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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Judith A. Vessey, Ph.D., DPNP, M.B.A., FAAN

leila holden carroll professor in nursing

Judith A. Vessey, Ph.D., DPNP, M.B.A., FAAN

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  • M.B.A. - Johns Hopkins University
  • M.S.N., Ph.D. - University of Pennsylvania
  • DPNP Certificate - University of Miami
  • B.S.N. - Goshen College


The effect of chronic teasing and bullying on psychological and physical health of children and adolescents; bullying in the workplace care coordination


The Lelia Holden Carroll Chair in Nursing attracts outstanding teachers and researchers to the School of Nursing. The inaugural holder of the position is Judith A. Vessey, Ph.D., M.B.A., FAAN. Vessey is a developmental pediatric nurse practitioner and a leading nurse researcher in the field of pediatric nursing with an emphasis on issues faced by children with chronic conditions and their families.

Dr. Judith Vessey’s career has been dedicated to caring for children, specifically in the area of primary care for children with, or at risk for, chronic conditions. As a developmental pediatric nurse practitioner, she has had the opportunity to influence children’s health outcomes through practice, research, and teaching.

Dr. Vessey received her BSN from Goshen College, a certificate as a Developmental Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from the University of Miami, her M.S.N. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Scholar at the University of California, San Francisco. She later received her M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University. The decision to seek this degree came from her realization that understanding the economics and business practices of health care was essential to being able to contribute to related policy determinations for children with chronic conditions.

Dr. Vessey’s current research focuses on teasing and bullying. Her interest in this area of inquiry began when she witnessed the difficulties that children with chronic conditions faced on being included in school. This work has led to a new avenue of study - bullying, harassment, and horizontal violence in the workplace. Dr. Vessey’s research has been funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research, professional organizations and private foundations.  Dr. Vessey has authored over 100 articles, chapters, and books and has presented widely. Dr. Vessey is actively involved in the American Academy of Nurses and served as co-chair of the Child and Family Expert Panel. 

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  • 2011 - Mentor Recognition, ENRS
  • 2012-present - Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing
  • 2010-present - Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Nursing Research
  • 2008-2009 McClure Visiting Nurse Scholar, NYU Langone Medical Center.
  • 2007 - Excellence in Nursing Research Award, Massachusetts Association of Register Nurses

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  • Selekman, J., Vessey, J. A., Bergren, M. D. (2013). In J. Selekman (Ed.), The School Nurse's Role in Research and Evidence-based Practice (ed., pp. 142-162). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis.
  • Vessey, J. A., DiFazio, R. L., Strout, T. D. (2013). Vessey, J. A., DiFazio, R. L., & Strout, T. D. (2013). Youth bullying: A review of the science and call to action. Nursing Outlook, 61, 347-345.
  • Vessey, J. A., Horowitz, J. A., Horowitz, J. A. (in press). Relationship between teasing and bullying: A theoretical model. To appear in Journal of Pediatric Nursing.
  • DiFazio, R. L., Harris, M., Vessey, J. A., Glader, L., Shanske, S. (in press). Opportunities lost and found: experiences of patients with cerebral palsy and their parents transitioning from pediatric to adult healthcare. To appear in Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine.
  • Vessey, J. A., DiFazio, R. L. (2014). Advanced practice registered nurses in emergency care. To appear in African Journal of Emergency Medicine.

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