Roberta Cricco-Lizza, RN PhD, MPH

Roberta Cricco-Lizza, RN PhD, MPH
Associate Fellow

Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Public Health Interests

Health Equity, Maternal and Child Health, Qualitative Methods, Social Determinants of Health



Current Public-Health Related Activities

I completed an MPH/MS from Columbia University, a PhD from NYU, and a postdoctoral fellowship in the International Center for Vulnerable Women, Children, and Families/Center for Health Disparities at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. My clinical and research experiences relate to health promotion and disease prevention in maternal child health. I have used ethnographic approaches to examine breastfeeding disparities in vulnerable populations in the community, WIC clinic, hospital and NICU settings. I teach ethnographic classes to doctoral students and have served on the Qualitative Research Infrastructural Development Task Force in the School of Nursing. I have worked in partnership with Department of Health State of New Jersey, WIC Services to disseminate breastfeeding research findings among WIC employees and have been active in the Essex County Breastfeeding Coalition. I have also collaborated with the March of Dimes “Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait” research project to prevent preterm birth among African American Women in Newark, N.J.

Select Publications:

Cricco-Lizza, R. (2016).  Infant feeding beliefs and day-to-day practices of NICU nurses. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 31, e91-98. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2015.10.012.

Cricco-Lizza, R. (2014). The need to nurse the nurse: Emotional labor in neonatal intensive care. Qualitative Health Research, 24, 615-628.

Cricco-Lizza, R. (2011). Everyday practice values of NICU nurses and their reflection on breastfeeding promotion. Qualitative Health Research, 21, 399-409.

Cricco-Lizza, R. (2009). Rooting for the breast; Breastfeeding promotion in the NICU. MCN The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 34, 356-364.

Cricco-Lizza, R. (2009). Formative infant feeding experiences and education of NICU nurses. MCN The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 34, 236-242.  

Cricco-Lizza, R. (2008) Voices from the battlefield: Reports of the daily experiences of urban, Black mothers. Health Care of Women International, 29, 115-134.

Cricco-Lizza, R. (2007) Ethnography and the generation of trust in breastfeeding disparities research. Applied Nursing Research, 20, 200-204.

Cricco-Lizza, R. (2006). Student nurses attitudes and beliefs about breastfeeding. Journal of Professional Nursing, 22, 314-321.

Cricco-Lizza, R. (2006). Black non Hispanic mothers’ perceptions about the promotion of infant feeding methods by nurses and physicians. JOGNN, 35,173-180.

Cricco-Lizza, R. (2005). The milk of human kindness: Environmental and human interactions in a WIC clinic that influence infant feeding decisions of Black women. Qualitative Health Research, 15, 525-538.

Cricco-Lizza, R. (2004). Infant feeding beliefs and experiences of Black women enrolled in WIC in the New York metropolitan area. Qualitative Health Research, 14, 1197-1210.

Chapters in Books:

Cricco-Lizza, R. (2010). Exemplar: War Stories: Frontline reports of the daily lives of low-income, urban, Black mothers. In P. Munhall (Ed.), Nursing Research: A Qualitative Perspective (pp. 339-358). Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett.

Cricco-Lizza, R. (2007). Exemplar: The milk of human kindness: The influence of WIC on infant feeding decisions of Black women. In P. Munhall (Ed.), Nursing Research: A Qualitative Perspective (pp. 331-348). Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett.

Cricco-Lizza, R. (2000) Alternative/Complementary Health. In J. J. Fitzpatrick & K. S. Montgomery (Eds.), Internet resources for nurses (pp. 123-128). New York: Springer Publishing Company. (AJN Book of the Year Award)