Susan Liipfert Shelton

Assistant Professor
Susan Shelton

Contact Information

Office Location
SCN 421
(850) 644-6009
(850) 644-7660


PhD Nursing, Georgia State University
MSN, Midwifery Track, Emory University
BSN, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing (Mercer University)



Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), American Midwifery Certification Board
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP), Georgia and Florida



For the past 20 years, Dr. Shelton has been involved in maternal-child nursing.  As a labor and delivery nurse, a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM), and now a nurse educator and researcher, she has maintained a particular interest in the well-being of mothers as they transition from pregnancy and birth to motherhood.  She is actively involved with Postpartum Support International (PSI) serving as a co-coordinator for the Tallahassee PSI chapter and board member for PSI-Florida.  Dr. Shelton has completed both the PSI Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care Training and the PSI Social Support webinar series. Working with the Maternal Mental Health Community Advisory Board, she lends a multi-faceted nursing perspective to addressing Maternal Mental Health (MMH) in the Big Bend area and aims to promote awareness about Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) to mothers and families, community members, and clinicians in the Tallahassee area.  As an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Florida State University her research focuses on social support, exercise and other non-pharmacological interventions for PPD symptoms, and postpartum education for self-care and positive adjustment to motherhood.



Shelton, S. L., & Lee, S.-Y. (2018). Women’s self-reported factors that influence their postpartum exercise levels. Nursing for Women's Health, 22(2), 148-157. doi: 10.1016/j.nwh.2018.02.003

Shelton, S., & Cormier, E. (2018). Depressive symptoms and influencing factors in low-risk mothers. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 39(3), 251-258. DOI: 10.1080/01612840.2017.1404170 

Shelton, S., Meaney-Delman,, D., Hunter, M., & Lee, S. Y. (2014). Depressive symptoms and the relationship of stress, sleep, and well-being among NICU mothers. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 4(8), 2-10. 

Lee, S. Y., Grantham, C. H., Shelton, S., & Meaney-Delman, D. (2012). Does activity matter?: An exploratory study among mothers with preterm infants. Archives of Women's Mental Health, 15(3), 185-192.

FUNDED GRANTS (current):

Shelton, S. (Jun 2016–May 2018). Depressive Symptoms and the Circles of Influence in a Woman's Transition to Motherhood. Funded by Florida State University, “First Year Assistant Professor” Grant. Total award $20,000.