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Catherine Calder Calisi, MS, RN, GNP-BC

Catherine Calisi
Adjunct Instructor, Mind Body Health and Healing
Department: 
Nursing
Phone: 
(617) 726-2000

Catherine holds a Master of Science degree in Gerontology from the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, MA, with a certification to practice as a nurse practitioner. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Salem State University. She has practiced in various settings in the healthcare arena for more than 30 years, including hospital, clinic, nursing home, and home care settings. She specializes in gerontology, cardiology and wellness/ mindfulness practices. She is on the faculty for the Mind Body Health and Healing Certificate program.

Catherine has been a leader and pioneer in developing Mind/ Body initiatives at Massachusetts General Hospital. As a principal investigator in a research study, she taught nurses a relaxation technique which demonstrated trends towards the nurses having less anxiety and less work- related stress. Her work focuses on creating therapeutic and healing environments for the staff which indirectly effects the patients' well-being. Her passion is in teaching nurses the importance and beneficial outcomes of caring for oneself. Catherine infuses her philosophy by promoting self-care and wellness strategies for nurses (and physicians) with her motto of "Nurture the Nurse!"

Catherine Calder Calisi is in private practice, Wellness Connections, an advisory/consulting practice focused on wellness, stress-reduction, and empowerment. She provides individual coaching and group consultation.


Research Interests

Mindfulness practices
Self care
Nursing/ Physician Burnout prevention


Education

MSN, Gerontology, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA

BSN, Salem State University, Salem, MA

Publications

Calisi, C.M., (in press). A pilot study: The Effects of the Relaxation Response on Nurses’ Level of Anxiety, Depression, Well- Being, Work-Related Stress and Level of Confidence in Teaching Patients. Journal of Holistic Nursing.

Bazes, S. & Calder, C.M. (2007) Relaxation Channels on MGH Patient TV, CARING Headlines: Massachusetts General Hospital, Oct.4;

Noyes, D. A., Calder, C.M., Donovan, P., Polynczyk,C.A., Carroll, D.L., & DiSalvo,T.G., (1998). Abstract: Outcomes of an Advanced Practice Nurse Home Care Program for Heart Failure Patients. American Heart Association

Aronen, H.J., Provenzale, J.M., Goldberg, I.E., Thulborn, K R., Gonzalas, R.G., Hochberg, F.H., Pardo, F.S., Calder, C.M., Campbell, T.A., Brady, T.J., & Rosen, B.R. (1992). Comparison of low and high dose (0.1 and 0.3 mmol/kg) gadodiamide in central nervous system lesions. Eleventh Annual Scientific Meeting and Exhibition of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Berlin, Germany: Book of Abstracts, 3008.

Aronen, H.J., Boxerman, J.L., Goldberg, I.E., Weisskoff, R.M., Belliveau, J.W., Provenzale, J.M., Vevea, J.M., Calder, C.M., Campbell, T.A., Brady, T.J., & Rosen, B.R. (1992). Susceptibilty-contrast CBV imaging: Optimization of contrast dose and imaging sequences. Eleventh Annual Scientific Meeting and Exhibition of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Berlin, Germany: Book of Abstracts, 1129.

Aronen, H.J., Goldberg, I.E., Pardo, F.S., Hochberg, F.H., Kennedy, D.N., Buchbinder, B.R., Belliveau, J.W., Weiskoff, R.M., Cohen, M.S., Fishman, A., Calder, C.M., Campbell, T.A., Brady, T.J., & Rosen, B.R. (1992). Susceptibility-contrast CBV imaging: Clinical experiences in brain tumor patients. Eleventh Annual Scientific Meeting and Exhibition of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Berlin, Germany: Book of Abstracts, 739

Presentations

  • Developed Wellness sessions for staff and presented poster for Quality Improvement project ’15;
  • Recipient of Massachusetts General Hospital: Nursing Research Award ’15;
  • Presented on panel discussion for Cardiac Visiting Scholar program ’14;
  • Faculty/ presenter of Medical Nursing Clinical Scholar Program ’09;
  • Faculty/ speaker for Creating a Healing and Therapeutic Environment ’06, ’07;
  • Developed and implemented the Massachusetts General Hospital Relaxation and Humor TV Channels via the Making a Difference Grant ’06-’07;
  • Designed and implemented a study on, “The Effects of the Relaxation Response on Nurses’ Level of Anxiety, Depression, Well-Being and Work-Related Stress” via the Making a Difference Grant ’05-’06;
  • Developed and implemented a study measuring the effects of Therapeutic Touch on institutionalized patients ’92;
  • Developed and presented protocols to promote Self- Esteem in the Elderly and the management of Congestive Heart Failure '91;
  • Developed and implemented research for the effectiveness of distraction on the patients’ anxiety during MRI examination '93;

Curriculum Vitae