Dr. Mary Byrne Dr. Mary Byrne is the Stone / Fish Professor in Clinical Health Care for the Underserved at Columbia University. Holding advanced degrees in public health, nursing, and pediatric primary care nursing practice, she is interested in transdisciplinary and inter-professional approaches to assessing and intervening with vulnerable parent-infant dyads in the earliest years of life. Currently funded by NIH to study parenting and child outcomes in a prison nursery, she also teaches masters and doctoral students, participates in interdisciplinary work groups to improve practice through research, and is active in national and international professional organizations.

Columbia University School of Nursing
617 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032
Phone: +1-212-305-3976
Fax: +1-212-342-4156
E-mail: mwb4@columbia.edu

Mary Byrne has been named to the Stone Foundation and
Elise D Fish Professorship in Clinical Health Care
for the Underserved.

This appointment was enthusiastically endorsed by the faculty committee of full professors in the school, by the Health Sciences and by the University Trustees at their meeting on Friday, June 1, 2007. This professorship was funded by the Stone Foundation, through the advocacy of alumna and Board of Visitors member Sally Stone, and through a gift from Elise Fish, also an alumna. Dean Mary Mundinger commented: "Care of the underserved may be the most daunting health challenge we have in this country, and Professor Byrne has been a pioneer in establishing the science to address those most vulnerable, infants and toddlers, who have been her dedicated mission for many many years."

Audrey Hepburn International Award

The Audrey Hepburn Award for Contributions to the Health and Welfare of Children was presented to Dr. Mary Byrne at the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society biennial conference in 2007. Dr. Byrne was lauded for her significant contributions to the health and well-being of children nationally and internationally. In his introduction, Mr. Robert Wolders likened Dr. Byrne's values to those of Audrey Hepburn who approached her personal committment to UNICEF and the world's neediest children with compassion and integrity.

Mary Byrne of Columbia University Wins
Emily Fenichel Leadership Award

The New York Zero-to-Three Network selected Mary W. Byrne, a nurse, researcher, professor, and mentor at Columbia University, as the first recipient of the annual Emily Fenichel Award for Leadership in the Zero-to-Three Field in New York given in memory of Emily Fenichel, MSW, Associate Director of ZERO TO THREE: The National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families.

NYS Distinguished Nurse Researcher

Foundation of New York State Nurses Center for Nursing Research selected Dr. Mary Byrne to receive its 2007 Distinguished Nurse Researcher Award. This award recognizes excellence in nursing research. Criteria include evidence of a research program that is coherent, shows leadership and quality, contributes to nursing and healthe care and is disseminated to the scientific and clinical communities.