The Connell School has a longstanding tradition of research and our faculty are dedicated to scholarly inquiry in a variety of areas, from the science of sleep to interventions with vulnerable populations.
Research at CSON examines the complex problems of health and health care, proposing new ideas and solutions to advance nursing science and improve lives. Our faculty scholars have been awarded research grants from prominent foundations and federal and state agencies—most notably the National Institutes of Health.
Interdisciplinary collaboration helps confront scientific challenges and move health care forward. “Team science” has emerged as the depth and breadth of scientific knowledge expands, making it increasingly difficult—and often impossible—to explore new ideas within academic silos.
Her research interests focus on lifestyle intervention using technology for adults with obesity. In particular, her work focuses on examining electronically recorded self-weighing and its associations with lifestyle behavior changes as well as its effect on weight loss outcomes.
Faculty members lead students in examining the psychosocial and biological underpinnings and responses to disordered eating, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating, and related dieting behaviors.
In this group, students explore areas of inquiry increasingly important to promoting healthy lifestyles, improving one’s sense of well-being, preventing diseases, and coping with chronic illness. Topics include:
Experiences of healing
Nonpharmacological mind-body self-care practices
Spirituality as a resource for human health and well-being
Members of this group have a wide range of interests, but they’re united by their desire to improve health outcomes using secondary data sets, surveys, and other effective methods. Doctoral students, postdocs, undergraduate research fellows, and faculty network, discuss work in progress, and develop new project ideas.
The Boston College commitment to service for others inspires CSON students and faculty to address inequities at every point of patient care. Faculty members leading this research group focus on all aspects of health care ethics and nursing philosophy, including obligations toward individuals and societies, problem analysis, coping, adaptation nursing, and decision-making.
Designed for students and faculty exploring the experience of aging and promoting lifelong patterns of health among older adults, their families, and communities, this interest group focuses on:
Aging-sensitive organizational models
Chronic disease management
Complex care issues
Interventions to improve care delivery
Public health policy
This group of faculty and graduate students conducts research and publishes scholarship that addresses issues related to sexual health, sexual risk behaviors, risks for STIs (including HIV), gender power and dynamics, intimate partner violence, and pregnancy and birth outcomes.