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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Susan A. DeSanto-Madeya, PhD, RN, CNS

clinical associate professor

Susan DeSanto-Madeya, Ph.D., RN, CNS

Contact Information

Maloney Hall 267


  • Ph.D., M.S.N., Widener University
  • B.S.N. East Stroudsburg University

research interests

Palliative care; end of life care

selected appointments & awards

  • 2013: Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Chi Chapter Nursing Research Grant, Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Chi Chapter
  • 2012–present: Tri-chair of the Family and Community Participatory-Based Research Interest Group, Eastern Nursing Research Society
  • 2011–present: Beth Israel Hospital Nurses Alumnae Association Endowed Nurse Scientist, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • 2010: Visiting Nurse Faculty Scholar Parkinson's Disease Program, Boston Medical Center/Boston University
  • 2009–present: Associate Member, Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Cancer Outcomes Research Program

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selected publications

  • O'Donoghue, S., DeSanto-Madeya, S., Fealy, N., Saba, C., Smith, S., & McHugh, A. (2015). Nurses' perceptions of role, team performance, and education regarding resuscitation in the adult medical-surgical patient. MEDSURG Nursing, 24(5), 309-317.
  • Willis, D. G., Desanto-Madeya, S., Ross, R., Sheehan, D. L., & Fawcett, J. (2015). Spiritual healing in the aftermath of childhood maltreatment. Advances in Nursing Science, 38(3), 162-174. doi:10.1097/ans.0000000000000075 
  • DiLibero, J., Lavieri, M., O’Donoghue, S., & DeSanto-Madeya, S. A. (2015). Withholding or continuing enteral feedings during repositioning and the incidence of aspiration. American Journal of Critical Care, 24(3), 258-261. doi:10.4037/ajcc2015482
  • Willis, D. G., DeSant-Madeya, S. A., & Fawcett, J. (2015). Moving beyond dwelling in suffering: A situation-specific theory of men’s healing from childhood maltreatment. Nursing Science Quarterly, 28(1), 57-63. doi:10.1177/0894318414558606
  • Darcy, A. M., Murphy, G. A., & DeSanto-Madeya, S. A. (2014). Evaluation of discharge telephone calls following total joint replacement surgery. Orthopaedic Nursing, 33(4) 188-95. doi:10.1097/NOR.0000000000000062
  • Flanagan, J. M., DeSanto-Madeya, S. A. (2014). Using Skype to facilitate presence at the end of life. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing, 16(8). 489-494. doi:10.1097/NJH.0000000000000106

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