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Cox, Kim PhD Program Director and Associate Professor


Kim J. Cox, PhD, RN, CNM, FACNM, is an associate professor and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program director at The University of New Mexico College of Nursing. She teaches primarily in the PhD Program, mentors PhD students and also serves as a lecturer on midwifery topics for students in the Nurse-Midwifery Program. Prior to relocating to New Mexico in 2011, Cox was on the faculty of the University of Florida College of Nursing, Jacksonville, and maintained an active clinical practice as a certified nurse-midwife.

Cox is the author of numerous journal articles and practice guidelines, and has been on the forefront of promoting evidence-informed practices throughout her career. Her research focuses on process and outcomes of maternity care, including decision making for and access to vaginal birth after cesarean, physiologic birth, breastfeeding and home and birth-center birth. She is an internationally recognized expert on vaginal birth after cesarean research and policy, as well as a national contributor to evidence-informed policies on rural maternity care, delayed cord clamping, safe infant sleep practices, breastfeeding and buprenorphine prescribing privileges for advanced practice registered nurses. Her work has been widely disseminated at professional meetings and conferences throughout the United States and in Canada, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

Cox is a Fellow of the American College of Nurse-Midwives and an American Association of Colleges of Nursing Faculty Policy Fellow. She also serves on the Executive Committee for the NEXus Consortium of the Western Institute of Nursing, the Certified Nurse-Midwife Advisory Board for the New Mexico Department of Health and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Health Policy Advisory Council. 

Cox holds Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Nursing  degrees from the University of Florida, Gainesville.

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