Dr. D’Antonio, the Carol E. Ware Professor of Psychiatric Nursing, is the Chair of Penn Nursing’s Department of Family and Community Health and the Director of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing. She is an internationally recognized nursing historian whose research demonstrates nurses’ strong influence on public health and the development of health care norms. Her current work on early 20th century health demonstration projects in the United States shows that nurses were central in promoting the current norms of primary care: regular physical examinations, prenatal and dental care, and hearing and eye checkups. She also shows how nurses slowly changed prevailing health beliefs, such as that high infant mortality was “God’s will” and checkups were a ploy to enrich physicians.
Dr. D'Antonio received her BS from Boston College, her MSN from the Catholic University of America, and her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania (a member of the first PhD class in Nursing).