Catherine Hamilton

Dept. Chair, Assistant Professor


Nursing and Health Sciences

Irving Hall 316

Saint John
1 506 648 5734

Educational summary

  • University of Florida: PhD – Nursing (candidate)
  • Yale University: Masters of Science - Maternal-Child Health
  • Duke University: Bachelors of Science Nursing
  • Stephens College: Bachelors of Science - Chemistry
  • Cambridge University (England): Baccalaureate study-abroad
  • Certified Nurse-Midwife: American Midwifery Certification Board
  • Rudd Adoption Research Scholar, University of Massachusetts

Areas of interest

  • Maternal Child Health (Midwifery - obstetrics, gynecology, newborn)
  • Adverse childhood experiences
  • Families with children
  • Adoptive families
  • Community Health
  • Social Network Analysis

Classroom and clinical teaching

Undergraduate and graduate classroom and online teaching in areas of maternal child health, therapeutic and professional communication, community health, physical assessment, research methods and leadership.


Hamilton, C.A., Vacca, R., & Stacciarini, J.M. (2017). The emergence of team science: Understanding the state of adoption studies through social network analysis. Adoption & Fostering, Online First.

Hamilton, C.A. & Stacciarini, J.M. Developing a Personal Network Data Collection Tool for Adolescents. Pilot study, University of Florida College of Nursing, Gainesville, FL.

Hamilton, C.A. A comparison of obstetrical outcomes in a tertiary care center and birthing center. Unpublished Master’s thesis, Yale University.

Poster presentations

Hamilton, C.A., Vacca, R., & Stacciarini, J.M. (2014) Emerging team science revealed through scientific network analysis. Poster, Rudd Adoption Conference, University of Massachusetts.

Hamilton, C.A. & Elder, J. (2013) Connecting to Post-adoption services through social networks. Poster, Southern Nursing Research Society annual conference, San Antonio, TX.

Park S. Y., Yoon, S. L., Hamilton, C.A. & Cook, C. (2015). Brief Research Report on Understanding the Meaning of Driving for Older Americans: A Korean's Perspective on Two Different Cultures. Poster, Sigma Theta Tau International's 26th International Nursing Research Congress, San Juan PR.

Juried presentations

Hamilton, C.A. & Dehouske, E (2016). Navigating Healthcare: How to Plan and Advocate for Adoption-Competent Primary Medical Care. Presented at North American Council on Adoptable Children Conference You are Not Alone: Building a Community to Support Permanency, Nashville, TN.

Awards / grants

US Federal grant "Comprehensive Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program." Authored/ awarded/managed $1.2 million grant for St. Mary’s Hospital, Waterbury, CT.

US Public Health Service Commissioned Officer Award for "Excellent Sustained Service", Recipient.

John & Suzanne Roueche Excellence Award, League for Innovation in the Community College, Recipient.

Professional and service activities

  • Hospice of Charlotte County, Board member
  • American College of Nurse-Midwives
  • Sigma Theta Tau, National Honor Society of Nursing
  • North American Council for Adoptable Children, Member