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Amanda Aaronson

Assistant Professor

Full-Time Faculty


Amanda Burke-Aaronson teaches in the Bachelor’s and Master’s in nursing programs. Her focus is women’s health, obstetric and neonatal nursing. Her professional experience is as a mother-baby nurse (postpartum and well-baby) as well as a newborn intensive care nurse. She is a volunteer birth doula – a non-medical labor and birth support person – as well. She has a side focus on advocating for, and striving to bring appropriate gender-affirming healthcare for transgender people, especially in our next generation of nurses. Dr. Burke-Aaronson started in the School of Nursing and Health Professions (SONHP) in the summer of 2011. She is active in the Academic Standards Committee, and numerous task forces within the SONHP. She has served as the level lead for senior 1 (women’s health and pediatrics) since Fall of 2012. She serves the University on the CORE E committee. In the community she works with a group of parents assisting primary schools appropriately align curriculum to be gender-inclusive, and how to best create gender-affirming environments. She also works with primary schools around issues of mental-health, and how to strive to provide children dealing with these illnesses environments free from stigma.

Research Areas

  • Fetal-to-neonatal transition
  • Pregnancy
  • Birth
  • Maternal-infant bonding
  • Kangaroo Care
  • Premature neonates
  • Term neonates
  • Symptoms
  • Neonatal quality of life

Selected Publications

  • Burke-Aaronson, A. (2018) A nurse and parent’s perspective on the medical/nursing approach to transgender youth. Journal of Neonatology and Clinical Pediatrics, 5(10), 100024-100025.
  • Burke-Aaronson, A.C. (2018) Use of a practice exam to target final exam review sessions. COJ Nursing and Healthcare, 3(4), e1-2.
  • Torres, R., Gay, C., Goyal, D. & Burke-Aaronson, A.C. (2017) Patterns of perinatal depression and stress in late adolescent and young adult mothers. Journal of Gynecologic, Obstetric & Neonatal Nurses, S0884-2175(17)30358-1.
  • Burke-Aaronson A (2017) Mode of birth and infant outcomes: A review of literature. International Journal Pediatrics and Child Care: Open Access, 1(1):4
  • Burke-Aaronson, A.C. (2015) Using allostatic load as a framework for neonatal research, Journal of Nursing and Health Sciences, 1(3) e1-e3.
  • Burke-Aaronson, A.C. (2015) Skin-to-skin care and breastfeeding in the perioperative suite. MCN The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, 40(2) 105-109.
  • Burke-Aaronson, A.C. (2013). Using Allostatic Load as a Framework for Neonatal Research , Submitted to Journal of Nursing Scholarship , September, 2013.
  • Geaghan S.M., & Burke A. (1995) Diagnostic evaluation of disseminated intravascular coagulation in pediatric patients. Blood, 86(10). 3471.

Additional Information


  • Burke-Aaronson, A.C. Using Allostatic Load as a Framework for Neonatal Research. Presented at Western Institute of Nursing Conference poster session, April 11, 2013.
  • Burke-Aaronson, A.C. Gay, C. & Lee, K.A. Mode of delivery and maternal and infant risk factors and health outcomes. Presented at Western Institute of Nursing Conference poster session, April 19, 2012.
  • Aaronson, A.C. (2009) Symptom management, allostatic load and the fetus. Podium Presentation, Phenotypes and Genotypes: Biomarkers of Symptom Experience. November 19, 2009.
  • Aaronson, A.C. (2009) What is quality of life in the neonate? Podium Presentation, Beyond Patient Satisfaction: Symptom Management & Quality of Life, May 21, 2009.
  • Aaronson, A.C., Gay, C., & Lee, K.A. (2008). Maternal report of fetal distress during labor more common in induced labors. Presented at Western Institute of Nursing Conference poster session, April 24, 2009.
  • Aaronson, A.C., & Zegre -Hemsey, J. (2008) Age of menarche, weight at 18 and activity level as predictors of current weight. Presented at the UCSF Graduate Student Association Career and Research Days poster session, February 26, 2009.
  • Geaghan S.M., & Burke A. (1996). Increased incidence of clinically significant thyroid function abnormalities in pediatric cancer patients. Presented at the 4th International Conference on the Long -Term Complications or Children and Adolescents for Cancer, Buffalo, NY; June 14 -15, 1996.
  • Geaghan S.M., & Burke A. (1996) Diagnosis of acute Epstein-Barr Virus infection in a pediatric population. Presented at the 96th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, New Orleans, LA; May 19 -23, 1996.


  • Mode of Delivery and Maternal and Infant Risk Factors and Health Outcomes.