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Visiting Assistant Professor
Areas of Interest: Infant mental health, high-risk pediatric patients, nursing education
Stephanie (Brown) Spain

DNP, M.S., University of Rochester
B.S., Nursing, University of Buffalo

Dr. Stephanie C. Spain (Brown) received her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Buffalo in 2005. She developed a passion for caring for children and families which is why she pursued her master's degree in pediatrics from the University of Rochester. Dr. Spain gained experience working as a nurse practitioner in an inpatient hospital setting and in outpatient primary care settings. While continuing to work with patients, she then earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Rochester in 2015.

Dr. Spain previously worked as a certified pediatric nurse practitioner and interim clinical director at Starlight Pediatrics. This unique practice provides primary and mental health care for foster care children and refugees. Given her passion for high-risk pediatric patients, Dr. Spain became a certified primary care mental health care specialist and is actively looking for grant and publication opportunities to further support this population. She is also actively perusing New York state endorsement in infant mental health related to policy. She has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and has numerous local and legislative presentations advocating for high-risk pediatric patients.

Dr. Spain also values nursing education as she works as a didactic instructor both online and directly with students. She currently engages online students in a variety of nursing courses in family nurse practitioner programs with Walden University and Samuel Merritt University. Dr. Spain has taught both undergraduate and graduate nursing students at Nazareth College, St. John Fisher College, and SUNY Brockport.

Dr. Spain is actively involved in community service and excellence. She has co-founded and facilitates Face 2 Face, which is Rochester’s only existing peer lead support group for families who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss. Through her work with Face 2 Face, the Social Workers Federation nominated her for a Health and Human Services Award in 2015.


  • Barbel, P, Brown, S., Peterson, K. (2015). Identification of Hypomelanosis of Ito in Pediatric Primary Care. Journal of Pediatric Health Care.
  • Brown, S. (2019). Comprehensive Literature Review of Perinatal Loss Supports. Online Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
  • Mulholland, J., Brown, S., & Barbel, P. (2018). In Hollis D (Eds). Putting it all together. Behavioral Pediatric Health Care for Nurse Practitioners: A Growth and Developmental Approach to Intercepting Abnormal Behavior (pp. 101-109). New York, New York.
  • Weglarz, M., Corcoran, E., Gutter, D., Barbel, P., Brown, S., Mulholland, J. & Colabelli N. (2018). In Hollis D (Eds). Child abuse; Intercepting behavioral health issues. Behavioral Pediatric Health Care for Nurse Practitioners: A Growth and Developmental Approach to Intercepting Abnormal Behavior (pp. 404-414). New York, New York.