Dr. Gardner is a certified pediatric nurse and certified pediatric nurse practitioner with a broad child nursing background related to the care of developmentally vulnerable infants and children, and infants and young children with special health care needs. She is a graduate of Georgetown University, New York University, and the doctoral program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, as well as the LEND fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and joined the SHU faculty in September 2011. Her research interests extend to infants and children with special health care needs, mothering and parenting, as well as clinical teaching. She has been primary and co-investigator on several studies of family-related issues in developmental disabilities and autism, and has published and presented work on mothering, developmental vulnerabilities, nursing education, and research. Dr. Gardner is passionate about exploring facets of early parenthood, and about the development of nursing interventions to support effective parenting and healthy development of individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities.
- Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania; Nursing Science
- Post-Master's Certificate, State University of New York; Child Health Nurse Practitioner
- M.A. New York University; Child and Adolescent/Teaching of Nursing
- B.S.N. Georgetown University
- Gardner, M. & Foley, M. (2016). Educating Nurses about Autism: Curricular and Faculty Issues. In: Giarelli, E. & Fisher, K. Integrated Healthcare for People with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Charles C. Thomas.
- Gardner, M., Suplee, P. , Bloch, J. & Lecks, K. (2016) Exploratory Study of Childbearing Experiences of Women with Asperger Syndrome. Nursing for Women's Health, 20(1), 28-37
- Gardner, M, Suplee, P., Jerome-D'Emilia, B. (2016). Survey of Nursing Faculty Preparation for Teaching about Autism Spectrum Disorders. Nurse Educator. Published ahead of print.
- Gardner, M. (2015). A resource to help children cope with difficult situations: review of A Journey in the Moon Balloon. Pediatric Nursing, 41(6), 309-310.
- Gardner, M. (2014). Maternal caregiving and strategies used by inexperienced mothers of young infants with complex health conditions. JOGNN, 43(6), 813-823.
- Suplee, P., Gardner, M., & Borucki, L. (2014). Low income, urban minority women's perceptions of self and infant care during the postpartum period. JOGNN, 43(6), 803-812.
- Suplee, P., Gardner, M. & Jerome-D'Emelia, B. (2014).Nursing faculty preparedness for clinical teaching. Journal of Nursing Education, 53(3), S38-41.
- "A Relevant Intervention Model for Parents of Vulnerable Newborn Infants". Pediatric Nursing, 39(1), 47-48, January 2013
- "Preparing nurses to care for people with developmental disabilities". Nursing Clinics of North America, 47(4), 517-27, December 2012
- Nursing of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Evidence-based Integrated Care Across the Lifespan.
New York: Springer Publishing, 2012
- Management of Students at Risk for Clinical Failure (Book Chapter). In M.E. Glasgow, H.M. Dreher, J. Gyllenhammer & C. Oxholm (eds.), Contemporary Legal Issues Confronting Nursing Faculty: A Case Study Approach, New York: Springer, March 2012
- Evolution of the Advanced Practice Nursing Role (Book Chapter)
In H.M. Dreher and M.E. Glasgow (eds.), Role Development for Doctoral Advanced Nursing Practice, New York: Springer Publishing, March 2011
- "Conceptual, holistic and pragmatic considerations for interviewing research participants". Holistic Nursing Practice, 24(3), 148-157, May 2010
- Handbook of Clinical Teaching in Nursing and Health Sciences
Massachusetts: Jones & Bartlett, 2010
- Column Editor, Between the Lines, Pediatric Nursing, 2012-Present.
- Researcher of the Year, College of Nursing, Seton Hall University.
- Special Recognition Award, Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions.
- Student Award for Teaching Excellence, Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions, 2003.
- Outstanding Performance Award, National Certification Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Nurses.
- Excellence in Teaching Award, Foundation of U.M.D.N.J.
- Executive Committee Award for Excellence, National Certification Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Nurses.
Selected Grant Funding:
- Hispanic Mothers' Experiences with Health Services for their Children with Special Health Needs, Sigma Theta Tau Eta Mu Chapter & Society of Pediatric Nurses Research Grant.
- Identifying the Healthcare Needs of Women and Children from a Church Community in Camden, Sigma Theta Tau, Xi Chapter.
- Using a Standardized (Actor) Simulation Experience to Prepare Nurse Educators to Work with Diverse Student Populations in the Clinical Area, National League for Nursing Foundation Educational Research Grant.