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Kaboni Whitney Gondwe PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

I am an assistant professor in the Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing department. I am originally from Malawi where I trained as a nurse-midwife. My career spans over 10 years and my experiences both in Malawi and the US have shaped my research trajectory. My program of research has focused on improving maternal and infant outcomes in Malawi and the US by studying the role of stress on adverse birth outcomes, maternal mental health and how it relates to mother-infant interactions and adverse pregnancy outcomes such as preterm birth, the role of racism and discrimination and other social determinants of health on predicting the risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes especially Black and Brown persons, and factors contributing to adverse pregnancy and infant outcomes among African immigrant women. I am currently studying the pathways in which life course stress, racial discrimination, nutrition security, neighborhood satisfaction, and social support contribute to pro-inflammatory profiles of pregnant and non-pregnant Black women in the US.


2018 PhD in Nursing – Duke University, School of Nursing
2018 Doctoral Certificate in Global Health – Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University
2012 MSN – Ohio University
2009 Certificate in Midwifery – University of Malawi, Kamuzu College of Nursing
2007 BSN – University of Malawi, Kamuzu College of Nursing
2006 Certificate in Global Nursing – Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Hogeschool Van Amsterdam

Awards, accolades and distinguished memberships:
Fulbright Scholarship – 2010-2012

What classes do you teach?
Social Determinants of Health (NURS 552)

What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?
I love the dedication to diversity and inclusion at University of Washington and the willingness for collaboration within the school and across campus. My work also fits perfectly with the school of nursing and the university at large as I aim at advancing my work both in the US and globally.


Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing

Research Areas

  • Innovative Interventions
  • Symptom Science
  • Health Equity
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University of Washington, School of Nursing
Dept of Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing
Box 357262
1959 NE Pacific St.
Seattle, WA 98195

Office: T 415B