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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Rosanna DeMarco, Ph.D., RN, PHCNS-BC, APHN-BC, ACRN, FAAN

associate professor

Rosanna DeMarco, Ph.D., RN, PHCNS-BC, ACRN, FAAN

Cushing Hall 334H


  • Ph.D. Wayne State University
  • M.S. Boston College
  • B.S. Northeastern University

Women, marginalization, and health behaviors including women living with HIV/AIDS and nurses in the workplace. She has explicated and tested a gender-sensitive theoretical framework called the Silencing the Self Theory (Jack, 1991) in these groups.
Primary focus:
community-based intervention mixed methods research with vulnerable populations; conceptualizing family and community as client; research design methodologies and knowledge development that is gender sensitive and culturally relevant to women.
Minor focus:
Reiki for women living with HIV/AIDS

Dr. DeMarco is a board certified public/community health clinical nurse specialist with additional certification as an AIDS care registered nurse from the national Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC). She received her B.S. degree from Northeastern University (summa cum laude), M.S. in community health with added specialization in curriculum development in higher education from Boston College, and a Ph.D. from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. Her program of research addresses women, marginalization, and health behaviors. She has described, explained, and tested for over a decade a gender-sensitive theoretical framework called the Silencing the Self Theory (Jack, 1991, 1992, 1999) as it relates to nurses in the workplace, nursing students, and women living with chronic conditions (specifically HIV/AIDS). She also specializes in developing clinical interventions that address symptom management and increased quality of life for women of color living with HIV/AIDS from a palliative care perspective. She has a history of funded research identifying the effects of silencing the self behaviors and beliefs on affectivity, stigma, adherence, self-advocacy, addiction recovery, and secondary prevention in underserved populations of women and is involved in intervention research related to these outcome measures.

In 2008 Dr. DeMarco was inducted to the American Academy of Nursing as a fellow. In 2007 she received the Alumni Award of Excellence in Health from Boston College. She was recognized in 2004 by the MA Association of Registered Nurses (the American Nurses Association affiliate) by receiving its inaugural Nursing Research Award. She is co-producer of the prevention education film Women's Voices Women's Lives© which she uses in her intervention research. It has been translated in Vietnamese and Spanish language and is used across the US in AIDS services agencies (ASOs), schools of nursing and public health and internationally. Dr. DeMarco is on the editorial board of (JNE) the Journal of Nursing Education and is a reviewer for ANS (Advances in Nursing Science), RINAH (Research in Nursing and Health) and JNS (Journal of Nursing Scholarship). She is a member of the ANA, MARN, Sigma Theta Tau International, ENRS, APHA (American Public Health Association), NACNS (National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists), ANAC (Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, and ACHNE (Association of Community Health Educators).


  • 2010 - Excellence in HIV Prevention, Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
  • 2010 - Founding Member, HIV/AIDS and Religion Collaborative
  • 2010 - Summa Cum Laude Media Award, Boston College, Instructional Design and E Teaching (IDES)
  • 2010 - Re-Certification as AIDS Care Registered Nurse (ACRN), Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
  • 2010 National Grant Peer Reviewer for the American Cancer Society in the area of Cancer Control and Prevention-Psychosocial and Behavioral Research (CPPB)

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  • Harkness, G., DeMarco, R.F. (2012). Community and public health nursing: Evidence for practice. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.
  • Gaffney, D.A., DeMarco, R.F., Hofmeyer, A., Vessey, J.A., Budin, W. (2012). Making things right--Nurse's experiences with workplace bullying: A grounding theory. Nursing Research and Practice. Article ID: 243210, 1-10. Hindawi Publishing.
  • DeMarco, R. F. (2011). What we don’t know can’t hurt us. Treatment Strategies-AIDS Electronic Journal Cambridge Research Center. 1(2), 9.
  • DeMarco, R.F., Bradley Springer, L., Gallagher, D., Jones, S.G., & Visk, J. (2012). Recommendations and reality: Perceived patient, provider, and policy barriers to implementing routine HIV-screening and proposed solutions. Nursing Outlook, 60, 72-80.
  • Simons, S., Starks, R., & DeMarco, R.F. (2011). A New Four Item Instrument to Measure Workplace Bullying. Research in Nursing and Health, 34, 132-140.

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