Maryellen Brisbois, PhD

Associate Professor

Nursing & Health Sciences / Community

508-999-8581

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Education

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

Teaching

  • Global heath
  • Community/Public health
  • Chronic illness

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

Science of understanding the health of populations throughout the world. The course focuses on improving health of communities across the globe through organized and systematic efforts. These efforts can take the form of education, providing access to health care and resources, with the goal of protecting populations from exposures that could cause them harm. This course examines the complex distribution of disease across the globe, examining the health of diverse communities. It focuses on major health problems, considering economic and social conditions contributing to disease burden, unique to developed and developing nations across the globe, from cholera to malnutrition to obesity.

Science of understanding the health of populations throughout the world. The course focuses on improving health of communities across the globe through organized and systematic efforts. These efforts can take the form of education, providing access to health care and resources, with the goal of protecting populations from exposures that could cause them harm. This course examines the complex distribution of disease across the globe, examining the health of diverse communities. It focuses on major health problems, considering economic and social conditions contributing to disease burden, unique to developed and developing nations across the globe, from cholera to malnutrition to obesity.

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.

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

Research Interests

  • Disparities in health/healthcare
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Chronic illness
  • Service learning/student exchange
  • Global health

Select publications

Brisbois, M. (2014).
An interpretive description of chemotherapy-induced premature menopause among Latinas with breast cancer
Oncology Nursing Forum, 4, E282-E28.

Brisbois, M. & Asselin, M. (2016).
The use of critical reflective inquiry among American baccalaureate nursing students in a global service learning experience in Haiti
Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 6 (8), 94-92.

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), 84-92.

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