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Carol A Bova

TitleProfessor Emeritus
InstitutionUMass Chan Medical School
DepartmentGraduate School of Nursing
AddressUMass Chan Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester MA 01655
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    Other Positions
    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine
    DepartmentMedicine
    DivisionInfectious Diseases And Immunology

    InstitutionMorningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
    DepartmentClinical Population Health Research

    InstitutionMorningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
    DepartmentMasters in Clinical Investigation

    InstitutionTan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing
    DepartmentGraduate School of Nursing


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    Salem State College, Salem, MA, United StatesBSNursing
    University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, United StatesMSNursing
    Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, United StatesPHDNursing

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    Areas of Focus: HIV, patient-provider trust, measurement and scale development, research-focused doctoral education, reserach ethics


    Educational Background: Carol received her BS in Nursing from Salem State College in 1979, MS in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1988 and her PhD in Nursing from Boston College in 1998.   She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University, School of Nursing from 1999 through 2001.


    Biosketch: Carol Bova PhD, RN, is a Professor of Nursing and Medicine and holds several leadership positions at the University of Massachusetts Medical School including Chairperson of the IRB and Director of the PhD Program in Nursing.  Her clinical work as a nurse practitioner spanned more than 26 years providing care to adults with HIV infection.  She has conducted foundation, state and federally-funded research on HIV, women and HIV, HIV prevention in African immigrants, Hepatitis C virus infection, substance abuse, mental illness, adherence behavior, and patient-provide trust.  She has a special passion for research ethics, community-engaged research, scale development and mentoring the next generation of nurse scientists. Carol has mentored to completion 38 PhD students (19 as Chairperson and 19 as a committee member).  She has served on 5 Editorial Boards, 8 NIH Study sections and numerous grant review committees as well as being an avid peer-reviewer for more than 15 nursing, medical and health-related journals.



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    1. Mbrah AK, Nunes AP, Hume AL, Zhao D, Jesdale BM, Bova C, Lapane KL. Prevalence and treatment of neuropathic pain diagnoses among U.S. nursing home residents. Pain. 2021 Oct 26. PMID: 34711763.
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    2. Mbrah AK, Bova C, Jesdale BM, Nunes AP, Lapane KL. Pain Behaviors and Pharmacological Pain Management Among Newly Admitted Nursing Home Residents. Nurs Res. 2021 Jul-Aug 01; 70(4):273-280. PMID: 34160183.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    3. Bova CA, Jesdale BM, Mbrah A, Botelho L, Lapane KL. Development and psychometric evaluation of the Social Connectedness Index in nursing home residents with Alzheimer's disease and dementia using the Minimum Data Set 3.0. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2021 07; 36(7):1110-1119. PMID: 33559254.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    4. Morris NS, Wassef ME, Sullivan-Bolyai S, Bova C, Kane AT. Making explicit the development of PhD-prepared nurses to steward the discipline. Nurs Outlook. 2021 Jan-Feb; 69(1):50-56. PMID: 33070981.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    5. Morrison R, Jesdale B, Dube C, Forrester S, Nunes A, Bova C, Lapane KL. Racial/Ethnic Differences in Staff-Assessed Pain Behaviors Among Newly Admitted Nursing Home Residents. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2021 03; 61(3):438-448.e3. PMID: 32882357.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    6. Morrison RA, Jesdale BM, Dubé CE, Nunes AP, Bova CA, Liu SH, Lapane KL. Differences in Staff-Assessed Pain Behaviors among Newly Admitted Nursing Home Residents by Level of Cognitive Impairment. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord. 2020; 49(3):243-251. PMID: 32610321.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    7. Sullivan-Bolyai S, Bova C, Johnson K. Development and Psychometric Testing of the Peer-Mentor Support Scale for Parents of Children With Type 1 Diabetes and for Youths With Type 1 Diabetes. Diabetes Educ. 2020 04; 46(2):191-196. PMID: 32133921.
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    8. Bova C, Perry DJ, Kane AT, Morris NS, Fain J. Expanding horizons: Lonergan's philosophy as a guide to PhD program pedagogy. Nurs Outlook. 2018 Jan - Feb; 66(1):77-83. PMID: 29291946.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    9. French CL, Crawford SL, Bova C, Irwin RS. Change in Psychological, Physiological, and Situational Factors in Adults After Treatment of Chronic Cough. Chest. 2017 09; 152(3):547-562. PMID: 28684289.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. Bova C, Jaffarian C, Crawford S, Quintos JB, Lee M, Sullivan-Bolyai S. Intervention Fidelity: Monitoring Drift, Providing Feedback, and Assessing the Control Condition. Nurs Res. 2017 Jan/Feb; 66(1):54-59. PMID: 27977568.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    11. Wassef W, DeWitt J, McGreevy K, Wilcox M, Whitcomb D, Yadav D, Amann S, Mishra G, Alkaade S, Romagnuolo J, Stevens T, Vargo J, Gardner T, Singh V, Park W, Hartigan C, Barton B, Bova C. Pancreatitis Quality of Life Instrument: A Psychometric Evaluation. Am J Gastroenterol. 2016 08; 111(8):1177-86. PMID: 27296943.
      Citations: 21     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. Bova C, Nnaji C, Woyah A, Duah A. HIV Stigma, Testing Attitudes and Health Care Access Among African-Born Men Living in the United States. J Immigr Minor Health. 2016 Feb; 18(1):187-93. PMID: 25420781.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    13. Sullivan-Bolyai S, Crawford S, Bova C, Lee M, Quintos JB, Johnson K, Cullen K, Hamm T, Bisordi J, Ramchandani N, Fletcher J, Quinn D, Jaffarian C, Lipman T, Melkus G. PETS-D: Impact on Diabetes Management Outcomes. Diabetes Educ. 2015 10; 41(5):537-49. PMID: 26246593.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    14. Tufts KA, Bova C. Living longer with HIV: what does it mean? J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 2015 Mar-Apr; 26(2):97-9. PMID: 25665882.
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    15. Wang EA, Aminawung JA, Ferguson W, Trestman R, Wagner EH, Bova C. A tool for tracking and assessing chronic illness care in prison (ACIC-P). J Correct Health Care. 2014 Oct; 20(4):313-33. PMID: 25117427.
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    16. Woyah A, Nnaji C, Bova C. Planning and implementing a statewide soccer HIV awareness and health promotion intervention for African-born men living in the United States. J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 2014 Nov-Dec; 25(6):675-81. PMID: 24698330.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    17. Sullivan-Bolyai S, Bova C, Lowes L, Channon S. Revisiting a non-significant findings study: a parent mentor intervention trial as exemplar. Appl Nurs Res. 2014 Nov; 27(4):213-8. PMID: 24661347.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    18. Wassef W, Bova C, Barton B, Hartigan C. Pancreatitis Quality of Life Instrument: Development of a new instrument. SAGE Open Med. 2014; 2:2050312114520856. PMID: 26770703.
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    19. Sullivan-Bolyai S, Bova C, Johnson K, Cullen K, Jaffarian C, Quinn D, Aroke EN, Crawford S, Lee MM, Gupta O. Engaging teens and parents in collaborative practice: perspectives on diabetes self-management. Diabetes Educ. 2014 Mar-Apr; 40(2):178-90. PMID: 24470041.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    20. Williams AB, Amico KR, Bova C, Womack JA. A proposal for quality standards for measuring medication adherence in research. AIDS Behav. 2013 Jan; 17(1):284-97. PMID: 22407465.
      Citations: 82     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    21. Bova C, Route PS, Fennie K, Ettinger W, Manchester GW, Weinstein B. Measuring patient-provider trust in a primary care population: refinement of the health care relationship trust scale. Res Nurs Health. 2012 Aug; 35(4):397-408. PMID: 22511461.
      Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    22. Bova C, Drexler D, Sullivan-Bolyai S. Reframing the influence of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act on research. Chest. 2012 Mar; 141(3):782-786. PMID: 22396563.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    23. Sullivan-Bolyai S, Bova C, Lee M, Johnson K. Development and pilot testing of a parent education intervention for type 1 diabetes: parent education through simulation-diabetes. Diabetes Educ. 2012 Jan-Feb; 38(1):50-7. PMID: 22222512.
      Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    24. Sullivan-Bolyai S, Bova C, Lee M, Gruppuso PA. Mentoring fathers of children newly diagnosed with T1DM. MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs. 2011 Jul-Aug; 36(4):224-31. PMID: 21709518.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    25. Rearick EM, Sullivan-Bolyai S, Bova C, Knafl KA. Parents of children newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes: experiences with social support and family management. Diabetes Educ. 2011 Jul-Aug; 37(4):508-18. PMID: 21700814.
      Citations: 20     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    26. Sullivan-Bolyai S, Bova C, Leung K, Trudeau A, Lee M, Gruppuso P. Social Support to Empower Parents (STEP): an intervention for parents of young children newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Educ. 2010 Jan-Feb; 36(1):88-97. PMID: 20016058.
      Citations: 32     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    27. Bova C, Ogawa LF, Sullivan-Bolyai S. Hepatitis C treatment experiences and decision making among patients living with HIV infection. J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 2010 Jan-Feb; 21(1):63-74. PMID: 19853480.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    28. Ogawa LM, Bova C. HCV treatment decision-making substance use experiences and hepatitis C treatment decision-making among HIV/HCV Coinfected Adults. Subst Use Misuse. 2009; 44(7):915-33. PMID: 19440928.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    29. Knafl GJ, Bova CA, Fennie KP, O'Malley JP, Dieckhaus KD, Williams AB. An analysis of electronically monitored adherence to antiretroviral medications. AIDS Behav. 2010 Aug; 14(4):755-68. PMID: 19107587.
      Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    30. Howland L, Sullivan-Bolyai S, Bova C, Klar R, Harper D, Schilling L. The research advisory committee: an effective forum for developing a research dynamic environment. J Prof Nurs. 2008 Jul-Aug; 24(4):241-5. PMID: 18662660.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    31. Bova C, Jaffarian C, Himlan P, Mangini L, Ogawa L. The Symptom Experience of HIV/HCV-Coinfected Adults. J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 2008 May-Jun; 19(3):170-80. PMID: 18457758.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    32. Bova C, Burwick TN, Quinones M. Improving women's adjustment to HIV infection: results of the Positive Life Skills Workshop Project. J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 2008 Jan-Feb; 19(1):58-65. PMID: 18191769.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    33. Sullivan-Bolyai S, Bova C, Deatrick JA, Knafl K, Grey M, Leung K, Trudeau A. Barriers and strategies for recruiting study participants in clinical settings. West J Nurs Res. 2007 Jun; 29(4):486-500. PMID: 17538128.
      Citations: 22     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    34. Fennie KP, Bova CA, Williams AB. Adjusting and censoring electronic monitoring device data. Implications for study outcomes. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2006 Dec 01; 43 Suppl 1:S88-95. PMID: 17133208.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    35. Bova C, Fennie KP, Watrous E, Dieckhaus K, Williams AB. The health care relationship (HCR) trust scale: development and psychometric evaluation. Res Nurs Health. 2006 Oct; 29(5):477-88. PMID: 16977644.
      Citations: 23     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    36. Williams AB, Fennie KP, Bova CA, Burgess JD, Danvers KA, Dieckhaus KD. Home visits to improve adherence to highly active antiretroviral therapy: a randomized controlled trial. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2006 Jul; 42(3):314-21. PMID: 16770291.
      Citations: 38     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    37. Huang J, Bova C, Fennie KP, Rogers A, Williams AB. Knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, and perceptions of risk related to HIV/AIDS among Chinese university students in Hunan, China. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2005 Nov; 19(11):769-77. PMID: 16283837.
      Citations: 24     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    38. Sullivan-Bolyai S, Bova C, Harper D. Developing and refining interventions in persons with health disparities: the use of qualitative description. Nurs Outlook. 2005 May-Jun; 53(3):127-33. PMID: 15988449.
      Citations: 105     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    39. Bova CA, Fennie KP, Knafl GJ, Dieckhaus KD, Watrous E, Williams AB. Use of electronic monitoring devices to measure antiretroviral adherence: practical considerations. AIDS Behav. 2005 Mar; 9(1):103-10. PMID: 15812617.
      Citations: 58     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    40. Knafl GJ, Fennie KP, Bova C, Dieckhaus K, Williams AB. Electronic monitoring device event modelling on an individual-subject basis using adaptive Poisson regression. Stat Med. 2004 Mar 15; 23(5):783-801. PMID: 14981675.
      Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    41. Bova C, Durante A. Sexual functioning among HIV-infected women. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2003 Feb; 17(2):75-83. PMID: 12639290.
      Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    42. Bova C. Adjustment to chronic illness among HIV-infected women. J Nurs Scholarsh. 2001; 33(3):217-23. PMID: 11552547.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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