Sandra K. Cesario, Ph.D., MS, RNC, FAAN

Professor

PhD Program Director

Nursing

Sandra K. Cesario, Ph.D., MS, RNC, FAAN

Contact

scesario@twu.edu
713-794-2110
HOU 7525

Biography

Dr. Sandra Cesario, the PhD Program Director, and a tenured Professor in the College of Nursing at Texas Woman’s University in Houston, USA, is a woman’s health specialist with more than 40 years of clinical, research, education, and policy development experience. She has provided care to women and newborns throughout the US and internationally and was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2008. Her certification in Inpatient Obstetrics by the National Certification Corporation (NCC) assures competence in labor, birth, and women’s health.
Dr. Cesario’s program of research centers on improving nursing care in the areas of management of labor and birth, gynecologic cancers, intimate partner violence, and reproductive health of persons with HIV. She is the 2021 President-Elect for the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and the recipient of their 2012 Distinguished Professional Service Award. Sandra Cesario is a well-published author, speaker, and mentor. On a personal note, Dr. Cesario was the caregiver and advocate for her daughter who battled stage IV ovarian cancer for over 5 years.

Education

Ph.D., Nursing, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX, 1999
M.S., Maternity Nursing/Pathway in Education, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1989
B.S.N., Nursing, Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS, 1985
Other, Nursing (RN diploma), St. Luke's Hospital, School of Nursing, Racine, WI, 1976
Other, Instrumental Music, Institute for Advanced Musical Studies, Crans, Valais, Switzerland, 1973

Research Interests

Ovarian Cancer; 2nd Stage Labor Management; Newborn Abandonment; Design of Healthcare Environments

Latest Articles

Global Health Column – When women travel abroad
Nursing for Women's Health (2020)
C. McAlester, Sandra Cesario, T. Kirkland

Motherhood decision among women living with HIV. A meta-synthesis of qualitative evidence
Reproductive Health BMC (2020)
A. H. Huertas-Zurriaga, P. Palmieri, J. Edwards, S. Cesario, S. Alonso-Fernandez

Attitudes toward caring for people living with HIV/AIDS: A cross-sectional study of nursing faculty in six countries
The Open AIDS Journal (2020)
J Leyva-Moral, K Dominguez-Cancino, Joan Edwards, D Moriña-Soler, S Cesario

The lived experience of fathers caring for a child with cystic fibrosis
Pediatric Nursing (2019)
J. Shardonofsky, Sandra Cesario, N. Fredland, P., Landrum, P. Hiatt

Experience of nurse practitioners transitioning into independent practice: a qualitative study
Journal of Education and Practice (2019)
N. Twine, Sandra Cesario

Quality of life in Cystic Fibrosis caregivers: an integrated literature review
Pediatric Nursing (2019)
J. Shardonofsky, Sandra Cesario, N. Fredland, P. Landrum

Reproductive decision-making in women living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus: a systematic review
International Journal of Nursing Studies (2018)
J Leyva-Moral, J Edwards, P Palmieri, S Cesario, P Piscoya-Angeles

Using a Model of Economic Solvency to Understand the Connection between Economic Factors and Intimate Partner Violence.
Journal of International Women's Studies (2018)
Heidi Gilroy, Judith McFarlane, Nina Fredland, Sandra Cesario, Angeles Nava

Global Health Column Implications of Medical Tourism
Nursing For Women's Health (2018)
Sandra Cesario

Empowering the girl child, improving global health
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing (2017)
Sandra Cesario, B Moran

Outcomes of childbearing Medicaid beneficiaries engaged in care at Strong Start birth center sites between 2012 and 2014
Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care (2017)
D Jolles, R Langford, S Stapleton, S Cesario, A. Koci

Empowering the girl child, improving global health.
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nurses (2017)
Sandra Cesario, B Moran

Beyond Borders Column - What does it mean to be a global citizen?
Nursing for Women's Health (2017)
Sandra Cesario

Beyond Borders Column – Immigration basics for nurses
Nursing For Women's Health (2017)
Sandra Cesario

An accent modification program
Journal of Professional Nursing (2017)
Wyona M Freysteinson, Joshua Adams, Sandra Cesario, Hanna Belay, Paula Clutter

Perceived fertility control and pregnancy outcomes among abused women
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing (2016)
F. Liu, J. McFarlane, J Maddoux, Sandra Cesario, H Gilroy

Journey to becoming a neonatal nurse practitioner: making the decision to enter graduate school
Advances in Neonatal Care (2016)
Colleen Brand, Sandra Cesario, Lene Symes, Diane Montgomery

Continued intimate partner violence during pregnancy and after birth and its effect on child functioning
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing (2016)
A Bianchi, J. McFarlane, Sandra Cesario, L. Symes, J Maddoux

Interrupting intimate partner violence during pregnancy with an effective screening and assessment program (includes CNE module),
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing (2016)
A Bianchi, Sandra Cesario, J. McFarlane

Beyond Borders Column - From MDGs to SDGs: monitoring action to improve global health
Nursing For Women's Health (2016)
Sandra Cesario

Health care services for transsexual individuals: position statement
Nursing Outlook (2016)
C. Sedlak, C. Boyd, Sandra Cesario

Perceived fertility control and pregnancy outcomes among abused women
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nurses (2016)
F Liu, J McFarlane, J Maddoux, S Cesario, H Gilroy

Preventative health screening amongst women who have experienced intimate partner violence.
International Journal of Women's Health and Reproduction Sciences (2015)
Sandra Cesario, Fuqin Liu, Heidi Gilroy, Anne Koci, Judith McFarlane

Arriving at academic success: Hispanic nursing students during the first semester of a baccalaureate program.
Hispanic Health Care International (2015)
Diana Dolan, Anne Young, Sandra Cesario, Lene Symes

Abused women at risk for HPV and cervical cancer: decisions to vaccinate their children.
Clinics in Mother & Child Health (2015)
Sandra Cesario, Fuqin Liu, Judith McFarlane, Weiden Zhou

Risks, triggers, and protective factors related to the expression of ovarian cancer. (Abstract from conference proceedings).
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing (2015)
Sandra Cesario

Is there light? Well it depends – A grounded theory study of nurses, lighting, and medication administration
Nursing Forum (2015)
K. Graves, L. Symes, Sandra Cesario, A. Malecha

Editorial: HPV Vaccine - Public Health, Politics, and Personal Choice.
International Journal of Women's Health and Reproduction Sciences. (2015)
Sandra Cesario

Linking Cancer and Intimate Partner Violence: The Importance of Screening Women in the Oncology Setting
Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing (2014)
S Cesario, J Mcfarlane, Angeles Nava, H. Gilroy, J. Maddoux

Functioning outcomes for abused immigrant women and their children four months after initiating intervention.
Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública/Pan American Journal of Public Health (2014)
S Cesario, A. Nava, A Bianchi, J Mcfarlane, J Maddoux

Characteristics of Immigrant Abused Women Who Apply for Legal Status
Arts and Social Science Journal (2014)
Angeles Nava, J Mcfarlane, J Maddoux, N Montalvo-Liendo, H Gilroy

Intimate partner violence against women in Turkey: A synthesis of the literature
Journal of Family Violence (2014)
G Guvenc, A Akyuz, Sandra Cesario

Women's functioning following an intervention for partner violence: new knowledge for clinical practice from a seven year study.
Issues in Mental Health Nursing (2014)
Anne Koci, Judith McFarlane, Sandra Cesario, Lene Symes, F Liu

The mirror program: preparing women for the postoperative mastectomy mirror-viewing experience.
Nursing Forum (2014)
Wyona Freysteinson, Amy Deutsch, K Davin, C Lewis, A Sisk

Abuse during pregnancy impacts maternal child safety and functioning for 24-months after delivery.
Obstetrics and Gynecology (2014)
Judith McFarlane, John Maddoux, S. Cesario, A. Koci, Liu Fuqin

Rapid assessment to identify and quantify the risk of intimate partner violence during pregnancy
Birth (2014)
A Bianchi, J McFarlane, A Nava, H Gilroy, J Maddoux

Functioning outcomes for abused immigrant women and their children four months after initiating intervention
Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública/Pan American Journal of Public Health (2014)
Sandra Cesario, A Nava, A Bianchi, J McFarlane, J Maddoux

Books

Nursing Professional Development: Scope and Standards of Practice
Nursebooks.org, The Publishing Program of the American Nurses Association (2010)
American Nurses Association

Standards for Professional Nursing Practice in the Care of Women and Newborns, 7th ed
The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (2009)
The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses

Compendium of Postpartum Care, 2nd ed
Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies and Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses [AWHONN] (2006)
The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses [AWHONN]

Disaster Resource Manual.
The Texas Medical Center, University Nursing Council, Planning Committee on Disaster Nursing Education (2003)
F Cole, Sandra Cesario, R Grubesic, S Hutchinson, F Nelson

Standards for Professional Practice in the Care of Women and Newborns, 6th ed
The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (2003)
. The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses [AWHONN], Sandra Cesario, P Creehan, S Ecklund, J Janke

Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline: Nursing Management of the Second Stage of Labor
The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (2000)
The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses [AWHONN], Sandra Cesario, S Longacre, K Morin, M Murray

Chapters

Chapter 12: A New Concept of Inpatient Care: Acuity-Adaptable Patient Room Decreases Length of Stay and Cost - Results of a Pilot Study
in Toward Healthcare Resource Stewardship | Nova Science Publishers (2012)
N Bonuel, A deGarcia, Sandra Cesario

Chapter 9: Genetics, genomics, and multiple determinants of health
in Textbook of Medical Surgical Nursing, 2nd ed | Delmar (2012)
Sandra Cesario

Chapter 5: Culture and ethnicity
in Nursing Fundamentals: Caring and Clinical Decision-Making, 2nd ed | Thompson Delmar Learning (2010)
Sandra Cesario

Chapter 9. Genetics and the Multiple Determinants of Health
in Contemporary Medical-Surgical Nursing | Delmar Publishing (2006)
Sandra Cesario, D Lea

Perinatal Health Care Issues of Jamaican Women
in Transcultural Aspects of Perinatal Health Care: A Resource Guide, 2nd ed | The American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Perinatal Association (2004)
Sandra Cesario, D Campbell

Perinatal Health Care Issues of Jamaican Women
in Transcultural Aspects of Perinatal Health Care: A Resource Guide | The National Perinatal Association (2001)
Sandra Cesario

Externally Funded Projects

The Lived Experience of Women on Their Journeys to Diagnosis of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Silver Lining | 2020
Role: Co-Investigator

The Jonas Nurse Scholar Program
Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Health care and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing | $20,000.00 | 2018
Role: Principal Investigator

Internally Funded Projects

Risks, Triggers, and Protective Factors Related to the Expression of Ovarian Cancer: Data Analysis and Manuscript Preparation
Texas Woman's University | $750.00 | 2015
Research Grant

Professional Affiliations

  • Academy of Women's Health
  • American Academy of Nursing (AAN) - Fellow
  • American Nurses Association (ANA)
  • Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) (formerly NAACOG)
  • Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS)
  • National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
  • Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design (NIHD)
  • Oncology Nursing Society (ONS)
  • Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA)
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Beta Beta chapter
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Beta Delta chapter
  • Statewide Nursing Evidence-Based Practice and Research Consortium (SNERC-OK)
  • Texas Nurses Association (TNA)
  • Texas One Voice, Women's Health Initiative of Texas (WHIT)
  • The International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC)
  • Women's Health Network, Texas Medical Center