Faculty Members

The Graduate School of Nursing (GSN) educational program is delivered by a distinguished faculty whose educational approach promotes lifelong learning through partnerships and interprofessional collaboration in an academic health center environment.  The faculty are dedicated to identifying and capitalizing on opportunities to promote national distinction and innovation in professional and advanced nursing education, research and clinical service.

Many faculty have attained national or international recognition in their disciplines, as demonstrated by the prominence of faculty on national committees, boards and review panels, by their service as editors and reviewers for scientific journals, and by their numerous publications in scientific and educational journals.

The faculty are appointed within the GSN and contribute to the master’s, post-master’s and doctoral programs.  Several faculty also hold secondary appointments in one or more departments or programs within the School of Medicine and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences related to their specific area of expertise.

  • Jean  Boucher

    Jean Boucher, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, AOCNP

    Academic Role: Associate Professor - Director DNP Program

    Dr. Jean Boucher is a faculty member in the Doctoral PhD and DNP programs. She holds appointment as an associate professor and has been a practicing oncology nurse practitioner for several years.  

    Phone: 508-856-5755               E-Mail               Faculty Profile

  • Carol Bova

    Carol Bova , PhD, RN, ANP

    Academic Role: Professor, Director PhD Program

     Dr. Carol Bova is a Professor of Nursing and Medicine, Chairperson of the UMMS IRB and Director of the PhD Program in Nursing.  Her clinical and research work has focused on HIV and HIV prevention. 


    Phone: 508-856-1849               E-Mail               Faculty Profile

  • Deborah R. Brookings

    Deborah R. Brookings, MS, RN

    Academic Role: Instructor

    Deb Brookings is an instructor in the accelerated Graduate Entry Pathway (GEP) program
                                                  Email                      Faculty profile

  • Dawn Carpenter

    Dawn Carpenter, DNP, ACNP-BC

    Academic Role: Assistant Professor - Acute Care NP Coordinator

    Dr. Dawn Carpenter is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Worcester, teaching in the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track and practices as an adult acute care NP in the ICU setting.

    Phone: 508-856-3599               E-Mail               Faculty Profile 

  • Karen  Dick

    Karen Dick, PhD, GNP-BC, FAANP

    Academic Role: Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Advanced Practice Programs

    Dr. Karen Dick comes to the Graduate School of Nursing via UMASS Boston where she served as Graduate Program Director overseeing MS and DNP programs.  

    Phone: 508-856-5345               E-Mail               Faculty Profile

  • James A. Fain

    James A. Fain, PhD, RN, BC-ADM, FAAN

    Academic Role: Professor, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

    Dr. James Fain , Professor of Nursing, specializes in diabetes care and is the editor of the Diabetes Educator Journal. 

    Phone: 508-856-3686           Email          Faculty Profile

  • Susan Feeney

    Susan Feeney, DNP, FNP-BC, NP-C

    Academic Role: Assistant Professor

    Dr. Susan Feeney is a board certified family nurse practitioner and the Coordinator for the Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty. She has joined the Graduate School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2015.

    Phone:508-856-5045           Email          Faculty Profile      

  • Janet Fraser Hale

    Janet Fraser Hale, PhD, RN, FNP

    Academic Role: Associate Dean, Interprofessional & Community Partnerships

    Janet Fraser Hale’s clinical practice during her academic career has focused on the military population, initially as a critical care nurse, and then as a family nurse practitioner in women’s health and family practice.  Read more... 

    Phone: 508-856-5769          Email           Faculty Profile

  • Gayle Gravlin

    Gayle Gravlin, EdD, RN, NEA-BC

    Academic Role: Assistant Professor

    Board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Nurse Executive, Advanced, Gayle joined the DNP faculty in April 2015. She brings to GSN the knowledge and experience of contemporary nursing leadership practice and healthcare systems, and a passion for quality care leading to positive patient outcomes.

    Phone: 508-856-5768          Email           Faculty Profile

  • Carol A. Jaffarian

    Carol A. Jaffarian, MS, RN, ANP-BC

    Academic Role: Instructor

    Carol is an instructor for the Nurse Practitioner Program.  Adult Nurse Practitioner with experience working in HIV and Travel Medicine.

    Phone: 508-856-8655          Email          Faculty Profile

  • Anne Kane

    Anne Kane, PhD, RN

    Academic Role: Assistant Professor

    Anne Kane joined the GSN faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2006. Since 1980, she has served primarily in roles focused on care of families living in poverty.

    Phone: 508-856-5739           Email           Faculty Profile

  • Elizabeth Keating

    Elizabeth Keating, MS, ACNP-BC

    Academic Role: Instructor

    Beth Keating is an Instructor in the Graduate Entry Pathway program and in the Oncology subspecialty. Her clinical background is in adult oncology and she is a board certified Adult Nurse Practitioner

    Phone: 508-856-5295           Email           Faculty Profile

  • Michael D. Kneeland

    Michael D. Kneeland, MD, MPH, FACP

    Academic Role: Professor

    Dr. Kneeland is board certified in internal medicine.  He has taught epidemiology and biostatistics to nursing students and medical students for several years.

    Phone: 508-856-5885          Email          Faculty Profile

  • Omanand Koul

    Omanand Koul, PhD

    Academic Role: Associate Professor

    Dr. Omanand Koul is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Nursing.

    Phone: 508-856-3072          Email           Faculty Profile

  • Terri LaCoursiere Zucchero

    Terri LaCoursiere Zucchero, PhD RN FNP-BC

    Academic Role: Assistant Professor

    DR. Zucchero is an Assistant Professor and Family Nurse Practitioner who focuses on care for the homeless and veterans. Email           Faculty Profile

  • Nancy J. Morris

    Nancy J. Morris, PhD, ANP

    Academic Role: Associate Professor

    Dr. Morris joined the faculty in the Graduate School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Worcester in 2010.

    Phone: 508-856-5768          Email          Faculty Profile

  • Donna J. Perry

    Donna J. Perry, PhD, RN

    Academic Role: Associate Professor

    Dr. Perry's program of research focuses on human decision-making around contemporary issues of social transformation that influence health related to peace, social justice and human rights.  

    Phone: 508-856-3621          Email           Faculty Profile

  • Kenneth S. Peterson

    Kenneth S. Peterson, PhD, FNP-BC

    Academic Role: Assistant Professor

    Dr. Peterson is an Assistant Professor for Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty. He received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Social Policy 2009.

    Phone: 508-856-3726          Email          Faculty Profile

  • Paulette Seymour-Route

    Paulette Seymour-Route, PhD, RN, MS

    Academic Role: Dean Emeritus and Professor

    Dr. Paulette Seymour-Route is Dean Emeritus of the Graduate School of Nursing.

    Phone: 508-856-5758          Email          Faculty Profile

  • Mary E. Sullivan

    Mary E. Sullivan, DNP, ANP-BC, ACNP-BC

    Academic Role: Assistant Professor

    Mary comes to us at the GSN after working 20 years in surgery and surgical oncology. She is board certified in Adult Primary care and Adult Acute Care.

    Phone: 508-856-3631          Email          Faculty Profile

  • Jill M. Terrien

    Jill M. Terrien, PhD, ANP-BC

    Academic Role: Director Adult Gerontology and Family NP Programs

    Jill Terrien has a clinical background in gynecologic oncology, women's health, and adult medicine. She is certified in Acute Critical Care and Adult Primary Care.

    Phone: 508-856-6622          Email          Faculty Profile

  • Joan Vitello-Cicciu

    Joan Vitello-Cicciu, PhD, RN, NEA-BC,FAHA, FAAN

    Academic Role: Dean UMass Worcester Graduate School of Nursing, Professor

    Phone: 508-856-5081           Email          Faculty Profile

  • Maureen E. Wassef

    Maureen E. Wassef, PhD, RN

    Academic Role: Associate Professor

    Dr. Wassef currently serves as the Director of the Continuing Education Program and teaches in both the DNP and PhD programs. After years in  clinical focusing on cardiac care and completing her dissertation focusing on women and heart disease, she has pursued her scholarly interest in nursing education and strategies to prepare healthcare practitioners providing quality/safe patient care.  Her current studies deal with interprofessional collaboration in the area of situation awareness and the use of the 3-D anatomage table.

    Phone:508-856-3016          Email           Faculty Profile

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