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Donna J Perry PhD, RN

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
DepartmentGraduate School of Nursing
AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Ave North
Worcester MA 01605
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    InstitutionUMMS - Graduate School of Nursing
    DepartmentGraduate School of Nursing

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    Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH, United StatesBSNNursing
    University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, United StatesMSNNursing
    Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, United StatesPHDNursing

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    My research is conducted within the context of a theory I developed on the evolution of human and ecological dignity called transcendent pluralism. The theory has been used to study intergroup relations within a variety of contexts of peaceful social transformation.  I am now expanding the theory's concept of ecological pluralism and have returned to a lifelong love of animals to focus on human-animal interaction and health.  I am a licensed wildlife rehabilitator and am interested in the transformative capacity of human-animal relations, particularly between humans and wildlife.  I recently conducted a study examining human-animal relations in the context of wildlife rehabilitation in New England. Currently I am working on a new study examing the influence of animal-assisted interventions with wildlife for veterans with PTSD.

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    Lonergan Fellowship (philosophy); Lonergan Institute, Boston College; Chestnut Hill, MA, USA                                                                                


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    R21HD097771     (PERRY, DONNA JOAN)Jan 22, 2019 - Dec 31, 2020
    Wildlife and Wellbeing: An Animal-Assisted Intervention for Veterans with PTSD
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Perry, D.J. Averka, J.P. Caring for the Circle of Life: Wildlife Rehabilitation and Sanctuary Care. Human-Wildlife Interactions. 2020; 2(14):309-324.
    2. Dunn M, Drew C, O'Brien J, Wood M, Mora E, Diener S, Perry DJ. A Community-Academic Partnership for School-Based Nonviolence Education: The Healthy Power Program. J Sch Health. 2019 Nov 24. PMID: 31762056.
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    3. Tehan TM, Cornine AE, Amoah RK, Aung TZ, Willis DG, Grace PJ, Roy C, Averka KA, Perry DJ. Realizing the Focus of the Discipline: Facilitating Humanization in PhD Education: A Student Exemplar Integrating Nature and Health. ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 2019 Jan/Mar; 42(1):69-80. PMID: 30720515.
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    4. Griswold MK, Crawford SL, Perry DJ, Person SD, Rosenberg L, Cozier YC, Palmer JR. Experiences of Racism and Breastfeeding Initiation and Duration Among First-Time Mothers of the Black Women's Health Study. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2018 Feb 12. PMID: 29435898.
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    5. O'Hara S, Klar RT, Patterson ES, Morris NS, Ascenzi J, Fackler JC, Perry DJ. Macrocognition in the Healthcare Built Environment (mHCBE): A Focused Ethnographic Study of "Neighborhoods" in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. HERD. 2018 Apr; 11(2):104-123. PMID: 29243506.
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    6. 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.
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    7. Larkin ME, Beardslee B, Cagliero E, Griffith CA, Milaszewski K, Mugford MT, Myerson JM, Ni W, Perry DJ, Winkler S, Witte ER. Ethical challenges experienced by clinical research nurses:: A qualitative study. Nurs Ethics. 2017 Jan 01; 969733017693441. PMID: 29281934.
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    8. Perry DJ, Willis DG, Peterson KS, Grace PJ. Exercising Nursing Essential and Effective Freedom in Behalf of Social Justice: A Humanizing Model. ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 2016 Sep 07. PMID: 27608147.
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    9. Kane AT, Perry DJ. What we're trying to solve: the back and forth of engaged interdisciplinary inquiry. Nurs Inq. 2016 Dec; 23(4):327-337. PMID: 27550841.
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    10. Perry, Donna J. . The patterned and emergent boundaries of wilderness beings: Ponderings on the creature at the edge of the woods. Humanimalia. 2016; 1(8):93-110.
    11. Perry DJ. Transcendent Pluralism: A Middle-Range Theory of Nonviolent Social Transformation Through Human and Ecological Dignity. ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 2015 Oct-Dec; 38(4):317-29. PMID: 26418223.
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    12. Perry D, Fernandez CG, Puyana DF. The Right to Life in Peace: An Essential Condition for Realizing the Right to Health. Health Hum Rights. 2015 Jun 11; 17(1):E148-58. PMID: 26204579.
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    13. Perry DJ. Peace through a healing transformation of human dignity: possibilities and dilemmas in global health and peace. ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 2013 Jul-Sep; 36(3):171-85. PMID: 23907300.
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    14. Grace PJ, Perry DJ. Philosophical inquiry and the goals of nursing: a critical approach for disciplinary knowledge development and action. ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 2013 Apr-Jun; 36(2):64-79. PMID: 23644260.
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    15. Perry DJ. Effective purpose in transnational humanitarian healthcare providers. Am J Disaster Med. 2013; 8(3):157-68. PMID: 24352991.
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    16. Perry, DJ. The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Movement: Combatants for Peace. 2011.
    17. Perry D. Transcendent pluralism and the influence of nursing testimony on environmental justice legislation. Policy Polit Nurs Pract. 2005 Feb; 6(1):60-71. PMID: 16443961.
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