December 06, 2016
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Yasmine Kalkstein, associate professor of psychology at
Mount Saint Mary College.
Yasmine Kalkstein, associate professor of psychology at Mount
Saint Mary College, recently presented “Nurse Education Matters!
Increasing Breastfeeding Rates,” part of the college’s
Investigating Research on Campus (iROC) series.
Kalkstein discussed research she and one of her senior students
undertook at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh. The project
was developed in partnership with Jeanne Boydston, director of the
Birth Center at St. Luke’s.
Data was collected before and after nurses were sent to become
certified lactation counselors. According to Kalkstein, the
education seemed to create a cultural shift in the hospital,
changing the perception, knowledge, and attitudes of nurses and
patients regarding breastfeeding.
Currently an associate professor of psychology at the Mount,
Kalkstein holds master’s and doctoral degrees in educational
psychology from the University of Minnesota. Kalkstein’s work in
recent years has delved into medical decision-making. Her initial
collaboration with St. Luke's led to a service project called It
Takes a Village where more than 2,000 children's books and
educational materials were distributed to new mothers.
The goal of iROC is to “provide a forum for Mount faculty, staff
and students to showcase their research endeavors with both Mount
Saint Mary College and the local community in a manner easily
understood by attendees,” explained series coordinators Evan
Merkhofer, assistant professor of biology, and Jennifer Park,
assistant librarian for access and outreach services. Presentations
include research proposals, initial data collection, and completed
Mount Saint Mary College is ranked a Top-Tier University by U.S.
News & World Report, and offers bachelor’s and master’s degree
programs for careers in healthcare, business, education, social
services, communications, media, and the liberal arts.