Maryellen Brisbois


Maryellen Brisbois, PhD

Associate Professor

College of Nursing & Health Sciences / Community




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University of Massachusetts WorcesterPhD
Worcester State CollegeMS
Assumption CollegeBS
St. Vincent Hospital School of NursingDiploma


  • Community Nursing





Exploration and analyses of emerging trends of disease across the globe. Communicable and non-communicable disease trends will be examined in diverse populations. Impact of environmental and social-economic factors on the distribution of disease across low, middle and high income countries will be analyzed.

Critically examination of perspectives in nursing and interdisciplinary fields relevant to the global burden of chronic illness on an individual. Emphasis is placed on variations in the conceptualization of phenomena associated with human responses to illness, in particular chronic illness and symptomatology across disciplines and cultures and their relationships to assumptions underlying nursing science. Comprehensive understanding of the impact of chronic illness on the individual is enhanced by the emphasis on social determinants of health. Knowledge development of equitable person-centered approaches address individuals¿ needs. Research, practice, and educational implications evolving from the synthesis of this knowledge will be explored.  


Research activities

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Cancer Care, Symptomology and Disparities
  • Global Health Interventions Among Vulnerable Groups
  • Impact of Global Service Learning


Research interests

  • Global Health
  • Health and Health Care Disparities
  • Chronic Illness
  • Global Service Learning
  • Social Determinants of Health

Select publications

  • Murphy, J.M., Chin, E.D., Westlake, C., Asselin, M. & Brisbois, M.D. (2021).
    Pediatric hematology/oncology nurse spirituality, stress, coping, spiritual well-being and intent to leave nursing: A Mixed method study
    Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing
  • Brisbois, M.D. & Pereira H.R. (2019).
    Bridging the Atlantic: Optimizing health of vulnerable community aggregates through international student exchange
    Education for Health, 32, 3, 136-140.
  • Pereira, H. R., Brisbois, M.D., Silva, H.O., & Stover, C.M. (2018).
    Learning beyond expectations: Evaluation of an international nursing student exchange.
    Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 8, 2, 72-82.
  • Brisbois, M. D., Oliveira, H.O., Pereira, H. R., & Sethares, K.A. (2016).
    Self-perceived health and quality of life among Azorean deportees: a cross sectional descriptive study
    Springerplus, 5,1
  • Brisbois, M. (2014).
    An interpretive description of chemotherapy-induced premature menopause among Latinas with breast cancer
    Oncology Nursing Forum, 4, E282-289.

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