Bard Faculty

Joan L. Combellick

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

Primary Academic Program: Biology


B.A., Carleton College; M.S.N., midwifery, Yale University; M.P.H., epidemiology, New York University; Ph.D., College of Nursing, NYU. Joan Combellick is a midwife at Hudson River HealthCare whose research studies include the neonatal microbiome; acceptability of HPV vaccine in the Dominican Republic; agitated patients in the emergency department (at Bellevue Hospital); rapid HIV screening in dental clinics; tuberculosis treatment among detainees; and health care access among Mexicans in New York City. A recipient of a Gerber Foundation Novice Researcher Award, among other honors, she is the coauthor of numerous reviews and studies in publications such as Academic Emergency Medicine (2016), International Journal of Drug Policy (2015), JMIR Research Protocols (2015), Trends in Molecular Medicine (2015), Journal of Cardiac Failure (2013), and Journal of Periodontology (2013). Invited presentations include “Common Perinatal Interventions and the Neonatal Microbiome: Home v. Hospital Birth,” at Emerging Scholars Forum, Toronto; “Birth Experience and the Neonatal Microbiome: Research Relevant to Nursing Practice,” at NYU Langone Medical Center; and “At Risk,” commentary on NPR’s All Things Considered. Combellick is a member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, Eastern Nursing Research Society, American Public Health Association, New York State Alliance of Licensed Midwives, and Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science. At Bard: Fall 2017.