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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Melissa Sutherland, PhD, FNP-BC

assistant professor

Melissa Sutherland, Ph.D., FNP-BC

Cushing Hall 421


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


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


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.


  • 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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  • Fantasia, H. C., Sutherland, M.A., Fontenot, H. F. & Ierardi, J. A. (in press). Knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about contraceptive and sexual consent negotiation among college women. Journal of Forensic Nursing.
  • Sutherland, J. L., Amar, A. F., & Sutherland, M. A. (2014). Victimization and perpetration of sexual violence in college age men and women. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 10(3), 153-159. doi:10.1097/JFN.0000000000000033
  • Fontenot, H. B., Fantasia, H. C., Charyk, A., & Sutherland, M. A. (2014). Human papillomavirus (HPV) risk factors, vaccination patterns, and vaccine perceptions among a sample of male college students. Journal of American College Health, 62(3) 186-192. doi: 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(1), 41-49. doi: 10.3109/01612840.2013.836727
  • Fontenot, H. B., Fantasia, H. C., Lee-St. John, T., & Sutherland, M. A. (2014). The effects of intimate partner violence duration on individual and partner-related sexual risk factors among women. Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, 59(1), 67-73. doi: 10.1111/jmwh.12145

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