Jun 21, 2018  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog


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Deborah Aloe, CPNP, FNP-BC, MS, PhD, University of Florida Gainesville

  • Behavior Disorder: ADHD, ASD
  • Simulation: Peds, OB

Teri Aronowitz, FNP, PhD, University of Rochester

  • Promoting Resilience in Urban At-risk Minority Youth
  • Sexual Health Issues
  • Mother-Daughter Sexual Communication
  • Sexual Assault

Suha Ballout, PhD, RN

  • Enhancing the Quality of Life in Persons with Chronic Illness and Their Families

Paula Brooks, DNP, FNP-BC, University of Massachusetts Boston

Terry E. Mahan Buttaro, ANP-BC, GNP-BC, CEN, FAANP, DPNAP, PhD, Simmons College

  • Adult and Gerontologic Nurse Practitioner

Mary Cooley, RN, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

  • Cancer Symptom Management
  • Smoking Cessation Interventions

Rosanna DeMarco, RN, PHCNS-BC, APHN-BC, ACRN, FAAN, PhD, Wayne State University

  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • HIV Prevention in Low-Income Black, Spanish/Latina, and Vietnamese Women

Linda Dumas, RN, ANP-BC, PhD, Boston University

  • Sociology
  • Urban Community
  • Geriatrics/Long-term Care
  • End-of-life Care
  • Palliative Care and Chronic Illness

Carol Hall Ellenbecker, RN, PhD, Brandeis University

  • Health Services Research
  • Health Policy

Jacqueline Fawcett, RN, FAAN PhD, New York University

  • Nursing Theory
  • Parent-Child Nursing

Michelle Ferguson, DNP, PPCNP-BC, University of Miami

  • Pediatric Primary Care
  • Holistic approaches to Pediatric Care
  • Vaccine compliance and alternative schedules
  • Children with Special Health Needs
  • Online education and technology.

Mary E. Fischer, NP, MSN, PhD, University of Massachusetts Medical Center Graduate School of Nursing

  • Menopause and other women’s health issues
  • Health Promotion
  • Lactation and Childbirth Education
  • Mind-Body Therapies
  • Nursing Education and Research

Janice Foust, RN, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

  • Post-Hospital Medication Management
  • Transitional Care

Priscilla Gazarian, PhD, RN, University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • Preventable hospital harm
  • Patient engagement
  • Patient self-management
  • Nurse decision making; Critical decision method

Jennifer Hackel, MSN, DNP, Columbia University

  • Adult and Geriatric Primary Care Nursing
  • Diabetes Care
  • Dementia Care

Patricia A. Halon, FNP-C, DNP, University of Massachusetts Boston

  • Primary Care
  • College Health
  • Women’s Health
  • Quality Improvement
  • EHR

Laura L. Hayman, RN, FAAN, FAHA PhD, University of Pennsylvania

  • Child and Adolescent Health
  • Childhood Obesity
  • Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease

Judith Healey Walsh, RN, MS, Boston College

  • Community Health Nursing
  • Simulation
  • Fundamental Skills

Lisa Heelan-Fancher, RN/BSN, CHPE, PhD, University of Louisville

  • Ethics: Patient Advocacy and Human Dignity
  • Maternity and Women’s Health
  • Global Health
  • RN Workforce Issues
  • Transition of Care from Acute Care Setting to the Community

Mary Ellen Jagelski, CNS, RNC, WHNP-BC, MS, Boston College

  • Maternal and Newborn Nursing
  • Women’s Health Nursing

Emily Jones, RNC-OB, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Identification of Cardiometabolic Risk Among Childbearing Women
  • Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

Kathleen Kafel, RN, MS, University of Massachusetts Boston

  • Medical-Surgical Adult Health Nursing
  • Innovative Methods of Clinical Education
  • Transitioning Clinicians in Becoming Clinical Educators

Anne K. Kibrick (Emerita), EdD, Harvard University

  • Nursing Administration

Sun Kim, PhD, RN

  • Tobacco Dependence Treatment for Underserved Populations
  • Differences in Treatment Outcomes Owing to Gender

Ralph Klotzbaugh, PhD, FNP-BC, State University of New York

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health Equity and Policy

Sheryl LaCoursiere, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, APRN, PhD, University of Connecticut

  • Informatics
  • Mental Health
  • Veterans
  • PTSD
  • Telehealth/Mobile Health
  • Chronic Illness
  • Communication and Social Media

Ellen Latour, DNP, ANP, GNP, DNP

Haeok Lee, RN, PhD, University of California, San Francisco

  • Health Disparities
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Hepatitis B Infection
  • Health Outcomes

Suzanne Leveille, RN, PhD, University of Washington

  • Epidemiology of Aging and Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Gerontological Nursing
  • Research Methods

Deborah Lind Mahony, RN, PNP-BC, SD, Harvard University

  • Care of Children
  • Nursing Ethics

Jeanne Marston

Margaret McAllister, RN, FNP-BC, FAANP, PhD, Northeastern University

  • Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Education
  • Health Policy
  • Quality Improvement
  • Dermatology

JoAnn Mulready-Shick, RN, CNE, EdD, University of Massachusetts Boston

  • Nurse Educator Development
  • Diversity
  • Clinical Education Partnerships

Victoria K. Palmer-Erbs, APRN, PhD, Boston University

  • Community Mental Health Nursing
  • Adult Psychiatric Rehabilitation
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Tobacco Use Issues
  • IRB Ethics

Teresa Eliot Roberts, RN, ANP-BC, PhD, Boston College

  • Cross-cultural Health Care
  • Immigrant Health Care
  • Immigrants in the U.S. Health Care Workforce
  • Adolescent Health
  • Gynecology
  • Primary Health Care

Beth Rowland, MS, BSN, DNP, Rush University

  • Vitamin D
  • Telehealth
  • Health Policy

Christine Salvucci, DNP, RN, CNE, Regis College

  • Community Health
  • NCLEX preparation
  • Curriculum development & program evaluation

Ling Shi, PhD, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health

  • Child Health
  • Biostatistics
  • Cardiometabolic Risk

Courtenay Sprague, MA, PhD, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

  • Global Health
  • Health Policy and Law
  • HIV
  • Health Equity

Marion E. Winfrey, RN, EdD, Vanderbilt University

  • Acute Care
  • Critical Care Nursing
  • Academic Service Partnerships


The Programs

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Department of Nursing, offers programs in graduate study leading to the MS, DNP, and PhD degrees in nursing. The college also offers a Post-Master’s Advanced Practice Certificate Program which prepares nurses who already hold a master’s degree in nursing for careers as family or adult/gerontological nurse practitioners. There is also a teaching/education certificate program available. The certificate programs are offered through the College of Advancing and Professional Studies at UMass Boston.

Graduate students at the college work with faculty members distinguished for their achievements as educators, scholars, and clinicians. Faculty are dedicated to developing students’ professional and intellectual interests and provide a strong background in nursing theory, practice, and research. Master’s and DNP degree students may pursue their individual professional objectives by participating in selected clinical practica with expert preceptors at prestigious placements in Boston-area institutions. PhD students study with faculty conducting research in quality of life, symptom management, health promotion and chronic disease prevention, health policy, and health care issues addressing local and global populations. In addition, faculty in the graduate program(s) are involved in service projects at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels.

The PhD Program

The PhD in Nursing Science Program provides study options in Population Health and Health Policy:

Two (2) Foci: Population Health and Health Policy

Two (2) “Time” Pathways: Fulltime (FT) and part time (PT)

Two (2) Degree Pathways: BS-PhD; MS-PhD


6 Curricular Plans (full time study only for BS-PhD Programs):

FT, MS-PhD Pop  

FT, BS-PhD Pop  

PT, MS-PhD Pop





Program Goals

The program focuses on the intersection of nursing, health policy, and population health, and prepares its graduates for leadership as researchers and educators who can:

  • Analyze the historical, sociological, economic, political and nursing perspectives of population health problems and existing proposed health policies.
  • Evaluate and critique health policies that influence the access, quality, and cost of healthcare services.
  • Conduct theory-guided qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research that advances knowledge of and informs innovative solutions to population health problems and health policies.
  • Influence the development of innovative solutions to population health problems and health policies at local, state, national and international levels.

The DNP Program

  • BS-to-DNP family nurse practitioner
  • BS-to-DNP adult/gerontological nurse practitioner
  • BS-to-DNP adult gerontology acute care clinical nurse specialist

The MS Program

The MS in Nursing Program prepares its students for advanced practice nursing. Each student chooses one of three tracks:

  • Acute care/critical care clinical nurse specialist
  • Adult/gerontological nurse practitioner
  • Family nurse practitioner


Nursing courses are open only to students matriculating in the graduate nursing programs, except by permission of the graduate program director.


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