NEF Scholar Advancements

Abigail Wilpers, MSN, WHNP-BC, 2018-2019 NEF Scholar, has been appointed to the Maternal-Fetal Health Postdoctoral Research Associateship at the Yale School of Medicine. This mentored training position is supported by the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. The position will begin upon completion of her dissertation in August.

As a clinician, Abigail is a member of the Fetal Care Center team at Yale New Haven Hospital and cares for women and families whose pregnancies are complicated by fetal anomalies. She serves as the project manager for the development of a Perinatal Palliative Care Program at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Abigail received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Barnard College of Columbia University and her Master of Science from the Yale School of Nursing. As a PhD student at the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Abigail received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholarship, the Yale Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Center for Advancing Translational Science, and the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation, the Heilbrunn Family Center for Research Nursing Award, and the Edith M. Pritchard Scholarship from the Nurses Educational Funds. Abigail’s dissertation research identified critical components of nursing practice in the emerging field of fetal care and established a national research agenda for the Fetal Therapy Nurse Network.

As a Maternal-Fetal Health Postdoctoral Research Associate, Abigail will contribute to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units (MFMU) Network, which supports clinical research to improve the health of mothers and infants. Her program of research is founded on improving care and outcomes for women and their families through evaluation and development of health services and health policy in fetal care. Her work will advance a platform of clinical insight and scientific innovation at the Yale Fetal Care Center.