Patrice Nicholas, DNSc, RN, ANP, FAAN
Patrice K. Nicholas completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Fitchburg State College, a Master of Science in Nursing at Boston University and Doctorate of Nursing Science degree at Boston University. Dr. Nicholas also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University School of Public Health focusing her research on HIV/AIDS and quality of life in chronic illness. During her fellowship, she completed a Master of Public Health degree in International Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Nicholas is professor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions at Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing and is director of Global Health and Academic Partnerships at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the Division of Global Health Equity and in the Center for Nursing Excellence. In May 2010, she received a Doctor of Humane Letters degree Honoris Causa.
She completed a Certificate of Advanced Study in Primary Care in the Adult Nurse Practitioner Program at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Her professional certifications include ANCC Clinical Nurse Specialist in Medical Surgical Nursing and American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as an Adult Nurse Practitioner.
Dr. Nicholas’ professional experiences include serving as director of Global Health and Academic Partnerships at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Professor at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Institute of Health Professions, Fulbright Senior Scholar of University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, Advanced Practice Nurse, and as Region 15 Coordinator for Sigma Theta Tau International, with responsibilities for chapters in Africa, western Europe, eastern Canada, and the northeastern U.S. She is an Associate Clinical Scientist at the Cantor Center of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Nicholas has served as visiting professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, St. Luke’s Hospital in Tokyo, and Catholic University in Belgium. She has also served as an external reviewer for the University of Swaziland.
She holds membership and executive positions in numerous professional organizations including Sigma Theta Tau International (Board of Directors), National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, American Public Health Association, Eastern Nursing Research Society, the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, Fulbright Association, and Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses/American Nurses Association. Dr. Nicholas has also served on three Fulbright Senior Review panels for the U.S. Department of State and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars in Washington, D.C., and in Durban, South Africa. Dr. Nicholas is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She has conducted numerous research studies related to quality of life in HIV/AIDS and neuropathy-related symptoms in HIV.
Dr. Nicholas has also authored more than 80 peer-reviewed research and clinical manuscripts, texts, chapters and monographs related to nursing, health care and global health. She serves on the editorial review board and as a peer reviewer for thirteen journals including the Journal of Nursing Scholarship, Nursing Research, Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, Nursing and Health Care: Perspectives on Community, Applied Nursing Research, AIDS Care, American Journal of Nursing, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Western Journal of Nursing Research, International Journal of Nursing Studies, SAHARA: Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS, Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, and Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.
Dr. Nicholas has served as a member and a chapter leader in Epsilon Beta chapter (Active Member and Nurse Researcher Award), Theta-at-Large Chapter (President, Vice President, Secretary), and Upsilon Lambda (Charter Member, President, Vice President).