Ashley Darcy-Mahoney

Ashley Darcy-Mahoney
Associate Professor, GW School of Nursing & Director of Infant Research; Interim Director
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Research Focus


Neonatology, infant health and developmental pediatrics, particularly for at-risk and preterm infants. Dr. Darcy-Mahoney’s research has led to the creation of programs that improve health and developmental outcomes.

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University of Pennsylvania, PhD in Nursing (2010)
University of Pennsylvania, Master of Science in Nursing - Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (2008)
Georgetown University, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (2006), Certificate in International Health



Darcy Mahoney, A.E.; Minter, B., Higgins, M., Guo, Y., & Williams, B. , Head, L., Burch, K. (In Press). Probability of an Autism Diagnosis by Gestational Age. Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews

Darcy-Mahoney, A. Minter, Higgins, Guo, Y., Head, L and Hirst, J. (In Press). Maternal and neonatal birth factors affecting the age of autism spectrum disorder diagnosis. Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews

Parker, L., Darcy-Mahoney, A., Hoffman, J. (In Press). Barriers to Initiation of Breast Milk Expression Following Delivery of Very Low Birth Weight Infants. Journal of Obstetric Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nurses

Darcy-Mahoney, AE, Head, L.M., Hallowell, S., Weldon, A., Stapel-Wax, J., B. (In press). Leveraging the skills of nurses and the power of Language Nutrition™ Advances in Neonatal Care

Darcy-Mahoney, A. &  Baralt, M., Darcy Mahoney, A.E. (2016). Bilingualism and Executive Inhibitory Control in 4- and 5-Year-Old Preterm Born Children: A Pilot Study. Advances in Neonatal Care, 16(3), E3-E12

J.R. Weber, E.E. Ryherd, A. Darcy-Mahoney, A.,  M. Rolfes, H. Cooper, and B. Cherven. (2016). Evaluating Hospital Quiet Time from Engineering, Medical, and Nursing Perspectives,” contributed paper presented at Spring 2016 Acoustical Society of America Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT. 

Head, L.M., Baralt, M., Darcy-Mahoney, A.E. (2015). Bilingualism as a potential strategy to improve neurodevelopment in preterm infants: a review. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, S089-5245 (14): 00281000288. doi:10.1016/j.pedhc.2014.08.015. 

Zhang, C.; Holditch-Davis, D., Darcy-Mahoney, A. (2014). In Utero, Neonatal, and Family Social factors Predicting Poor School Outcome of Low Birth Weight Survivors. Advances in Neonatal Care, 15(1): 38-47.  doi: 10.1097/ANC.0000000000000133. PMID: 25626981

Darcy-Mahoney, A.E., Pinto-Martin, J., Hanlon, A. (2014). Home environment, brain injury, and school performance in low birth weight survivors. Maternal Child Nursing 39(1):18-25. doi: 10.1097/01.NMC.0000437535.99514.95

Darcy-Mahoney, A.E., Jain, L. (2013). Respiratory Disorders in Moderately Preterm, Late Pre term, and Early Term Infants. Journal of Perinatology 40(4):665-678

Darcy-Mahoney, A.E. Minter, B., Burch, K., Stapel-Wax, J. (2013). Autism Spectrum Disorders and Prematurity: A review across gestational age subgroups. Advances in Nursing Care, 13(4):247-251.

Zhang, C., Darcy-Mahoney, A.E. & Pinto-Martin, J. (2013). Perinatal brain injury, visual motor function, and poor school outcome of regional low birth weight survivors at age nine. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 15-16: 2225-2232. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2012.04328  

Darcy-Mahoney, A.E. & Pinto-Martin, J. (2012). State of the Science: Association Between Perinatal Brain Injury and School Performance in Very-Low-Birthweight infants. Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews, 12(1): 33-39. PII: S1527-3369(11)00190-5

Darcy-Mahoney, A.E., Hancock, L., Curley, M., Iorianni, A. (2012). Using High-Fidelity Simulation to Bridge Clinical and Classroom Learning in Undergraduate Pediatric Nursing. Nurse Education Today.  PMID: 22341995


Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (2015)
Lillian Sholtis Brunner Award for Innovation - University of Pennsylvania (2015)
Top 25 Pediatric Nursing Professors, as named by (2014)
March of Dimes Nurse of the Year (2013)
President’s Award - Florida Association of Neonatal Nurses (2013)