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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Faculty and Mentorship

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At Boston College, our faculty members have methodological expertise in qualitative, quantitative, and historical approaches to research. They continue to push the frontiers of knowledge in our discipline while helping our students develop their ability to conduct research that will improve the practice of nursing.

Consistent with the Jesuit values of social justice and the Boston College ethos “ever to excel,” a core component of the Ph.D. program in the William F. Connell School of Nursing is training in rigorous research methods to generate new knowledge, address priority health and health care challenges and ameliorate health disparities within the U.S. and globally.

The distinguished faculty members have long records of externally funded research grants from NIH, other federal and state agencies and national nursing organizations.  Faculty members serve as grant reviewers for NIH and other national funding agencies; two are editors of leading nursing journals, 11 are fellows in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), and many serve on editorial boards or review boards for top-tier interdisciplinary and nursing journals.

Seven Major Areas of Scientific Inquiry:

  • Eating Disorders 
  • Family Health / Reproductive & Sexual Health / Parent-Child Interactions
  • Health Disparities / Health Behavior Change / Health Promotion and Illness Prevention
  • Intimate Partner Violence / Trauma / Bullying
  • Nursing Workforce / Clinical Decision-Making / Nursing Education
  • Symptom Management / Self-Care / Sleep
  • Aging / Dementia / Delirium / Function / Complex Care Issues in Older Adults / Family Caregiving / Elder-friendly Care Models

Two Additional Areas of Scholarly Inquiry:

  • Ethics
  • Theory Development  (e.g.,  Roy Adaptation Model)

Through an ongoing relationship with faculty advisors, students are mentored in the development of research skills and the preparation of their dissertation research. A faculty cadre with both clinical and research expertise serve as invaluable resources to doctoral students in fostering their academic and professional development.