Alex Hoyt, RN, PhD is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the MGH Institute of Health Professions.  Dr. Hoyt has his B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology from Denison University.  He graduated from the MGH Institute of Health Professions as a Family Nurse Practitioner and has worked clinically in a variety of settings (inpatient and outpatient) and in a variety of roles (clinical, administrative, and educational).  His PhD is in Social Policy from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

Scholarship – Dr. Hoyt's scholarship focuses on measuring the scope of practice of advanced practice providers (APPs) across states, investigating the influence of scope of practice variation on workforce and health outcomes, and understanding how organizations use APP labor.  His most recent funded research investigated the role of APPs in the care of patients with multiple sclerosis.  

Teaching - Dr. Hoyt teaches health care economics, policy, and finance in the integrated Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program and "Health Care Policy and Politics" in the Masters program.  He also supervises culminating projects for students in both programs. 

Service – Dr. Hoyt has served as a peer reviewer for the New England Journal of Medicine, Medical Care, and Nursing Outlook among others.  He is a regular abstract reviewer for the Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS) and AcademyHealth and also served as the Secretary for the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues (IRGNI).  

  • BA, Sociology/Anthropology, Denison University, Granville, OH
  • MS, Nursing, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA
  • PhD, Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
  • Health services research
  • Health policy research
  • Health care workforce
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Advanced Practice Nurses 

Dr. Hoyt has published numerous papers - some titles are highlighted below. You can view a complete listing of Dr. Hoyt's publications on Google Scholar or in his CV. 

State variation in the utilization of nurse practitioner provided home-based primary care: A Medicare claims analysis.

 Certification alignment of nurse practitioners in acute care. 

Sexual and reproductive health content in post graduate training programs for nurse practitioners. 

 Opioid prescribing by nurse practitioners in Medicare Part D: Impact of state scope of practice legislation.


see google scholar profile


In addition, Dr. Hoyt regularly presents at conferences and industry events. Please see his CV for a complete list of presentations.

Does Doctoral Education Improve the Job Outcomes of NPs? at American Academy of Nursing Health Policy Conference. 

The high cost of free labor: Preceptors are a public goods problem at National Organizational of Nurse Practitioner Faculty 48th Annual Conference.

Certification of nurse practitioners working in adult acute care: Results of a national survey at Eastern Nursing Research Society 33rd Annual Scientific Session

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Awards and Honors

Outstanding Reviewer, 2017-2019, Medical Care

Rated as one of the top ten journals in healthcare administration, Medical Care is devoted to all aspects of the administration and delivery of healthcare. This scholarly journal publishes original, peer-reviewed papers documenting the most current developments in the rapidly changing field of healthcare.

Outstanding Reviewer, 2017, Nursing Outlook

Nursing Outlook, a bimonthly journal, provides innovative ideas for nursing leaders through peer-reviewed articles and timely reports. Each issue examines current issues and trends in nursing practice, education, and research, offering progressive solutions to the challenges facing the profession.

Research Citation, 44th Critical Care Congress, Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2015

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is the largest nonprofit medical organization dedicated to promoting excellence and consistency in the practice of critical care.

Inge Corless Research Award, 2014

Sigma Theta Tau Upsilon Lambda Chapter