School of Nursing and Health Studies

Mary Baroni, Professor

Mary Baroni

Mary Baroni, PhD, RN

Mary Baroni is a Professor and former Nursing Program Director at the UW Bothell serving in this role from 2002 to 2011. She has previously held joint academic and practice appointments at the University of Rochester, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Marquette University, as well as advanced nursing roles at Wisconsin Children’s Hospital and Seattle Children’s Hospital as Director of Research, Practice and Education. She is an active statewide leader in nursing education through the Council on Nursing Education in Washington State (CNEW); as Co-PI on the RWJF Academic Progression in Nursing Grant awarded to the Washington Center of Nursing (2012-2016), and appointment by Governor Jay Inslee (2013-2017) to represent nursing education on the Washington Nursing Quality Assurance Commission.


Mary’s early scholarship focused on growth and development of medically fragile infants using an ecological framework – a heuristic model that continues to influence her systems approach to human development and organizational change. Her current scholarship addresses pressing issues in nursing education including the promotion of seamless academic progression for nurses through statewide policy and systems changes requiring interdisciplinary stakeholder consensus. She is completing a five-hospital study of RNs perceptions of the value of RN-to-BSN education and was PI of three Department of Education Grants (2008-2013) to support a Nursing Education Consortium with 14 area community/technical college partners in addressing faculty shortages through recruitment, mentoring and training of nursing faculty.


Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
  • PhD in Human Development and Family Studies with minor in nutrition; Dissertation: Apparent Life-Threatening Events (ALTE) During Infancy: A Follow-Up Study of Growth and Development
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY
  • MS in Nursing (Family Health Nurse Clinician- PNP); Thesis: Primiparous Couples' Perception of Their Birth Experience, Their Newborn, and Their First Month of Parenthood: A Comparative Study of Vaginal and Cesarean Births
University of North Carolina
Charlotte, NC
  • BS in Nursing; Undergraduate Research: Interest and Deterrents to Baccalaureate Education Among Nurses Without Degreess
Oberlin College
Oberlin, OH
  • BA in Religion-Asian Studies; Undergraduate field research: Cultural Barriers to Family Planning, Madurai University, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India






Courses Taught

  • Critical Thinking
  • Critical Reading and Writing for Academic Success
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Scholarly Inquiry for Nursing Practice
  • Lifespan Human Development: An Ecological Perspective
  • Community-Based Care – Schools
  • Pediatric Nursing – Theory & Practice
  • Interdisciplinary Care Coordination of Chronically Ill Children and Families
  • Pediatric Primary Care and Pulmonary Care
  • Academic and Professional Portfolio Development