Early Literacy Research Library (ELRL) - Profile

Ashley Darcy Mahoney, PhD, NNP

Contact Email: adarcymahoney@gwu.edu


George Washington University
Washington, DC
Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner


Ashley Darcy-Mahoney, Ph.D., NNP, FAAN, is a dedicated neonatal nurse practitioner, researcher, and educator. Throughout her career, she has been at the forefront of advancing nursing research, education, and practice, with a specific focus on neonatology, infant health, and developmental pediatrics. Her unwavering commitment to improving the lives of at-risk and preterm infants has led to the development of groundbreaking programs that enhance their health and developmental outcomes. Currently holding the position of professor of nursing and senior associate dean for faculty affairs, Dr. Darcy-Mahoney is actively pushing the boundaries of research in infant health and developmental outcomes for high-risk infants. Her primary focus lies in understanding the early brain and development trajectories of this vulnerable population. Her program of research aims to enhance early childhood outcomes, particularly through language interventions to promote future literacy and cognitive development. She played a key role in the conceptualization and launch of “Talk With Me Baby” and “Háblame Bebé” programs, which utilize nurses to empower parents with knowledge about the critical role of early language exposure in predicting academic success. These collaborative initiatives utilizes the nursing workforce to educate parents on the critical importance of early communication and engagement with their infants. Háblame Bebé” is a groundbreaking childhood language development app designed for bilingual parents, primarily Spanish speakers, aiming to foster meaningful interactions with their children. In 2020, Dr. Darcy-Mahoney served as the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence, where she played a vital role in the development of the Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity. The Scholar-in-Residence program ensures the inclusion of nursing perspectives in national health policy discussions, aligning with NAM’s mission to provide evidence-based solutions and shape policies to address social determinants of health and promote public health.

Research Interests

  • ROR in the NICU
  • Home Visitation
  • Libraries and Public Resources
  • Medical Education/Training
  • School Readiness and Educational Outcomes

Past Research

Talk With Me Baby

Hableme Bebe

Ongoing Research

Talk With Me Baby

Hableme Bebe



Mentorship as a Mentee