Cecilia Jevitt


Research Classification

Research Interests

perinatal obesity
weight management in pregnancy
obesity prevention

Research Options

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Cecilia Jevitt completed Emory University’s midwifery program in 1982 with a master’s degree in nursing. Her 1993 doctorate in applied medical anthropology is from the University of South Florida. She practiced full scope midwifery in the Tampa Bay Florida area for 30 years and Connecticut for 5 years.

Jevitt is currently the Midwifery Director for the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine, where she is also a tenured associate professor. From 2013 to 2018, Jevitt directed and taught in the Yale School of Nursing Midwifery and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner master’s degree programs. She provided a weekly women’s health clinic at the University of New Haven Student Health Services and practiced with the Yale Midwifery Faculty Practice at the Vidone Birthing Center, St. Raphael’s Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut. She has done international capacity-building teaching and midwifery curriculum consultations in Switzerland, Laos, China and Ghana.

Jevitt taught midwifery for Frontier Nursing University, SUNY Stony Brook, and the University of Florida between 1989 and 2012. She taught women’s health, health policy and economics, evidence-based practice, and qualitative research from 1999 to 2011 with the University Of South Florida College Of Nursing while jointly appointed to the Colleges of Medicine and Public Health. In 2012, she organized an academic division of midwifery within the USF Morsani College of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Jevitt was a former American College of Nurse-Midwives Florida Chapter Chair. She directed the Professional Liability and Archives Committees for the ACNM and was the Region III Representative to the ACNM Board of Directors from 2007-2010. She was elected a Fellow of the ACNM and served as the FACNM Region 1 Governor from 2013-2018.

Jevitt was a Florida Nurses Association Great 100 Nurse in 2009, the 2010 Reviewer of the Year for the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, the University of South Florida Department of Anthropology’s Distinguished Alumni in 2012, and a 2014 Connecticut Nightingale Excellence in Nursing Award winner.

Jevitt’s scholarship focuses on perinatal weight gain optimization and integrating obesity prevention and management into women’s health especially the perinatal and lactation periods.

Research Methodology

qualitative methods, grounded theory, survey, ethnography


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