Five students were honored at the Eastern Nursing Research Society conference last spring:

  • Karen Aldana ’23 presented her paper “The Role of Race on Prenatal Care Experiences” with Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs Colleen Simonelli, with additional mentorship from Assistant Professor of the Practice Melissa Pérez Capotosto.
  • Monika DeTurk, D.N.P. ’22, Joelle Mamon, D.N.P. ’23, and Ellen Tracy, D.N.P. ’22, won first place in the D.N.P. Poster category for “Eliminating Race-Based Medicine in Primary Care.” They were mentored by Associate Professor Corrine Jurgens.
  • Ph.D. candidate Amy Goh received an ENRS Student Conference Scholarship.
Corinne Jurgens and Christopher Lee

Associate Professor Corrine Jurgens and Christopher Lee, CSON’s Barry Family/Goldman Sachs Chair and associate dean for research, led a committee of experts in writing a scientific statement for the American Heart Association (AHA) titled State of the Science: The Relevance of Symptoms in Cardiovascular Disease and Research. Published in AHA’s journal Circulation in August, the research was covered by NBC’s Today Show, The Sun, and other media outlets.

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Cherlie Magny-Normilus

Assistant Professor Cherlie Magny-Normilus’s project to develop a culturally tailored diabetes self-management intervention in adult Haitians entered the second phase of its five-year K99/R00 grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research.

CSON was awarded a $1M grant from the American Nurses Foundation to fund a pilot project led by Assistant Professor Monica O’Reilly-Jacob that aims to reduce the barriers to financial reimbursement for nurse practitioner-led practices.

Read more about this grant

CSON faculty and their teams were prolific in their scholarly output, including:

  • The role of nurse practitioners during COVID-19—and beyond, by Assistant Professor Monica O’Reilly-Jacob and Department Chair and Associate Professor Jane Flanagan
  • The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on labor and delivery nursing care, by Associate Professor Joyce K. Edmonds
  • Assessing the intersection of TB and HIV treatment, by Assistant Professor Brittney van de Water
  • Staying healthy through menopause, by Lecturer Alison Marshall
  • Exploring the role of school nurses in HPV vaccination, by Associate Professor of the Practice Laura Santangelo White
  • Measuring the fallout of food allergies, by Associate Professor Jinhee Park

More on faculty publications and presentations


The National League for Nursing (NLN) named CSON a 2022 NLN Center of Excellence for its success in faculty development, nursing education research, student learning and professional development, and academic progression in nursing.

Learn more about this designation

Cristo Rey Boston High School awarded Connell School a Service and Dedication Award for its work on the school’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic.

CSON signed a memorandum of understanding with Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan College of Nursing in the Philippines to support academic and research collaboration between the two Jesuit nursing schools.

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Professor Ann Burgess and Steven Constantine, associate director of marketing and communications, who co-authored the book A Killer by Design, were interviewed about the case of convicted serial killer Henry Wallace on ABC News’s 20/20.

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Donna Cullinan was promoted to associate professor of the practice, Cherlie Magny-Normilus was promoted to assistant professor, and Victor Petreca was promoted to assistant professor.

Dean Katherine Gregory spoke with Boston 25 News about the current nursing shortage and various barriers to addressing it.

View the news segment

Tam Nguyen in blue top

Associate Professor Tam H. Nguyen received a Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators from the University of California-Davis nursing school for her leadership in nursing research, practice, education, policy, and entrepreneurship.

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Associate Dean for Research Christopher S. Lee was named the Barry Family/Goldman Sachs Endowed Chair in Nursing, which was established by a gift from Boston College Trustee Associate Steven M. Barry ’85 and Tammy J. Barry ’85, M.Ed. ’87.

Read more about this gift


Jennie Chin Hansen

The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) honored Jennie Chin Hansen ’70, H’08, with its Health Care Leader Award for her influential leadership to improve the health of the nation. Hansen, the immediate past CEO of the American Geriatrics Society and former President of AARP, was one of six trailblazers recognized at the AAN’s Health Policy Conference in October.

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Sara Dolan Looby

Sara Dolan Looby, Ph.D. ’08, received an A. Clifford Barger Mentoring Award from the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Office for Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Partnership. Looby is an HMS assistant professor of medicine and a clinical investigator in Mass. General’s Metabolism Unit and its Munn Center for Nursing Research.

Anne P. Manton, M.S. ’81, was inducted into the American Nurses Association Hall of Fame in recognition of her 60-year career as a practicing nurse, educator, leader, editor, and mentor.

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Students and Candidates

Amy Delaney in patterned top

Ph.D. candidate Amy Delaney was named Distinguished NP of the Year by the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners for her policy, practice, and research.

Erin George and Amy Goh

Ph.D. candidates Erin George and Amy Goh earned Nurses Educational Funds Scholarships. George also received the 2022 March of Dimes Margaret Comerford Freda “Saving Babies, Together®” Award from the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses for her study “Decision-Making and Care Experiences at Birth Centers in the United States.”

Read more about the NEF scholarships

Soo Ae Ono in fatigues

Soo Ae Ono ’22 was featured in BC News for her journey as an Air Force ROTC cadet, which led to her role as an Air Force nurse.

Read more about her journey

Six CSON community members received KILN (Keys to Inclusive Leadership in Nursing) Awards this spring

  • Catherine Yetter Read Award: Kimberlyn Jones ’22
  • Faculty Mentor Award: Melissa Pérez Capotosto, assistant professor of the practice
  • Inclusivity Award: Jamarii Johnson ’22
  • Key Award: Sun Kim ’22
  • Leadership Award: Brianna Cheatham ’22
  • Rising Star Award: Lesley Carranza Bonilla ’24

2022 KILN program graduates

Back row: Michelle Antonio, Anna Chen, Shaniel Nelson, Sun Kim, Arely Liberti, Julie Moran, Jamarii Johnson. Front row: Kimberlyn Jones, Brianna Cheatham, Alejandra Leon, Erin Nuestro. Not pictured: Christina Park and David Zulewski​


CSON resumed its Grand Rounds lecture series this fall with two visiting speakers:

  • Susanne Grylka-Baeschlin, from the Institute of Midwifery at Zurich University of Applied Sciences, spoke on “Advising Primiparous Women During Early Labor.”
  • Shawn M. Kneipp, from UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Nursing, spoke on “Intervention Designs to Modify Social Determinants of Health.”

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In November, Angelleen Peters-Lewis, Ph.D. ’06, COO and chief nurse executive at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, presented CSON’s Pinnacle Lecture, “Seizing the Momentum: Elevating Nursing Post-Pandemic.”

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Angelleen Peters-Lewis

In memory

Jean O’Neil, associate professor emerita and former acting dean of the School of Nursing, died on September 2 at the age of 88. She graduated cum laude from BC’s baccalaureate nursing program in 1955 and earned a master’s degree in 1963.

Read O’Neil’s obituary

Claudia Sheila Daileader ’66, a lifelong nurse and a benefactor of Boston College, passed away on July 15 in Williamsburg, VA, at the age of 77.

Read Daileader’s obituary