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Education: Professor Sonenberg holds the following degrees: PhD from Columbia University, New York, NY; MS (Nursing) from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.; BS (Nursing) Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY; BA (Biology/Neurobiology and Behavior) from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.          

Areas of Expertise: Nurse-Midwifery and Women’s Health Advanced Nursing Practice; Health Policy in Nursing; Primary Health Care; Nursing Roles Globally.
Current Area of ResearchHealth policy related to the regulation of advanced nursing practice; global regulation and utilization of advanced practice nurses for the expansion of access to care to vulnerable populations.
Professional Experience: Professor Sonenberg joined the Lienhard School of Nursing, Pace University in 2008 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2013 with tenure.  She is teaches in the Masters and Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs.  The courses she has taught in are: Advanced Physical Assessment, Advanced Clinical Management (Women's Health content),  Advanced Nursing in Primary Health Care (MSN & DNP), Health Policy, and Decision Making in Nursing.  From 2009 to 2011 she practiced as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner in the University Health Care Unit at Pace University (Pleasantville).
From 1999 to 2008 she was a clinical instructor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University, School of Physicians and Surgeons, with a clinical position practicing full-scope nurse-midwifery in the MIC-Columbia Women’s Health Services. Professor Sonenberg also held the position of Adjunct Faculty in the Graduate School of Nursing, Columbia University. She was a Nurse-Midwife at the Midwifery Group of the Hudson Valley in Cold Spring, NY; The Family Birth Midwifery Group in Peekskill, NY; and at St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital Center Nurse-Midwifery Service in New York, NY. Dr. Sonenberg began her nursing career as a staff nurse in a high-risk antepartum unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD.
Grant Submission: 
Sonenberg, A., Knepper, H., Levine, H., & Sabharwal, M. (In Review).  "Eliminating cross state-border barriers: would standardizing state regulatory policy influence improved primary care outcomes in low-income populations?" National Institute of Minority and Health Disparities R21

Publications 2015-2016:

Sonenberg, A. & Knepper, H. (In Review after Revision). Considering Disparities: How do nurse practitioner regulatory policies, access to care, and health outcomes vary across four states? Nursing Outlook.

Knepper, H., Sonenberg, A., & Knepper, H. [Editors].  (In publication). Socio-environmental context of our actions: Building a culture of health. Journal of Health and Human Services Administration-Symposium on Member Health.

Sonenberg, A. (In Revision for Resubmission). Proposed revisions to Medicare payment rule: Advance care planning. American Journal of Nursing.
Glaser, E.,…Sonenberg, A., et al. (2016, Feb. 27). Nursing's response to the Harvard-LSHTM Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola. The Lancet, Vol. 387, No. 10021, p848.
Knepper, H., Sonenberg, A., & Levine, H. (2015). Cost-savings of nurse practitioner managed diabetes primary care: A preliminary Study.   International Journal of Services and Standards: Special Issue "Healthcare Management Quality and Standards in a Global World." 10:1/2, p. 17-31.


 Publications in Development 2015-2016:

Roye,C., Epstein, C., Frederisckson,K., Sonenberg,A., Ferrara, L., Greenberg, Drury, L., Wexler, S. (In Development). Reviewing Institutional Review Boards: When IRBs and Research Progress Collide.

Presentations in 2015-2016:

2016, June

Academy Health Annual Research Meeting

“Exploring Disparities: How Do Health Workforce, Policies, Access to Care, and Population Health Outcomes Vary Across Four States?”

(Peer Reviewed; Poster Session; Co-Author, Presenter)

2016, April

Yale Global Health Innovations Conference


“Improving Health In Haiti By Educating Family Nurse Practitioners”

(Oral Social Enterprise Pitch; Co-Author)

2016, April

National Academies of Practice


“Methodological challenges of investigating inter-professional workforce capacity to improve vulnerable population health outcomes”

 (Peer Reviewed; Poster Session; Co-Author, Presenter)

2015, November

Northeast Business and Economic Association


“Exploring Medicaid Billing, Health Outcomes, and the Impact of Nurse Practitioner Regulatory Policy:
Methodological Challenges”

(Peer Reviewed; Panel Session; Co-Author)

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