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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Melissa Sutherland, Ph.D., FNP-BC

assistant professor

Melissa Sutherland, Ph.D., FNP-BC

Office
Cushing Hall 421
617-552-8814
melissa.sutherland@bc.edu

EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

  • Ph.D. - University of Virginia
  • B.S.N., M.S.N. - State University of New York, Binghamton
  • B.S. - Cornell University

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Intimate partner violence, STDs/HIV, health consequences of violence

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Sutherland is an assistant professor at the Connell School of Nursing. Before joining the faculty she was practicing as a nurse practitioner at a sexually transmitted disease clinic in upstate New York. She completed her dissertation in May 2008 at the University of Virginia. Her dissertation was titled "Dissociation, violence and risk reducing behaviors in women" and examined lifetime violence, dissociative experiences and safer sex practices in a sample of women. She has worked as a maternal/child nurse, community health, and public health. Dr. Sutherland's research focuses on health promotion, specifically sexual health, among women experiencing violence.

SELECTED APPOINTMENTS & AWARDS       

  • 2013 - Women's Health Research Award, National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health
  • 2013 - Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow, National Academies of Practice
  • 2013 - National Academies of Practice. Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow
  • 2011 - present, Nursing Network Violence Against Women International
    Advisory Board Member (Treasurer)

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SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Fontenot, H. B., Fantasia, H. C., Charyk, A., Sutherland, M. A. (2014). HPV risk factors, vaccination patterns, and vaccine perceptions among a sample of male college students. Journal of American College Health. www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07448481.2013.872649
  • Sutherland, M.A., Fantasia, H.C., & Adkison, L. (2014). Sexual health and dissociative experiences among abused women. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 35, 41-49.
  • Fontenot, H. B., Fantasia, h. C., Lee-St. Jhn, T., Sutherland, M. A. (2014). The effects of intimate partner violence duration on individual and partner-related sexual risk factors among women. To appear in Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health.
  • Sutherland, M. A., Fontenot, H. B., Fantasia, H. C. (2014). Beyond assessment: examining providers' responses to disclosures of violence. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
  • Prowse, K., Logue, C. & Sutherland, M.A., & Fantasia, H.C. (2013). Intimate partner violence and the CDC’s HIV risk reduction interventions. Public Health Nursing, Early View Online.

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