszewski, R., Goben, A., Bergren, M.D., Jones, K.L., Ryan, C.J., Steffen, A.D., & Vonderheid, S.C. (2021). A survey of current practices in data management education in nursing doctoral programs. Journal of Professional Nursing. 37(1), 155-162.

Sala, J., Mayampurath, A., Solmas, S., Vonderheid, S.C.**, Banas, M., D’Souza, A. & LaFond, C. (2020). Predictors of Pressure Injury Development in Critically Ill Adults. Intensive and Critical Care  Nursing.

Maeder, A. B., Park, C. G., Vonderheid, S. C.*, Bell, A. F., Carter, C. S., & McFarlin, B. L. (2020). Maternal and system characteristics, oxytocin administration practices, and cesarean birth rate. Birth (Berkeley,  Calif.), 47(2), 220–226.

Maeder, A. B., Vonderheid, S. C.*, Park, C. G., Bell, A. F., McFarlin, B. L., Vincent, C., & Carter, C. S. (2017). Titration of Intravenous Oxytocin Infusion for Postdates Induction of Labor Across Body Mass Index  Groups. Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing : JOGNN, 46(4), 494–507.

Vonderheid, S.C., White-Traut, R., Norr, K., & Rankin, K., & Hill, S. (2020).  Impact of an integrated mother-preterm infant intervention on birth hospitalization charges. Journal of Perinatology. 40, 858-866. doi: 10.1038/s41372-019-0567-7.

Vonderheid, S.C., Tussing-Humphreys, L. & Koenig, M.D.  (2019). Effects of Probiotics on Iron Status a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Nutrients.

Shore, J., Paun, & Vonderheid, S.C.*, (2019). The Lived-Experience of Antiretroviral Treatment (ART):  ART Adherence as a Balancing Act. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. E-pub doi:  10.1097/JNC.0000000000000096.

Sommer, P. Vonderheid, S.C*. Norr., K., Patil., C, Kelley, M. (2019). Mexican American Adolescent Mothers’ Lived Experience: Grounded Ethnicity and Authentic Mothering. Global Qualitative Nursing Research,  6, 1-15.

Bell, A. F., Andersson, E., Goding, K. & Vonderheid, S.C. (2018) The birth experience and maternal Caregiving attitudes and behavior: A systematic review.  Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, 16, 67-77. DOI: 10.1016/j.srhc.2018.02.007

Maeder A., Vonderheid S.*, Bell A, Carter CS, McFarlin BL. (2017).  Oxytocin Administration and Nursing Interventions for Women of Varying BMI Groups: Examining the Evidence. Maternal Child Nursing.

Vonderheid, S., Rankin, K., Norr, K., Vasa, R., Hill, S. & White-Traut, R. (2016). Healthcare use outcomes of an integrated hospital to home mother-preterm infant intervention. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing. 45,625-638.

Klima, C., Vonderheid, S.C., & Norr, K. & Chang, P.  (2015). Development of the Pregnancy-Related Empowerment Scale. Nursing and Health 3(5), 120-127.

Baxter, J., Kavanuaugh, K., & Vonderheid, S.C.* (2014). Exploring the Lived Experience of Trauma Among Obstetric Registered Nurses. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 43, S83-84.

Baxter, J., Kavanuaugh, K., & Vonderheid, S.C.* (2014). Exploring the Lived Experience of Trauma Among Obstetric Registered Nurses. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 43, S83-84.

Patil, C., Abrams, E.T., Klima, C., Kaponda, C.P.N., Leshabari, S.C., Vonderheid, S.C, Kamanga, M., Norr, K. (2013). CenteringPregnancy-Africa: A pilot of group antenatal care to address Millennium Development Goals. Midwifery, 29(10):1190-98.

Vonderheid, S. C., Carrie, S. K., Norr, K. F., Grady, M. A., & Westdahl, C. M. (2013). Using focus groups and social marketing to strengthen promotion of group prenatal care. Advances in Nursing Science, 36(4), 320-335.

Holditch-Davis, D., White-Traut, R., Levy, J., Williams, K.L, Ryan, D., & Vonderheid, S. (2013). Maternal Satisfaction with Administering Infant Interventions in the NICU. Journal of Gynecology and Neonatal Nursing, 42, 641-654.