Ashley Darcy-Mahoney

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Ashley Darcy-Mahoney


Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs; Dir. of Infant Research, Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute

Professor (Tenured)


Office Phone: 202-994-5397
1919 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 500, #532 Washington DC 20006

Ashley Darcy-Mahoney, Ph.D., NNP, FAAN, is a dedicated neonatal nurse practitioner, researcher, and educator. Throughout her career, she has been at the forefront of advancing nursing research, education, and practice, with a specific focus on neonatology, infant health, and developmental pediatrics. Her unwavering commitment to improving the lives of at-risk and preterm infants has led to the development of groundbreaking programs that enhance their health and developmental outcomes.

Currently holding the position of professor of nursing and senior associate dean for faculty affairs, Dr. Darcy-Mahoney is actively pushing the boundaries of research in infant health and developmental outcomes for high-risk infants. Her primary focus lies in understanding the early brain and development trajectories of this vulnerable population. Her program of research aims to enhance early childhood outcomes, particularly through language interventions to promote future literacy and cognitive development. She played a key role in the conceptualization and launch of "Talk With Me Baby" and "Háblame Bebé" programs, which utilize nurses to empower parents with knowledge about the critical role of early language exposure in predicting academic success. These collaborative initiatives utilizes the nursing workforce to educate parents on the critical importance of early communication and engagement with their infants.

Háblame Bebé" is a groundbreaking childhood language development app designed for bilingual parents, primarily Spanish speakers, aiming to foster meaningful interactions with their children.

In 2020, Dr. Darcy-Mahoney served as the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence, where she played a vital role in the development of the Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity. The Scholar-in-Residence program ensures the inclusion of nursing perspectives in national health policy discussions, aligning with NAM's mission to provide evidence-based solutions and shape policies to address social determinants of health and promote public health.

Dr. Darcy-Mahoney's exceptional contributions to the field have been recognized through various accolades and grants. She was a RobertWood Johnson (RWJ) Nurse Faculty Scholar in 2014 and earned fellowship in the American Academy of Nurses in 2015. She has the distinction of being a 2017 Josiah Macy Scholar, and recognition as a rising star by Modern Healthcare in 2018. Furthermore, she has received esteemed awards, including the 2014 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year, the Florida Association of Neonatal Nurses President's Award, and the Lillian Sholtis Brunner Award for Innovation from her alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Josiah Macy Scholar (2017)
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (2015)
  • Lillian Sholtis Brunner Award for Innovation - University of Pennsylvania (2015)
  • Top 25 Pediatric Nursing Professors, as named by (2014)
  • March of Dimes Nurse of the Year (2013)
  • President’s Award - Florida Association of Neonatal Nurses (2013)
  • Hasegawa, Y., Ryherd, E., Ryan, C. S., & Darcy-Mahoney, A. (2020). Examining the Utility of Perceptual Noise Categorization in Pediatric and Neonatal Hospital Units. HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal. 
  • Darcy Mahoney, A.E.; Minter, B., Higgins, M., Guo, Y., & Williams, B. , Head, L., Burch, K. (In Press). Probability of an Autism Diagnosis by Gestational Age. Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews
  • Darcy-Mahoney, A. Minter, Higgins, Guo, Y., Head, L and Hirst, J. (In Press). Maternal and neonatal birth factors affecting the age of autism spectrum disorder diagnosis. Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews
  • Parker, L., Darcy-Mahoney, A., Hoffman, J. (In Press). Barriers to Initiation of Breast Milk Expression Following Delivery of Very Low Birth Weight Infants. Journal of Obstetric Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nurses
  • Darcy Mahoney, AE, Head, L.M., Hallowell, S., Weldon, A., Stapel-Wax, J., B. (In press). Leveraging the skills of nurses and the power of Language Nutrition™ Advances in Neonatal Care
  • Darcy Mahoney, A. &  Baralt, M., Darcy Mahoney, A.E. (2016). Bilingualism and Executive Inhibitory Control in 4- and 5-Year-Old Preterm Born Children: A Pilot Study. Advances in Neonatal Care 16 (3) pp E3-E12
  • J.R. Weber, E.E. Ryherd, A. Darcy Mahoney, A.,  M. Rolfes, H. Cooper, and B. Cherven. (2016). Evaluating Hospital Quiet Time from Engineering, Medical, and Nursing Perspectives, contributed paper presented at Spring 2016 Acoustical Society of America Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT. 
  • Head, L.M., Baralt, M., Darcy Mahoney, A.E. (2015). Bilingualism as a potential strategy to improve neurodevelopment in preterm infants: a review. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, S089-5245 (14): 00281000288. doi:10.1016/j.pedhc.2014.08.015. 
  • Zhang, C.; Holditch-Davis, D., Darcy-Mahoney, A. (2014). In Utero, Neonatal, and Family Social factors Predicting Poor School Outcome of Low Birth Weight Survivors, Advances in Neonatal Care 15(1): 38-47.  doi: 10.1097/ANC.0000000000000133. PMID: 25626981
  • Darcy Mahoney, A.E., Pinto-Martin, J., Hanlon, A. (2014). Home environment, brain injury, and school performance in low birth weight survivors. Maternal Child Nursing 39(1):18-25. doi: 10.1097/01.NMC.0000437535.99514.95
  • Darcy Mahoney, A.E., Jain, L. (2013). Respiratory Disorders in Moderately Preterm, Late Pre term, and Early Term Infants. Journal of Perinatology 40(4):665-678
  • Darcy Mahoney, A.E. Minter, B., Burch, K., Stapel-Wax, J. (2013). Autism Spectrum Disorders and Prematurity: A review across gestational age subgroups. Advances in Nursing Care, 13(4):247-251.
  • Zhang, C., Darcy Mahoney, A.E. & Pinto-Martin, J. (2013). Perinatal brain injury, visual motor function, and poor school outcome of regional low birth weight survivors at age nine. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 15-16: 2225-2232. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2012.04328  
  • Darcy Mahoney, A.E. & Pinto-Martin, J. (2012). State of the Science: Association Between Perinatal Brain Injury and School Performance in Very-Low-Birthweight infants. Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews, 12(1): 33-39. PII: S1527-3369(11)00190-5
  • Darcy Mahoney, A.E., Hancock, L., Curley, M., Iorianni, A. (2012). Using High-Fidelity Simulation to Bridge Clinical and Classroom Learning in Undergraduate Pediatric Nursing, Nurse Education Today.  PMID: 22341995
  • The University of Pennsylvania – PhD in Nursing (2010)
  • The University of Pennsylvania – Master of Science in Nursing in the field of Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (2008)
  • Georgetown University – Bachelor of Science in Nursing (2006)
    • Certificate in International Health
  • Autism
  • Childhood Developmental
  • Infant Health
  • Neonatal
  • Pediatrics
  • Focus
  • Analytical
  • Achiever
  • Learner
  • Competition