Courtney Everson, PhD

Board, Association of Midwifery Educators
Medical Anthropologist and Dean of Graduate Studies, Midwives College of Utah


Dr. Courtney Everson holds a PhD in Applied Medical Anthropology with a long track record of community outreach, research, and leadership in education, non-profit management, and health equity. Dr. Everson is currently appointed as core Academic Faculty and the Dean of Graduate Studies at the Midwives College of Utah, where she also serves as the Chair of the Evidence-informed Practice Steering Committee. Dr. Everson holds several leadership positions nationally, including as the Director of Research Education for the MANA Division of Research, the Co-Vice President of the Association of Midwifery Educators, and on the Board of Directors for the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council.

As a Medical Anthropologist, Dr. Everson's specializations include perinatal health inequities; social justice; culturally safe care; midwifery and doula care models; research and clinical ethics; adolescent pregnancy and parenting; psychosocial stress and social support; evidence-informed practice; interprofessional collaboration; and mixed methodologies. Dr. Everson actively publishes in academic forums, and is an invited, avid speaker at local, national and international venues. Dr. Everson has won multiple awards for her teaching, research, and service, including being named “Teacher of the Year” in 2014 for the Midwives College of Utah and receiving the “Our Future, Award of Excellence” from the Oregon Women in Higher Education Consortium. Most recently, Dr. Everson and her colleagues received the “Best Research Article” Award from the American College of Nurse Midwives for their 2015 publication on waterbirth in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health. Dr. Everson is also an anti-racism and anti-oppression trainer, as well as a perinatal health educator, birth doula, and postpartum doula in the Denver-metro area, primarily serving at-risk families and youth.