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Brant Oliver, PhD, MS, MPH, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC

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Shouse - 221

Phone: (617) 643-2915

Assistant Professor, Nursing

Full-Time Faculty

Brant Oliver PhD, MS, MPH, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC is Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at MGH Institute of Health Professions. Dr. Oliver is an ANCC board certified family and psychiatric nurse practitioner (FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC), certified multiple sclerosis specialist (MSCN), healthcare improvement science specialist, educator and research scientist.  He received a Master of Science (MS) degree in Nursing in 2002 from MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA, where he completed a dual-specialty nurse practitioner program in family practice and psychiatry. 

He later completed a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in 2008 at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. In 2012, he completed a PhD in Health Policy & Clinical Practice at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at Dartmouth College, with concentrations in healthcare improvement science and clinical research. In 2012, he also completed a two-year fellowship in healthcare quality improvement and leadership in the Department of Veterans Affairs National Quality Scholars Program (VAQS)

Dr. Oliver has taught in the ABSN, DEN, and DNP programs, including psychiatric clinical instruction, general pharmacology, advanced pharmacology, health policy, family theory & therapeutic communication, advanced primary care theory, and outcomes measurement for improvement science. He is currently working with other Institute faculty to facilitate healthcare improvement science curriculum integration and redesign in the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral nursing programs, with a particular focus on applied healthcare quality improvement education and shared decision making.

Dr. Oliver has been a nurse practitioner in active clinical practice since 2003, and for the majority of that time has worked as a certified multiple sclerosis specialist (MSCN) and subspecialist in multiple sclerosis (MS) mental health care.  He is currently practicing at the Multiple Sclerosis Specialty Care Program at Concord Hospital in Concord, NH.  His role there focuses predominantly on MS mental health care, but also includes general multiple sclerosis care, general neurobehavioral health consultations, and healthcare quality improvement and informatics at the microsystems level.

Dr. Oliver has served as a consultant and/or invited educator for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS), the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses (IOMSN), the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC), the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at Dartmouth College, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the American Association of Colleges in Nursing (AACN), and many others. He is a member of the Upsilon Lambda chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau international honor society in Nursing, and is also a certified Lean Six Sigma healthcare improvement specialist.


BS, Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
MS Nursing, Family Practice and Adult Psychiatry/Mental Health specialties, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA
MPH, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, NH
PhD, Clinical Evaluative and Healthcare Delivery Sciences, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Research Interest:

Dr. Oliver’s current research and applied quality improvement work focuses on four major areas:

  1. Development of a national healthcare quality collaborative and system-level data registry for improving the quality and value of multiple sclerosis care in the United States
  2. Development of shared decision making approaches for disease modifying therapies in multiple sclerosis
  3. Application of basic improvement science methodologies to nursing and inter-professional healthcare education contexts
  4. Integration of QSEN competencies into nursing education, with an emphasis on applied improvement science education

Publications & Presentations:

PhD Dissertation:
Oliver BJ (2012).  Modifiable factor relationships with biopsychosocial disability in multiple sclerosis. Dartmouth College, June 2012.  Committee: S. Bartels, MD, MS (chair), G. McHugo, PhD,R. Drake, MD, PhD, L. Iezzoni, MD, MSc (external member, Harvard Medical School)

Estrada CA, Dolansky MA, Singh, MK, Oliver BJ, Callaway-Lane C, Splaine, ME, Gilman S, Patrician PA (2011). Mastering Improvement Science Skills in the New Era of Quality and Safety: The Veterans Affairs National Quality Scholars Program.  Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practicehttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jep.2011.17.issue-6/issuetoc

Oliver BJ, Kohli E, Kasper, LH (December 2010).  Interferon therapy in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis: A systematic review and meta-analysis of the comparative trials.  Journal of Neurological Sciences; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jns.2010.11.003.

Oliver BJ (2009).  Primary Management of Fatigue and Relapses in Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis.  Nurse Practitioner; 34(9): 10-14.

Clinical Practice Guidelines:
Contributing Author (2011). Nursing Management of the Patient with Multiple Sclerosis: AANN, ARN, and IOMSN Clinical Practice Guideline Series.  Thompson HJ, & Mauk KL, Eds.  Available: http://www.aann.org/pubs/content/guidelines.html.

Platform Presentations
Oliver, BJ (2013). Modifiable factor relationships with biopsychosocial disability in multiple sclerosis. 26th Annual Meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC), Orlando, FL.

Godfrey MM, Oliver BJ, Theis KM.  (February 2011)  Preparing academic-clinical partners to teach theory-based quality improvement methods in the classroom while applying this knowledge in clinical settings: A pilot program.  American Association of Colleges in Nursing Master’s Education Conference, Scottsdale, AZ.

Poster Presentations:
Oliver BJ, Berg S, Kearing S (December 2011).  A Decision Support Intervention for Depression Treatment in a Multiple Sclerosis Mental Health Clinic Using a Clinical Microsystems Approach.  17th Annual Scientific Symposium on Quality and Value in Health Care, Academy for Healthcare Improvement and Institute for Healthcare Improvement 23rd Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care, Orlando, FL.

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