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Brittney van de Water

Assistant Professor


Brittney van de Water, Ph.D., RN, CPNP, is an assistant professor at the Connell School of Nursing.  Dr. van de Water is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner and global health delivery researcher. Most recently she was faculty at Harvard Medical School, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine after completing a post-doctoral fellowship in the same department. She received her Ph.D. and doctoral certificate in global health from Duke University and a BS and MS in nursing from Boston College. Her current research focuses on improving tuberculosis program quality and implementation in low resource settings. The goals of her program of research are to use implementation science frameworks to deliver high quality healthcare to high-risk populations (i.e. children, people living with HIV, and household contacts of patients with TB).

Dr. van de Water has spent half of the past five years living and working in rural Eastern Cape, South Africa where the majority of her research is based. She is also the associate director for pediatric nursing at Seed Global Health, where she supports nurse educators and partnerships with universities in Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, and Sierra Leone. She continues to practice as a PNP at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, in Charlestown, MA.

Her research has been supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Future of Nursing Scholars program (2014-2020), the Nurses Education Fund (2015), Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Society of Nursing (2016, 2020), and the National Institute of Nursing Research where she currently holds a K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (2020-2023).

Clinical Practice

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Charlestown, MA

Select Grants

2021-2022 Global Nurse Leadership Institute scholar, International Council of Nursing

2016 - Current, Associate Director, Pediatric Nursing, Seed Global Health

K23 Mentored Patient Oriented Research Career Development Award, van de Water (PI) (Mentor: Mercedes Becerra) NIH/NINR. Household contact tuberculosis preventive therapy program in rural Eastern Cape, South Africa 

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society Of Nursing Global Health Research Grant van de Water (PI)