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Meet the Team! 

Lisa Cleveland
Associate Professor
UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing 

Lisa Cleveland, PhD, RN, PNP-BC, IBCLC 

is an Associate Professor at the UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing.


She is a practicing board certified pediatric nurse practitioner and an international board certified lactation consultant. She is currently conducting a study with mothers of substance exposed infants as well as a study focused on the development and evaluation of web-enhanced, interactive, case-based learning activities.

Research Interests: 

Under represented and at-risk families,

high-risk mothers and infants, substance use disorders in pregnancy and neonatal abstinence syndrome, early childhood development, web-based, interactive teaching in health sciences education

Dr. Kelly McGlothen-Bell

Dr. Kelly McGlothen-Bell PhD, RN, IBCLC

is a registered nurse and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

Dr. McGlothen-Bell obtained her PhD in Nursing from the University of Texas Health San Antonio. She is currently a NIDA T32 postdoctoral fellow studying the impact of prenatal opioid exposure on the health of the maternal-infant dyad. Her work is dedicated to the protection and promotion of birth and breastfeeding equity for all mothers and infants through advocacy, education, practice, and research.

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Dr. Pamela Recto 

Dr. Pamela Recto PhD, RN is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Research to Advance Community Health (REACH Center). 


Her research is primarily focused on improving mental health outcomes for mothers and fathers.  She is part of Dr. Lisa Cleveland's research team at UT Health San Antonio, as they examine the relationship between maternal mental health and stress physiology among pregnant and parenting women with opioid use disorders.  

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