Melissa Kurtz Uveges

Assistant Professor


Melissa Uveges, Ph.D., M.A.R., RN, is an assistant professor at the Connell School of Nursing. Her research and work focus on improving the care of children with genetic conditions, as well as the health and care experience of their families.

Dr. Uveges has worked as a bioethics consultant at Montefiore Medical Center (Bronx, NY), as well as a registered nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at several academic teaching hospitals, most recently at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore, MD.

Dr. Uveges received postdoctoral research training in genetics and ethics at Harvard Medical School after earning her Ph.D. in nursing at Johns Hopkins University and studying ethics, policy, management, and leadership at Yale University. She has served on hospital ethics committees and working groups at Advent Health Orlando (FL), Yale-New Haven Hospital (CT), Montefiore Medical Center (NY), and Johns Hopkins Hospital (MD). She is a current member of Boston Children’s Hospital, Ethics Advisory Committee.

Dr. Uveges is a member of the International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG), American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH), and International Family Nursing Association IFNA). She has received numerous research and scholarship awards from institutions and other organizations, including Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), Southern and Eastern Nursing Research Societies (SNRS & ENRS), Rockefeller University, and the March of Dimes.

Selected Publications

  • Meyer EC, Carnevale FA, Lillehei C, Uveges MK. Widening the Ethical Lens in Critical Care Settings. AACN Adv Crit Care. 2020 Jun 15; 31(2):210-220. PMID: 32526004.
  • Milliken A, Uveges M. CE: Brain Death: History, Updates, and Implications for Nurses. Am J Nurs. 2020 03; 120(3):32-38.PMID: 32049689.
  • Uveges MK, Milliken A, Alfred A. Role of the Critical Care Nurse in Disclosing Difficult News. AACN Adv Crit Care. 2019 Fall; 30(3):287-293. PMID: 31462527.
  • Uveges MK, Hamilton JB, DePriest K, Boss R, Hinds PS, Nolan MT. The Influence of Parents' Religiosity or Spirituality on Decision Making for Their Critically Ill Child: An Integrative Review. J Palliat Med. 2019 11; 22(11):1455-1467. PMID: 31369318.
  • Nersesian PV, Starbird LE, Wilson DM, Marea CX, Uveges MK, Choi SSW, Szanton SL, Cajita MI. Mentoring in research-focused doctoral nursing programs and student perceptions of career readiness in the United States. J Prof Nurs. 2019 Sep - Oct; 35(5):358-364. PMID: 31519338.
  • Weaver MS, Mooney-Doyle K, Kelly KP, Montgomery K, Newman AR, Fortney CA, Bell CJ, Spruit JL, Kurtz Uveges M, Wiener L, Schmidt CM, Madrigal VN, Hinds PS. The Benefits and Burdens of Pediatric Palliative Care and End-of-Life Research: A Systematic Review. J Palliat Med. 2019 08; 22(8):915-926. PMID: 30835596.
  • Gross D, Belcher HME, Budhathoki C, Ofonedu ME, Dutrow D, Uveges MK, Slade E. Reducing Preschool Behavior Problems in an Urban Mental Health Clinic: A Pragmatic, Non-Inferiority Trial. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2019 06; 58(6):572-581.e1. PMID: 30768419.
  • Broden EG, Uveges MK. Applications of Grief and Bereavement Theory for Critical Care Nurses. AACN Adv Crit Care. 2018 Fall; 29(3):354-359. PMID: 30185503.
  • Uveges MK, Lansey DG, Mbah O, Gray T, Sherden L, Wenzel J. Patient navigation and clinical trial participation: A randomized controlled trial design. Contemp Clin Trials Commun. 2018 Dec; 12:98-102. PMID: 30364638.
  • Davidson P, Rushton CH, Kurtz M, Wise B, Jackson D, Beaman A, Broome M. A social-ecological framework: A model for addressing ethical practice in nursing. J Clin Nurs. 2018 Mar; 27(5-6):e1233-e1241. PMID: 29119653.
  • Gross D, Belcher HME, Budhathoki C, Ofonedu ME, Uveges MK. Does Parent Training Format Affect Treatment Engagement? A Randomized Study of Families at Social Risk? J Child Fam Stud. 2018 May; 27(5):1579-1593. PMID: 29713137.
  • Kim K, Heinze K, Xu J, Kurtz M, Park H, Foradori M, Nolan MT. Theories of Health Care Decision Making at the End of Life: A Meta-Ethnography. West J Nurs Res. 2018 12; 40(12):1861-1884. PMID: 28816094.
  • Hamilton JB, Worthy VC, Kurtz MJ, Cudjoe J, Johnstone PA. Using Religious Songs as an Integrative and Complementary Therapy for the Management of Psychological Symptoms Among African American Cancer Survivors. Cancer Nurs. 2016 Nov/Dec; 39(6):488-494. PMID: 26859281.  
  • Kurtz MJ, Starbird LE. Interprofessional Clinical Ethics Education: The Promise of Cross-Disciplinary Problem-Based Learning. AMA J Ethics. 2016 Sep 01; 18(9):917-24. PMID: 27669137.

  • Rushton CH, Caldwell M, Kurtz M. CE: Moral Distress: A Catalyst in Building Moral Resilience. Am J Nurs. 2016 Jul; 116(7):40-9. PMID: 27294668.
  • Xu J, Kim K, Kurtz M, Nolan MT. Mentored peer reviewing for PhD faculty and students. Nurse Educ Today. 2016 Feb; 37:1-2.PMID: 26746591.
  • Zhang X, Kurtz M, Lee SY, Liu H. Early Intervention for Preterm Infants and Their Mothers: A Systematic Review. J Perinat Neonatal Nurs. 2014 Nov 18. PMID: 25408293.
  • Kurtz M, Black Golde P, Berlinger N. Ethical considerations in CYP2D6 genotype testing for codeine-prescribed breastfeeding mothers. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2010 Dec; 88(6):760-2. PMID: 21081947.
  • Kurtz M. More than a village: meeting the health care needs of multiples. Hastings Cent Rep. 2009 May-Jun; 39(3):25-6. PMID: 19537619.