faculty profile

Jeremy Neal   PhD, CNM, RN

Assistant Professor

Bio

Dr. Neal conducts translational research aimed at improving the quality and safety of care to laboring women. His professional goal is to improve perinatal and public health by optimizing short- and long-term pregnancy and birth outcomes for mother and baby while decreasing health care costs.

Dr. Neal's current research focuses on:
  • Investigating physiological differences between women in active versus early labor.
  • Investigating the use of inflammatory biomarkers as predictors of active labor onset among nulliparous women.
  • Evaluating patterns of normal labor progression among laboring women and use of physiologic partographs to improve birth outcomes for mothers and babies.
Recent findings have informed the development of a physiology-based labor assessment partograph which is being computerized for clinical use. The instrument allows clinicians and mothers an opportunity to graphically visualize and discuss progress together, allowing opportunity for shared decision-making regarding the plan of care.

Education

Dr. Neal received his BSN from Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, Ohio) in 1995, MS with a focus in nurse-midwifery from The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio) in 2005, and PhD from The Ohio State University in 2008.

Academic Interests

Dr. Neal teaches nurse-midwifery specialty courses and doctoral courses in the School of Nursing. 

Grants

Partograph software design specification tailoring. Funded by the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Start Up Program. (Role: PI) 2014-2016

Physiologic partograph to improve birth safety and outcomes among low-risk, nulliparous women with spontaneous labor onset: a prospective, feasibility trial. Funded by The Ohio State University College of Nursing Seed Grant Program. (Role: PI) 2012-2014

Psychoneuroimmune contributions to postpartum depression. Funded by NIH/NINR 7R01NR011278-08. (Role: Co-PI with Corwin, EJ.) 2008-2013

Inflammatory markers as predictors of active labor onset among nulliparous women. Funded by NIH/NINR R03 NR011493. (Role: PI) 2010-2013

Inflammation in pre- & post-active labor admission groups. Funded by Midwest Nursing Research Society, New Investigator Seed Grant. (Role: PI) 2010-2011

Evaluation of maternal inflammatory markers as predictors of active labor onset among low-risk, nulliparous women: Role of cervical dilation in the diagnosis of true labor. Funded by NIH/NCRR UL 1 RR025755-01. (Role: PI with Jackson, RD) 2009-2010

Maternal physiological factors influencing labor length. Funded by Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Fellowship Award, NIH/NINR, 1 F31 NR010054-01. (Role: Fellow/PI) 2007-2008

Representative Publications

Journals

Neal JL, Lowe NK, Nacht AS, Koschoreck K, Anderson J. (2016). Pilot study of physiologic partograph use among low-risk, nulliparous women with spontaneous labor onset. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 61(2):235-241. (PMID: 26917257)

Neal JL, Lowe NK, Schorn MN, Holley SL, Ryan SL, Buxton M, Wilson-Liverman AM. (2015). Labor dystocia: a common approach to diagnosis. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 60(5):499-509. (PMID: 26461189)

Neal JL, Ryan SL, Lowe NK, Schorn MN, Buxton M, Holley SL, Wilson-Liverman AM. (2015). Labor dystocia: uses of related nomenclature. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 60(5):485-498. (PMID: 26461188)

Gillespie SL, Christian LM, Neal JL. (2015). A proposed bio-panel to predict risk for spontaneous preterm birth among African American women. Medical Hypotheses, 85(5):558-564. (PMID: 26279199)

Neal JL, Lamp JM, Lowe NK, Gillespie SL, Sinnott LT, McCarthy DO. (2015). Differences in inflammatory markers between nulliparous women admitted to hospitals in pre-active vs active labor. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 212(1):68.e1-8. (PMID: 25086275)

Sribanditmongkol V, Neal JL, Patrick TE, Szalacha LA, McCarthy DO. (2015). Effect of perceived stress on cytokine production in healthy college students. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 37(4):481-493. (PMID: 25125502)

Neal JL, Lamp JM, Buck JS, Lowe NK, Gillespie SL, Ryan SL. (2014). Outcomes of nulliparous women with spontaneous labor onset admitted to hospitals in pre-active versus active labor. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 59(1):28-34. (PMID: 24512265)

Neal JL, Lowe NK, Corwin EJ. (2013). Serum lactate dehydrogenase profile as a retrospective indicator of uterine preparedness for labor: a prospective, observational study. BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth, 13:128.e1-8. (PMID: 23759027)

Neal JL, Lowe NK. (2012). Physiologic partograph to improve birth safety and outcomes among low-risk, nulliparous women with spontaneous labor onset. Medical Hypotheses, 78(2):319-326. (PMID: 22138426)

Rice KE, Secrist JR, Woodrow EL, Hallock LM, Neal JL. (2012). Etiology, diagnosis, and management of leiomyomas. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 57(3):241-247. (PMID:
22587581)

Davidson BR, DiPiero CM, Govoni KD, Littleton SS, Neal JL. (2012). Abnormal uterine bleeding during the reproductive years. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 57(3):248-254. (PMID:
22594864)

Cabbage LA, Neal JL. (2011). Over-the-counter medications used in pregnancy: an integrative review. Nurse Practitioner, 36(6):22-28. (PMID: 21558979)

Neal JL, Lowe NK, Patrick TE, Cabbage LA, Corwin EJ. (2010). What is the 'slowest yet normal' cervical dilation rate among nulliparous women with spontaneous labor onset? Journal of Obstetric Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing, 39(4):361-369. (PMID: 20629924)

Neal JL, Lowe NK, Ahijevych KL, Patrick TE, Cabbage LA, Corwin EJ. (2010). 'Active labor' duration and dilation rates among low-risk, nulliparous women with spontaneous labor onset: a systematic review. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 55(4):308-318. (PMID: 20630357)

Ryan-Wenger, NA, Neal, JL, Jones, AS, & Lowe, NK. (2010). Accuracy of vaginal symptom self-diagnosis algorithms for deployed military women. Nursing Research, 59(1):2-10. (PMID: 20010039)

Lowe NK, Neal JL, & Ryan-Wenger NA. (2009). Accuracy of the clinical diagnosis of vaginitis compared with a DNA probe laboratory standard. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 113(1):89-95. (PMID: 19104364)

Professional Organizations

  • American College of Nurse-Midwives, 2009-Present
  • Association of Women?s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, 2009-Present
  • International Alliance of Midwives, 2006-Present
  • Midwest Research Nursing Society, 2006-2014
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing: Epsilon Chapter, 1994-Present