Elizabeth Soliday, PhD

Associate Professor, Human Development
Phone: (360) 546-9727
Fax: (360) 546-9038
Located in McClaskey (VMCB) 216
Office Hours: M/F 12-1
Support Staff: Sarah Pimentel


Course ID Title Meeting Time Location Semester Syllabus
HD 101 Human Development Across the Lifespan M,W,F 1.10 - 2.00 p.m. Fall 2015


My research focuses on advancing women’s informed, autonomous decision making in pregnancy and birth care. I use qualitative and quantitative methods to examine how beliefs about birth and birth care relate to women’s care decisions and intervention uptake. I also study treatment outcomes of acupuncture for pregnancy and birth concerns with the aim of providing more evidence for women's care decision making. I am currently developing patient-centered birth care informational interventions for different time points in women’s childbearing years that take care beliefs into account. Undergraduate and graduate students are essential members of my research team, and I welcome you to contact me by phone (360/546-9727) or e-mail with any questions about my research.

Recent Publications

Soliday, E. & Hapke, P. (2014). Patient expectations of acupuncture in pregnancy. Global Advances in Health and Medicine Journal (Special Issue on Acupuncture), 3(4), 14-19.

Soliday, E., Tremblay, K., & Gartstein, M. (In press). Decisions in childbirth reported by a sample of U.S. women. International Journal of Childbirth.

Soliday, E. & Hapke, P. (2014). Characteristics of a U.S. obstetric acupuncture clinic patient sample. Explore: Journal of Science and Healing, 10(2), 109-115.

Soliday, E. & Tremblay, K. A. (2013). Provider trust: A useful concept in maternal care. Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health, 27(3), 193-209.

Soliday, E. & Hapke, P. (2013). Research on obstetric acupuncture: The U.S. contribution. Medical Acupuncture, 25(4), 252-260.

Soliday, E. & Hapke, P. (2013). Patient-reported benefits of acupuncture in pregnancy. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 19(3), 109-113.

Soliday, E. Tremblay, K., & Sayyam, J. (2013). Pathways to violated expectations of epidural uptake: A mixed-methods study. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 31(4), 413-425.

Megahead, H., & Soliday, E. (2013). Developing a conceptual framework of foster family placement. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 48(1), 48-63.

Tremblay, K. A., & Soliday, E. (2012). Effect of planning, wantedness, and attachment on prenatal anxiety. Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health, 27(2), 97-120.

Soliday, E. (2012). Maternal medical patients’ rights reflected in women’s reported childbirth experiences. Techne: Research in Philosophy and Technology, 16(1), 62-70.


  • PhD, Psychology (Clinical/Health), University of Kansas, 1995