PhD, University of South Carolina at Columbia; MS, BS, University of Wyoming

Research Interests

Infant exposure to cigarette smoke; breastfeeding; biomarkers related to inflammation


Dr. Stepans has been a registered nurse since 1972, specializing in “parent-child” nursing. Since earning her master’s degree in 1989, her primary research interest has been in protecting infants from environmental tobacco smoke. In addition, she has participated in numerous interdisciplinary research projects. She began teaching part time at the University of Wyoming School of Nursing in 1989. Once she attained her Ph.D., she taught full time in the undergraduate, graduate, and RN/BSN programs at the University of Wyoming from 1996 to 2007. Taking a short break from academia, she was the assistant executive director and practice and education consultant at the Wyoming State Board of Nursing until April 2010 when she became a Walden faculty member in the BSN Completion Program.