Dr. Rosemary Theroux has been a certified women’s health nurse practitioner for over 30 years. She obtained her nursing diploma from Faulkner Hospital, her BSN from Worcester State College, her MS in women’s health nursing from Boston College, and her PhD in nursing from University of Massachusetts Worcester. She has practiced in a variety of clinical settings: private practice, hospital, and free clinics. Her research interests have focused on women’s self-care, decision-making for menopause, and African women’s health, both in Africa and after immigration to the United States.
Dr. Theroux has been a faculty member in nursing departments of several universities, and has taught women’s health, maternal/child health, research, and community health courses. Currently she is an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts Worcester Graduate School of Nursing.
Dr. Theroux became involved in African immigrant women’s health during her community clerkship course at University of Massachusetts Worcester. Her student group focused on the high infant mortality rate in Worcester, which increased as more women emigrated from Africa. The majority of the women were from Ghana. In the Worcester, MA area she was involved in developing a free clinic for African immigrants, and served on the board of directors. In addition, she has cared for many African immigrant women in the Community Women’s Care Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.
During 2007-2010 she made several trips to Pokuase, Ghana in collaboration with the Women’s Trust Non-Government Organization, as well as other nurse researchers and clinicians. During these trips direct care and screening of women for hypertension and anemia was performed in Pokuase, as well as research with women about their self-care practices. In addition, visits to several health care facilities were made to better understand the health care system in Ghana. The research from the trips to Ghana (“Working hard: Women’s self-care practices in Ghana”) was published in 2013 in the journal Health Care for Women International.