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Areas of research

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Faculty members in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences are engaged in research activities in three broad areas:

  • chronic illness: living with chronic illness, experiences of caregivers, management of chronic illness and symptoms
  • nursing education: outcomes and evaluation, innovations in nursing education, nursing workforce preparation and retention
  • global health: working with vulnerable populations, creating sustainable partnerships, health promotion and health policy, "global/local" health

Support for this work comes from a variety of sources:

  • the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
  • the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education
  • professional groups, foundations, and community agencies 

Medical Laboratory Science

Our Medical Laboratory Science faculty are engaged in research in the following areas:

  • health and diversity
  • pathophysiology: hormone levels in response to stress, bleeding and clotting disorders
  • infectious disease: emerging infectious disease, infection prevention and control, prospective antimicrobial products against biofilm formation, collabrations with the UMass Dartmouth Cranberry Health Research Center

Office of Nursing Research

Students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels have opportunities to work with faculty on research projects. See Office of Nursing Research for grant development information.

Faculty expertise

Our faculty are recognized experts in their fields and are actively involved in service projects in southeastern Massachusetts and beyond. They serve as consultants for our practice partners and professional groups. Faculty members are frequently invited speakers at professional meetings and present peer-reviewed poster and podium presentations throughout the U.S. They publish regularly in a variety of professional journals. Many faculty also volunteer for local, regional, national, and international health initiatives.


Devine, C. & Chin, E. (2018).
Integrity in Nursing Students: A Concept Analysis
Nurse Education Today, 60, 133-138.

Elizabeth Chin
Elizabeth Chin

DiSanza CB, Geller PA, Bonacquisti A, Posmontier. B, Horowitz JA, Chiarello LA (2020).
A stepped care model of patient navigation to enhance engagement with perinatal mental health care
Health Equity, 4:, 484-488.

June Andrews Horowitz

March Mistler, J., Miraglia, C. (2019).
Instrument Enrichment Pilot Program: A Study
Clinical Laboratory Science

James March Mistler

Sethares, K., Viveiros, J. & Ayotte, B. (2021).
Uncertainty levels differ by physical heart failure symptom cluster
Applied Nursing Science, 60

Jennifer Viveiros
Jennifer Viveiros

Treas, L., Wilkinson, J., Barnett, K., & Smith, M. (2017).
Basic Nursing Thinking, Doing, Caring.
F.A. Davis, Philadelphia, 2

Karen Barnett
Karen Barnett

Sethares, K.A., Asselin, M.E., Mahoney, D., Nicotera, J., Chung, J., & Schuler, M. (2021).
Description and comparison of exam wrapper learning strategy use in baccalaureate and associate degree nursing students: A descriptive study.
Nurse Educator, E pub

Kristen Sethares CV
Kristen Sethares

Lisa Dumont and Andrew Harding (2013).
Journal of Emergency Nursing
Development and Implementation of a sepsis program, 39 (6), 625-630.

Lisa Dumont

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

Maryellen Brisbois
Maryellen Brisbois

Dolce, M. C., Haber, J., Savageau, J. A., Hartnett, E., & Riedy, C. A. (2018).
Integrating oral health into nurse practitioner graduate programs: Results of a U.S. survey
Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 30(11), 638-647.

Maria Dolce

Duprey, M. Dunker, K. & Whittaker, S. (2021).
The use of auditory simulation in undergraduate nursing to promote empathy
Nursing Education Perspectives

Melissa Duprey
Melissa Duprey

Kellogg, M. B., Schierberl Scherr, A. E., & Ayotte, B. J. (2021).
"All of this was awful": Exploring the experience of nurses caring for patients with COVID-19 in the United States.
Nursing Forum, doi:10.1111/nuf.12633.

Marni Kellogg

Tyo, M., McCurry, M. K., Horowitz, J., Elliott, K.
Predictors of Resilience and Burden in Family Caregivers of Individuals with Opioid Use Disorder
Journal of Addictions Nursing

Mary McCurry
Mary Mccurry

Schuler, M., Tyo, M., & Barnett, K. (2021).
Nursing Student Perceptions of Required Online Educational Programs Utilized Outside the Classroom
Nurse Education Today

Monika Schuler

Brown Tyo, M., McCurry, M., Horowitz, J., & Elliot, K. (2021).
Predictors of Burden and Resilience in Family Caregivers of Individuals with Opioid Use Disorder.
Journal of Nursing Addiction, doi: 10.1097/JAN.0000000000000412.

Mirinda Brown Tyo
Mirinda Brown Tyo

LeSeure, P., Chawaphanth, S., Jantaramano, S., & Thana, K. (2017).
Knowledge and Competency of Nurses in the Northern Region of Thailand for the ASEAN Economic Community
Songklanagarind Journal of Nursing, 37(1), 117-130.

Peeranuch LeSeure

Barnett, K. & Rosha, R. (2021).
CNHS Diversity Pipeline Programs and Outcomes [Poster Presentation]
Diversity Pipeline Programs (DPP) Community-Based Training & Practice Meeting, virtual

Rekha Rosha
Rekha Rosha

Avery-Desmarais, S., Sethares, K., Stover, C., Batchelder, A., & McCurry, M. (2020).
Substance Use and Minority Stress in a Population of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Nurses
Substance Use and Misuse, 55 (3), 1958-1967.

Shannon Avery
Shannon Avery-Desmarais

Doherty, D.P., & Hunter Revell, S.M., McCurry, M.K., & Asselin, M. ((in press)).
Exploring the charge nurse role transition: A qualitative study of the novice’s perspective.
Journal of Nursing Professional Development.

Susan Hunter Revell
Susan Hunter Revell

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