Genae Strong, PhD, CNM RNC-OB, IBCLC, RLC, ANLC, CNE
Associate Professor | PhD Program Director
About Genae Strong
Dr. Genae Strong has more than 24 years of experience supporting breastfeeding women through teaching, research and service. An international speaker and author in the field of lactation, she is assistant editor for the Journal of Human Lactation, the official journal of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA).
Dr. Strong has gained a reputation as one of the foremost experts and supporters of lactation for mothers and families. Focused on breastfeeding education, she creates innovative curriculum to address well-known inadequacies among pre-licensure nursing students known to hinder development and deliver of competent nursing care.
Dr. Strong maintains a program of funded (ILCA 2012 Research Grant, & University of Memphis 2012 Faculty Research Grant) research focused on barriers that health care providers face assisting new breastfeeding moms. Focusing on breastfeeding education for pre-licensure nursing students, Dr. Strong is creating an innovative curriculum to address well-known inadequacies among pre-licensure nursing students known to hinder development and delivery of competent nursing care.
Serving both the Memphis Area Lactation Consultant Association (MALCA) as president and the Shelby County Breastfeeding Coalition (SCBC) as Academic Chair, Dr. Strong exhibits a “strong” passion for improving maternal and infant health outcomes. Dr. Strong received the 2015 Award of Excellence in Education from Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and is on the USLCA Board of Directors for Professional Development.
In 2019, the Tennessee Health Department awarded Dr. Strong, PI, a three-year, $442,600 Project Diabetes grant for a Lactation Support Program designed to minimize separation of mothers and infants during employment and/or education and protect, support, sustain and optimize the health and well-being of lactating women and their infants.