Dr. Groer’s research interests have focused on psychoneuroimmunology with a special focus on women and children. She recently completed a NIH funded study is examining the influence of lactation on postpartum stress and immunity. She has a current research focus on inflammation and autoimmune disease in the postpartum. Another area of interest is the effects of acute trauma on the inflammatory response and immune function. Her lab at the University of South Florida is currently conducting studies on exercise and inflammation, immune function of preterm infants, menstrual cycle immune function, and postpartum immunology.
Dr Groer has over 51 publications in referred journals and has authored 3 textbooks in pathophysiology. She is a fellow of both the American Academy of Nursing and the Society of Behavioral Medicine. She represented the American Academy of Nursing’s expert panel on breastfeeding on the United States Breastfeeding Committee from 2002-2005, and chaired the finance and development committee of this group for 2 years.
Dr. Groer teaches advanced pathophysiology, psychoneuroimmunology, research and theory. Dr. Groër is also a Family Nurse Practitioner and has led a team of students and faculty to Ghana, Africa for the past 5 years to provide health care to a small, underserved village on the coast.
Dr. Groer received a diploma in nursing from Children’s Hospital in Boston, and then went on to receive a bachelors in biology at Boston College, 2 masters degrees, one in biology from Boston University and a masters degree in nursing from the University of Tennessee, and a PhD in physiology and biophysics from the University of Illinois Medical Center.