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Carmen M. Kiraly, PhD, RN, BC-WHNP

Associate Professor of Nursing

Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. PhD in Nursing Research (2019)Adelphi University, Garden City, NY. M.S. in Nursing (2000); Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program (2000) Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY. BS in Nursing. (1982)


I completed my PhD degree at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in nursing research and graduated in May 2019. My research project titled, Exploring Maternal Factors Linked to Weight Status in Salvadoran Infants, examined maternal physiologic factors, and infant feeding practices and behaviors, that are potentially associated with infant weight status > 85th percentile in Salvadoran mother-infant dyads. I embrace a teaching pedagogy that is challenging yet conducive to learning by encouraging students to set high educational goals to reinforce the importance of “life-long learning.” I have been a dedicated health care professional in Maternal-Child nursing for over 30 years, first as a staff nurse in the acute care setting, and then as a Certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner as a per diem clinician providing family planning, STI services, and specialized care in women’s health at Planned Parenthood HP.

I recently completed 15 years of teaching as a full-time, nursing faculty in an AS program on Long Island, New York.  In fall 2019, I began teaching at LIU Brooklyn in the School of Nursing as full-time tenure-track Associate Professor.


  • New York State Registered Nurse; New York State Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner  
  • NCC WHNP Re-certification March 2019
  • Current BLS certification   


Dissertation Research: Exploring Maternal Factors Linked to Weight Status in Salvadoran Infants. Results manuscript to be published 2019-2020.

Donley, R., & Kiraly, C. (2019). Protecting the young from human trafficking. Health Progress. July-August, 48-54.

Donley, R., & Kiraly, C. (2018).  The political and policy culture in Washington DC. In Richard Zoucha (Ed). Annual Review of Nursing Research, 37, 173-192.

Kiraly, C., Turk, M., Kalarchian, M., & Shaffer, C. (2017) Applying ecological frameworks in obesity intervention studies in Hispanic/Latino youth: A systematic review. Hispanic Health Care International, 15(3), 130-142.  

Donley, R. & Kiraly, C. (2017).  The DNP prepared nurse’s role in health policy and advocacy.  In M.E. Glasgow & M Dreyer, ED.  Role development for doctoral advanced nursing practice. New York: Springer.  Chapter review on the traditional role of the DNP and the emerging climate in a challenging healthcare environment. The recent growth of DNP programs, the role of the DNP as educator, researcher, and care manager, as well as areas of consensus and controversy are explored.  

Lectures and Presentations

2016. Poster Presenter. 42nd Annual Conference, Transcultural Nursing Society, Cincinnati, OH. Title: Exploring Determinants of Weight in Infants of Salvadoran Mothers – A Proposed Quantitative Research Study   

2015. Poster Presenter – Eastern Nursing Research Society 27th Annual Scientific Sessions. Washington D.C. Title: “Factors Linked to overfeeding in Latino Infants”

2015. Poster Presenter & Panel Discussion - Molloy College Center for Nursing Research & Scholarly Practice. Sigma Theta Tau, Epsilon Kappa Chapter, International Honor Society. Nursing Research & Evidence-Based Practice Conference, Rockville Centre, NY. “Factors Linked to Overfeeding in Latino Infants”   

March 16, 2012. Poster Presenter - SUNY @ Farmingdale 2nd Annual Nursing Education     Conference. QSEN: Bridging Gap between Academia and Practice. Farmingdale, NY. Title: “Implementing Breast Feeding Education into the Maternity Clinical Setting”


  • Sigma Theta Tau, Epsilon Phi Chapter, Research Award – 2018
  • Sabbatical Spring 2018 from Suffolk County Community College
  • Suffolk Community College Virtual Learning Commons Award – 2017
  • Duquesne University SON Graduate Student Travel Award – 2015  
  • Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning Award – 2015  
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Inducted 2015  
  • Suffolk Community College Professional Development Award – 2014 and 2016  
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Duquesne University Holy Spirit Chapter – 2014  
  • Molloy College. Sigma Theta Tau, Epsilon Kappa Research/Evidence Based Practice Conference. Outstanding Poster Award/Panel Discussion. 2015  


  • Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science
  • Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Eastern Nursing Research Society
  • National League for Nursing
  • New York State United Teachers
  • Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nurses