Adejoke Ayoola, Ph.D., R.N., is an assistant professor at the Calvin College Department of Nursing (CCDON), in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She received her PhD from Michigan State University in 2007. Her doctoral dissertation focused on exploring the relationships between time of pregnancy recognition, time of initiation of prenatal care and birth outcomes. Dr. Ayoola received the American Nurses Foundation/Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) and Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation funding to conduct her doctoral dissertation. Dr. Ayoola’s current research is to implement and evaluate an intervention to promote knowledge of reproductive changes and self-efficacy about pregnancy planning and pregnancy recognition in three residential, ethnically diverse low-income communities. These are the partnering neighborhoods with CCDON program. The goal of the project is to reduce the risk of unplanned pregnancy and promote early recognition of pregnancy.
Dr. Ayoola is a member of the MNRS and the CCDON Vice President for Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Kappa Epsilon-at-Large. Her research demonstrates that there is a place for research in nursing and that research generation is very important to sustaining effective nursing practice, especially within the constantly changing health care system in the U.S.