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Melissa Pérez Capotosto

Assistant Professor of the Practice


Melissa Pérez Capotosto, Ph.D., WHNP-BC, is an assistant professor of the practice at the Connell School of Nursing. She earned a master's degree and a doctoral degree from Boston College. Pérez Capotosto works as a women's health nurse practitioner in the obstetrics and gynecology departments at Daniel Driscoll-Neponset Health Center and Tufts Medical Center. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, she worked as a labor and delivery nurse at Boston Medical Center and at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. 

Pérez Capotosto’s program of research is the examination of fertility-awareness based method (FABMs) use among women seeking pregnancy.


  • 2022 Doctoral Dissertation Award, Connell School of Nursing
  • 2022 Undergraduate Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching, Connell School of Nursing
  • 2022 Mentorship Award from Keys to Inclusive Leadership in Nursing Program, Connell School of Nursing
  • 2021 Spirit of Sigma Award, Alpha Chi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau
  • 2021 Excellence in Teaching & Clinical Practice, Connell School of Nursing
  • 2020 Eastern Nursing Research Society Poster Award

Selected Publications

  • Pérez Capotosto, M., Lee, C. S., Jurgens, C. Y., Wang, S., Mitsunami, M., Charlton, B. M., & Chavarro, J. E. (2022). Predictors of Fertility-Awareness-Based Method Use among Women Trying to Conceive and Women Contemplating Pregnancy, Nursing Research, 72(5) 355-362. DOI: 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000666
  • Perez Capotosto, M. (2021). An Integrative Review of Fertility Knowledge and Fertility-Awareness Practices among Women Trying to Conceive. Nursing for Women’s Health, 25 (3) 198-206.
  • Perez Capotosto, M. & Jurgens, C. (2020). Abstract: Fertile ground: Exploring Fertility Awareness Practices among Women Seeking Pregnancy. Nursing Research, 69 (3) E186.
  • Perez Capotosto, M. & Jurgens, C. (2020). Exploring Fertility Awareness Practices among Women Seeking Conception. Nursing for Women’s Health, 24 (6) 413-420.

Clinical Practice

  • Daniel Driscoll- Neponset Health Center
  • Tufts Medical Center