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

Assistant Professor
(617) 643-2915
Office Location: 
Shouse - 221

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 is one of 16 Faculty Senior Scholars in the United States for the Department of Veterans Affairs National Quality Scholars Program (VAQS).

Dr. Oliver has taught across all programs in the School of Nursing (SON) and specifically in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. He has particular expertise in measurement in healthcare improvement science and directs the Outcomes Measurement course in the DNP program. His work focuses specifically on the development, innovation, and integration of applied healthcare improvement across nursing programs. His work includes the development and implementation of linked improvement science curricula across undergraduate and graduate programs, integration of improvement science into the interprofessional IMPACT program, and developing an affiliation between the SON and VAQS to create post-doctoral fellowship training opportunities in improvement science for DNP and PhD nurses. Most recently, he has worked with the Department of Veterans Affairs to establish the VA Rural Health Scholars (VARHS) academic-clinical partnership program. He currently serves as Co-Director for VARS.

Dr. Oliver has been a nurse practitioner in active clinical practice since 2003. He is currently practicing at the Multiple Sclerosis Specialty Care Program at Concord Hospital in Concord, NH.  He has also served as an invited educator and consultant for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS), the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC), the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College (where he is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor), the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the American Association of Colleges in Nursing (AACN), the Quality Register Collaborative (QRC) in Stockholm Sweden, 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.

Research Interests

Funded Major Research Activities:

  • VA Rural Health Scholars (VARHS) Academic Clinical Partnership Program: 5 year, 3.4 million dollar program grant funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs aimed at training nurse practitioner students as "clinician-leader-improvers," create a VA rural health NP residency, and increase access to healthcare for rural underserved veterans.
  • Outcomes of Multiple Sclerosis Care Provided by NPs and PAs: 3 year, $240,000 health policy research grant funded by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for the investigation of large outcomes databases to investigate the outcomes of multiple sclerosis care delivered by nurse practitioners and physician assistants.


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)


Recent Peer Reviewed Articles:

Godfrey MM, Oliver BJ (2014). Accelerating the Rate of Improvement in Cystic Fibrosis Care: Contributions and Insights of the Learning and Leadership Collaborative. BMJ Quality & Safety;23:i23-i32. doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2014-002704.


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 Practice.


Textbook Chapters


Oliver BJ (2015). Crisis Intervention. In Potter M. and Moller M. Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing: From Suffering to Hope (577-90). Hoboken, NJ. Pearson.


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:



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