Deborah Stiffler, PhD, RN, CNM

Deborah Stiffler, PhD, RN, CNM

Science of Nursing Care
Interim Assistant Department Chair, Associate Professor

Contact Information

Phone: 317-274-3288
Nursing E427, Indianapolis


PhD, Indiana University
MSN, University of Kentucky
BSN, Purdue University
ASN, Purdue University


Dr. Stiffler is a certified nurse-midwife and has practiced full-scope midwifery care for over 25 years prior to coming into academia. Dr. Stiffler mentors students in the BSN, MSN, DNP, and PhD programs. Her expertise is in women’s health, and her area of research is in the high rate of infant and maternal mortality in the state of Indiana, especially in the disparity between the numbers of Black infant mortality compared to White infant mortality. She is passionate that no baby dies of a sleep related death.

Selected Publications

Stiffler, D., Ayres, B., Fauvergue, C. & Cullen, D. (2018). Sudden infant death and sleep practices in the Black community. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 23(2). Article first published online: 26 February 2018. doi: 10.1111/jspn.12213

Stiffler, D., Birch, N., Campbell, H., & Cullen, D. (2017). A synthesis of coping experiences after infant death. Holistic Nursing Practice, 31(2). doi: 10.1097/HNP.00000000000199

Cullen, D., Vodde, C. R., Williams, K. J., Luna, G. & Stiffler, D. (2016). Infant co-bedding: Practices and teaching strategies.  Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 21 (2), 54-63. Article first published online: 5 April 2016. doi:10.1111/jspn.12140

Cullen, D., Oberle, M., Elomba, C., Stiffler, D. & Luna, G. (2016). Illustrations of unexpected infant sleep deaths. Journal of Forensic Nursing 12(3), 141-146. doi: 10.1097/JFN.0000000000000120

Stiffler, D., Cullen, D., Stephenson, E., Luna, G. & Hartman, T. (2016).  When baby stops breathing: Analysis of mothers’ interviews. Clinical Nursing Research, 25(3), 310-324. doi: 10.1177/1054773815619580

Giambra, B. K., Stiffler, D., & Broome, M. E. (2014). An integrative review of communication between parents and nurses of hospitalized technology dependent children. Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing, 11(6), 369–375. doi:10.1111/wvn.12065

Stiffler, D. (2014). Transition to menopause. Continuing Education Bulletin. Western Schools.

Stiffler, D., Cullen, D., & Luna, G. (2014). Barriers and diabetes self-care and management: Evaluation of the patient perspective. Clinical Nursing Research, 23(6), 601-626. doi:10.1117/1054773813507948

Stiffler, D., Stoten, S., & Cullen, D. (2011). Podcasting as an instructional supplement to online learning: A pilot study. Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 29(2).

Stiffler, D., Mukasa Matemachani, S., Crane, L. (2020). Supporting African American mothers

during nurse home visits in adopting safe sleep practices. MCN: The American Journal of

Maternal/Child Nursing, 45(4), 19-25. doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000628. (Published ahead

of print 04/06/2020)

Stiffler, D., Mukasa Matemachani, S., Crane, L. (2020).  Considerations in safe sleep messaging:

Learning from African American mothers. Journal of Specialists in Pediatric Nursing,

25(1), e12277. doi: 10.1111/jspn.12277.