Kathleen Elliott


Kathleen Elliott she/her

Clinical Associate Professor

College of Nursing & Health Sciences





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2016University of Massachusetts DartmouthDNP
2001University of Massachusetts DartmouthPost-Masters NP
1995University of Massachusetts BostonCritical Care CNS
1990Saint Josephs's CollegeBSN


  • Clinical Simulation Adult/Gero Primary Care
  • Clinical Simulation ABS Program Adult- Medical Surgical
  • Clinical Practice Partnership Service Learning/DNP Students/Gifford Wellness





Experiential learning practicum (simulation and mentorship) provides students with repeated opportunities to apply and refine their clinical practice in the care of persons with complex health problems. Students will analyze the professional nursing role, promote health, guide the person, and shape the health care environment through advocacy, interdisciplinary collaboration, and effective management of resources in acute and critical care environments.


Online and Continuing Education Courses

Expansion of knowledge of management of acute illness and acute exacerbation of chronic illness in the adult client through a precepted clinical placement. Students assess and manage commonly occurring acute problems and acute exacerbation of chronic illnesses to promote health, assess and reduce risk, and guide adults and older adults who are experiencing acute illness. The continuing development of advanced practice skills in patient assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning is emphasized. Student progression to an increasingly independent role as an Advanced Practice Nurse is required.
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Build on knowledge of adult and older adult primary care management of short-term acute illness and acute exacerbation of chronic health problems. Students expand and extend their knowledge of increasingly complex diagnostic and patient management issues that the advance practice nurse addresses in clinical practice. Current standards of practice and advanced practice nursing interventions are used to promote health, assess and reduce risk, and guide adults who are experiencing acute illness or acute exacerbation of chronic illness.
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Research activities

  • Mother's and substance use disorder


Research interests

  • Opioid Use Disorder and Stigma

Select publications

  • Gramling, K. & Elliott, K. (2023).
    Caring Praxis: Responding to Persons with Opioid Use Disorder.
    Journal of Human Caring
  • Elliott, K. Chin, E., Gramling, K. & Sethares, K. (2021).
    Changing Nurse Practitioner Students Attitudes and Beliefs about Caring for those with Opioid Use Disorder.
    Journal of Addiction Nursing

Kathleen M. Elliott, DNP, ANP, BC, has served as faculty for the past 27 years. Additionally, she has practiced as an Adult Nurse Practitioner for 22 years in primary care, ED and urgent care and she has been an Adult Nurse Practitioner Clinical Coordinator for the past 16 years. Dr. Kathleen Elliott holds a BSN from Saint Joseph’s College, an MSN from the University of Massachusetts Boston, Post-Masters Adult NP from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She is a Service-Learning Fellow in 2016, which provided resources to implement a designated service-learning course that is currently a required clinical course for all nurse practitioners. This course is a doctoral clinical course for future practicing DNP students; the students in this course are required to provide community service to those suffering from opioid use disorder by providing routine physical exams. Dr. Elliott has piloted a SAMSA Grant that entitled Practitioner Education. This grant was developed by Yale and is an on-line course provided to UMassD College of Nursing and was an initiative in making education and training in substance use disorders a part of healthcare in all specialties. This grant allowed us full access to the course and certification. Dr Elliott has presented locally and nationally on Opioid Use Disorder. Her community involvement includes the Gifford Wellness Center in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Dr. Elliott has completed over 10 medical mission trips to Port-au-Prince, Haiti with Partners in Development.