Deborah Steward PhD, RN

Associate Professor
(614) 292-4978

354 Newton Hall
1585 Neil Avenue Columbus, OH 43210

Research Interests

Investigating nutritional and physiologic factors that impact the growth of extremely preterm infants born prior to 30 weeks gestation, specifically those preterm infants who subsequently develop Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia.

Current Research Activities

  • “Growth Outcomes in BPD at 36 Weeks Postconceptional Age,” NIH/NINR R01 NR008529. Role: Principal Investigator. Period: 2003-2007.


  • Steward, D.K., Armbruster, D.L., & Lennie, T.A. (in press). Nutrition in the early neonatal period in preterm infants with bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Advances in Neonatal Care.


Current Students:

  • Debra Armbruster: Examining the relationship between the presence of inflammation and growth in preterm infants prior to the diagnosis of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia.
  • Christine Fortney: Identifying factors that contribute to a "good death" in high-risk neonates who succumb to neonatal illness.  Pre-doctoral Fellow, NINR/NRSA.
  • Cara Karn: Research interests involve developmental outcomes of preterm infants.
  • Lorraine Overmyer: Examining the presence of dysmotility and absorptive abilities in infants who are born with Gastroschisis.
  • Liberty Zyduck: Research interests involve understanding the role of early enteral feeding in the development of Necrotizing Enterocolitis.

Recent Graduates:

  • Cathryn J. Baack. "Maternal Stress and Coping When a Child is Fed Enterally."
  • Anne M. (Mentro) Fitzpatrick. "Vitamin A Status and Inflammation during the First Week of Life in Extremely Premature Infants at Risk for Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia." Pre-doctoral Fellow, NINR/NRSA.