Sharon Bernecki DeJoy, PhD, MPH

Board Member, Association of Midwifery Educators
Assoc. Professor, Program Director, West Chester University of Pennsylvania


Sharon Bernecki DeJoy, MPH PhD is currently Associate Professor in the department of Health and Program Director for the BS in Public Health at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She received her AS in Midwifery from Miami-Dade College and a BA from Columbia University. She holds an MPH in Maternal Child Health and a PhD in Community and Family Health from the University of South Florida College of Public Health.

Dr. DeJoy’s first academic teaching experience included the development of a Maternal Child Health Community Health Worker training curriculum, which she taught at two community colleges in Florida. She spent three years teaching public health in the SUNY system in Northern New York before moving to her current position. Dr. DeJoy has also taught in the MS in Global Health program at Northwestern University. She has twice won the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health Innovative Teaching in MCH Award. Dr. DeJoy is team leader for WCU’s First Year Experience Course in Integrative Health.

Dr. DeJoy’s research focuses on weight stigma and the intersection of size discrimination with other types of discrimination in maternal child health.

Dr. DeJoy has local, state, national, and international leadership experience in maternal child health program delivery. She serves on various boards and committees. On the national level, she is a Board member of the Association of Midwifery Educators. She also serves on the Maternal Mortality and Policy committees of the Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative.