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Susan Lynn Sullivan-Bolyai DNSc, MN, RN, CNS, FAAN

TitleProfessor Emeritus
Endowed TitleMarcellette G. Williams Scholar
InstitutionUMass Chan Medical School
DepartmentTan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing
AddressUMass Chan Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester MA 01655
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    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine
    DepartmentPediatrics

    InstitutionTan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing
    DepartmentTan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing


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    Metropolitan State College of Denver, Denver, CO, United StatesBSNNursing
    Emory University, Atlanta, GA, United StatesMSNChild Health
    Yale University, New Haven, CT, United StatesDNSCNursing Science & Research
    Yale University, New HavenPost-Doctoral Fellowship7/2002Family focused interventions

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    For decades Dr. Sullivan-Bolyai has worked clinically with children who have special health care needs and their families on day-to-day management and continuity of care (masters/CNS from Emory University). Since 1995 she has focused her research on preparation, education and support for families to help manage childrens’ care in the home and community settings. She received her DNSc and completed a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship (with Dr. Margaret Grey) at Yale University School of Nursing. Her main areas of expertise are family-focused interventions that address parent and child social support and education for Type 1 Diabetes day-to-day management, including the innovation of using a child-size human patient simulator for parent and child education. She also uses qualitative description to inform her interventions. She was a faculty member for 11 years at UMW; followed by 2 years as Director of PhD Program at NYU Meyers CN; Dr. Sulivan-Bolyai has returned to UMMS as the Associate Dean of Research and Innovation and looks forward to working with her intra and interprofessional colleagues and PhD students towards improving the day-to-day management of families with children diagnosed with T1D.

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    1. Amoah RK, Sullivan-Bolyai S, Pagano-Therrien J. Ubiety in nursing practice: Making each patient the star of the minute. Nurs Forum. 2022 Oct 29. PMID: 36308314.
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    2. Cornine AE, Crawford SL, Sullivan-Bolyai S. Facilitators and Inhibitors of LPN-to-RN Student Transition: A Cross-Sectional National Survey. Nurs Educ Perspect. 2023 Jan-Feb 01; 44(1):18-23. PMID: 36580617.
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    3. Sullivan-Bolyai S, Ratta CD, Flanagan J, Pudasainee-Kapri S, Sefcik JS. Salami slicing and other fatal flaws to avoid in publishing qualitative findings. J Pediatr Nurs. 2022 Sep-Oct; 66:A9-A10. PMID: 36031341.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    4. Sullivan-Bolyai S, L'Esperance S. Reflections on virtual research conferences and PhD student socialization: The missing link of in-person human connectedness. Appl Nurs Res. 2022 04; 64:151553. PMID: 35307125.
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    5. Sadlon P, Charron-Prochownik D, Sullivan-Bolyai S. "Together We Can Return to Balance"-Eastern Woodlands Native Perspectives and Type 2 Diabetes: A Qualitative Study. Diabetes Educ. 2020 12; 46(6):597-606. PMID: 33126843.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    6. 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: 5     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.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Sullivan-Bolyai S, Pellegrini L, Boucher J, Gravlin G, O'Neil W, Coco A, Vitello J. Using a Nursing Salon to Identify and Develop an Initiative for Family Caregivers of Older Adults. J Nurs Adm. 2020 Jan; 50(1):40-44. PMID: 31809455.
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    9. Ramchandani N, Way N, Melkus GD, Sullivan-Bolyai S. Challenges to Diabetes Self-Management in Emerging Adults With Type 1 Diabetes. Diabetes Educ. 2019 10; 45(5):484-497. PMID: 31304878.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. Trudeau B, Trudeau C, Polfuss ML, Sullivan-Bolyai S. A Developmental Milestones Map of Type 1 Diabetes Self-Management Transition From Parents to Adolescents. Diabetes Spectr. 2019 Feb; 32(1):21-29. PMID: 30853761.
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    11. Cody SE, Sullivan-Bolyai S, Reid-Ponte P. Making a Connection: Family Experiences With Bedside Rounds in the Intensive Care Unit. Crit Care Nurse. 2018 Jun; 38(3):18-26. PMID: 29858192.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. Rosenberg RE, Williams E, Ramchandani N, Rosenfeld P, Silber B, Schlucter J, Geraghty G, Sullivan-Bolyai S. Provider Perspectives on Partnering With Parents of Hospitalized Children to Improve Safety. Hosp Pediatr. 2018 06; 8(6):330-337. PMID: 29716958.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    13. Moreau P, Sullivan-Bolyai S, Ndiwane AN, Jaffarian CA. Development and Psychometric Testing of a Measure to Evaluate Faculty Engagement With Underrepresented Minority Nursing Students. J Nurs Meas. 2017 Aug 01; 25(2):108-129. PMID: 28789743.
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    14. Rearson M, Sullivan-Bolyai S. Management of Type 1 Diabetes in Children in the First 5 Years of Life. Pediatr Endocrinol Rev. 2017 Jun; 14(Suppl 2):412-421. PMID: 28647944.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    15. Sullivan-Bolyai S. Facilitating Family-Rich Outcomes for Families With Children Who Have Special Health Care Needs. J Fam Nurs. 2017 05; 23(2):167-174. PMID: 28795895.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    16. Raymond KY, Willis DG, Sullivan-Bolyai S. Parents Caring For Adult Children With Serious Mental Illness. J Am Psychiatr Nurses Assoc. 2017 Mar/Apr; 23(2):119-132. PMID: 28060601.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    17. 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: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    18. Ramchandani N, Johnson K, Cullen K, Hamm T, Bisordi J, Sullivan-Bolyai S. CDE Perspectives of Providing New-Onset Type 1 Diabetes Education Using Formal Vignettes and Simulation. Diabetes Educ. 2017 02; 43(1):97-104. PMID: 28118129.
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    19. Sullivan-Bolyai S, Crawford S, Johnson K, Ramchandani N, Quinn D, D'Alesandro B, Stern K, Lipman T, Melkus G, Streisand R. PREP-T1 (Preteen Re-Education With Parents-Type 1 Diabetes) Feasibility Intervention Results. J Fam Nurs. 2016 11; 22(4):579-605. PMID: 27903941.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    20. Rosenberg RE, Rosenfeld P, Williams E, Silber B, Schlucter J, Deng S, Geraghty G, Sullivan-Bolyai S. Parents' Perspectives on "Keeping Their Children Safe" in the Hospital. J Nurs Care Qual. 2016 Oct-Dec; 31(4):318-26. PMID: 27219828.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    21. Pagano-Therrien J, Sullivan-Bolyai S. Research Participation Decision-Making Among Youth and Parents of Youth With Chronic Health Conditions. J Pediatr Health Care. 2017 Mar - Apr; 31(2):167-177. PMID: 27553117.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    22. Willis DG, Sullivan-Bolyai S, Knafl K, Cohen MZ. Distinguishing Features and Similarities Between Descriptive Phenomenological and Qualitative Description Research. West J Nurs Res. 2016 09; 38(9):1185-204. PMID: 27106878.
      Citations: 69     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    23. Channon S, Lowes L, Gregory JW, Grey L, Sullivan-Bolyai S. Feasibility of Parent-to-Parent Support in Recently Diagnosed Childhood Diabetes: The PLUS Study. Diabetes Educ. 2016 08; 42(4):462-9. PMID: 27099255.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    24. Ramchandani N, Maguire LL, Stern K, Quintos JB, Lee M, Sullivan-Bolyai S. PETS-D (parents education through simulation-diabetes): Parents' qualitative results. Patient Educ Couns. 2016 08; 99(8):1362-7. PMID: 27021779.
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    25. Maguire LL, Crawford S, Sullivan-Bolyai S. Grandparent Education Through Simulation-Diabetes. Diabetes Educ. 2015 12; 41(6):678-89. PMID: 26424677.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    26. 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
    27. Hughes P, Johnson K, Ramchandani N, Quinn D, D'Alesandro B, Streisand R, Sullivan-Bolyai S. Preteen-parent experiences with PREP-T1 feasibility intervention. Diabetes Educ. 2015 08; 41(4):452-8. PMID: 26009556.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    28. Moreau P, Crawford S, Sullivan-Bolyai S. Methodological challenges collecting parent phone-call healthcare utilization data. Appl Nurs Res. 2016 Feb; 29:64-9. PMID: 26856491.
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    29. Sullivan-Bolyai S, Johnson K, Cullen K, Hamm T, Bisordi J, Blaney K, Maguire L, Melkus G. Tried and true: self-regulation theory as a guiding framework for teaching parents diabetes education using human patient simulation. ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 2014 Oct-Dec; 37(4):340-9. PMID: 25365286.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    30. 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: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    31. 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: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    32. Sullivan-Bolyai SL, Feetham S. History lesson: how a little girl and her family moved mountains to change care and policy to help children with special health care needs go home. J Fam Nurs. 2013 May; 19(2):278-80. PMID: 23625620.
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    33. 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: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    34. Sullivan-Bolyai S, Crawford S, Johnson K, Huston B, Lee MM. Educating diabetes camp counselors with a human patient simulator: a pilot study. J Spec Pediatr Nurs. 2012 Apr; 17(2):121-8. PMID: 22463472.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    35. 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
    36. Sullivan-Bolyai, S. Crawford, S. Lee, M. .Accepted. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing. Educating diabetes camp counselors with a human patient simulator. 2012; (in press).
    37. Bova, C. Drexler, D. Sullivan-Bolyai, S. Chest. Reframing the influence of the HIPAA on research. 2012; 141:782-786.
    38. 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: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    39. 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: 23     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    40. Keough L, Sullivan-Bolyai S, Crawford S, Schilling L, Dixon J. Self-management of Type 1 Diabetes Across Adolescence. Diabetes Educ. 2011 Jul-Aug; 37(4):486-500. PMID: 21602489.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    41. Sullivan-Bolyai S, Lee MM. Parent mentor perspectives on providing social support to empower parents. Diabetes Educ. 2011 Jan-Feb; 37(1):35-43. PMID: 21292621.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    42. Deshefy-Longhi, T. Sullivan-Bolyai, S. Dixon, J.K. Southern Online Journal of Nursing Research. Data collection order: A primer. 2010; 9(3).
    43. 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: 34     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    44. 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
    45. Sullivan-Bolyai S. Familias Apoyadas: Latino families supporting each other for diabetes care. J Pediatr Nurs. 2009 Dec; 24(6):495-505. PMID: 19931147.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    46. 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: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    47. 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: 28     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    48. Sullivan-Bolyai S, Rosenberg R, Bayard M. Fathers' reflections on parenting young children with type 1 diabetes. MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs. 2006 Jan-Feb; 31(1):24-31. PMID: 16371822.
      Citations: 27     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    49. 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: 156     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    50. Sullivan-Bolyai S, Grey M, Deatrick J, Gruppuso P, Giraitis P, Tamborlane W. Helping other mothers effectively work at raising young children with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Educ. 2004 May-Jun; 30(3):476-84. PMID: 15208845.
      Citations: 27     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
    51. Sullivan-Bolyai S, Knafl K, Tamborlane W, Grey M. Parents' reflections on managing their children's diabetes with insulin pumps. J Nurs Scholarsh. 2004; 36(4):316-23. PMID: 15636411.
      Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    52. Sullivan-Bolyai S, Knafl KA, Sadler L, Gilliss CL. Great expectations: a position description for parents as caregivers: Part II. Pediatr Nurs. 2004 Jan-Feb; 30(1):52-6. PMID: 15022853.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    53. Sullivan-Bolyai S, Sadler L, Knafl KA, Gilliss CL. Great expectations: a position description for parents as caregivers: Part I. Pediatr Nurs. 2003 Nov-Dec; 29(6):457-61. PMID: 14743843.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    54. Sullivan-Bolyai S, Knafl K, Deatrick J, Grey M. Maternal management behaviors for young children with type 1 diabetes. MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs. 2003 May-Jun; 28(3):160-6. PMID: 12771694.
      Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    55. Sullivan-Bolyai S, Deatrick J, Gruppuso P, Tamborlane W, Grey M. Constant vigilance: mothers' work parenting young children with type 1 diabetes. J Pediatr Nurs. 2003 Feb; 18(1):21-9. PMID: 12610784.
      Citations: 68     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    56. Sullivan-Bolyai S, Deatrick J, Gruppuso P, Tamborlane W, Grey M. Mothers' experiences raising young children with type 1 diabetes. J Spec Pediatr Nurs. 2002 Jul-Sep; 7(3):93-103. PMID: 12236249.
      Citations: 30     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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