Gerri-Lyn Boyden


Gerri-Lyn Boyden '23, PhD she/her

Clinical Assistant Professor

College of Nursing & Health Sciences / Community

Curriculum Vitae




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2023University of Massachusetts DartmouthPhD
2020University of Massachusetts DartmouthMSN
1996University of Rhode IslandBSN
1991University of Rhode IslandBA


  • Introduction to University Skills
  • Concepts of the Professional Nursing Role
  • Concepts of Lifespan Development
  • Concepts of Scholarship for Nursing Practice
  • Application of Global/Population Health Concepts + Clinical Coordinator





A course to prepare first-year nursing students for the demands of higher education and foster the development of a professional nursing identity. The course promotes academic success and social development by fostering personal and academic goal setting, evaluating personal learning styles, and developing successful study strategies. Students will gain or improve study techniques and strategies, research literacy, time management skills, organizational skills, speaking and writing skills, personal development, interpersonal skills, career goals, appreciation for cultural diversity, and orientation to university resources and services.

Introducation to human development across a lifespan ¿ from birth until death. The purpose of this course is to build a foundation of understanding through various developmental theorists and age related physical, cognitive, and social-emotional expectations during significant milestones. This course introduces learners to theory and concepts that promote health in persons and families across the lifespan. This course contributes to nursing student development in care of the patient across the lifespan. The AACN Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice were used to build this course.

This course immerses the student in civic engagement and service learning. The purpose of this course is to apply the threaded nursing concepts of culture and diversity, communication, professional behaviors, health promotion/health protection, evidence-based practice, and leadership to creatively design and execute active learning projects to benefit the community.  Students use nursing specific knowledge to identify, formulate, and complete projects.

This course prepares nursing students to promote health and well-being and prevent disease for clients across the lifespan, across local, national, and global settings and at all levels of the health care delivery continuum, with an emphasis on emerging and current issues with diverse client populations.


Research activities

  • Integrative Review - Psychological Trauma Among Nurses During the COVID-19 Pandemic with Strategies for Healing and Resilience.
  • Paper Presentation - Student Resilience in Nursing Education: A Theory Synthesis. Eastern Nursing Research Society Conference, March 2022.
  • Dissertation (in Process) - Understanding Resilience Among Traditional Baccalaureate Nursing Students: A Hermeneutic Phenomenology Study


Research interests

  • Psychological Resilience & Trauma
  • Co-Occurring Chronic Mental Illness & Substance Use Disorders
  • Mobile Applications for Psychological Well-being
  • Humanistic Nursing Education
  • De-escalation Skills in Nursing Education and Clinical Practice

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Dr. Gerri-Lyn Boyden is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse with 30+ years of clinical expertise. She is actively practicing in acute adult mental health and substance use disorder care. Her program of nursing research focuses on resilience and related concepts among nursing students, clinical nurses, and persons living with chronic mental illness and substance use disorder. She is a certified Adult Mental Health First Aid USA Instructor, certified in Addictions Treatment Clinical Skills for Healthcare Providers through Yale University, certified in Mindfulness for Mental Health Providers, and accomplished in De-escalation Training for Inpatient Psychiatric Care Providers.

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