Maryellen Brisbois

Maryellen Brisbois, PhD

Associate Professor

College of Nursing & Health Sciences / Community



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


  • 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 examines perspectives in nursing and interdisciplinary fields relevant to phenomena associated with human responses to illness events, in particular chronic illness. Emphasis on variations on the conceptualization of these phenomena across health care disciplines and the relationship to assumptions underlying nursing science. Issues pertinent to measurement strategies and construct validity for these concepts as well as respondent burden within this population will be addressed. Practice 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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