Dr. Inge B. Corless, a Professor in the School of Nursing, and a member of the steering committee for the Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice and Health at the Institute, serves on the National Academy of Practice’s Policy Committee and on the Finance & Operating Committee of the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science.

In April, 2014, Dr. Corless was inducted as a Fellow in the National Academies of Practice in recognition of her scholarship. Dr. Corless was inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame by The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), on July 20, 2011and served as an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of KwaZulu Natal in 2003-2005. She served as President of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care in 1997, and has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing since 1983.

An international expert in palliative/hospice care as well as HIV/AIDS, Dr. Corless has influenced nurses and other health care providers through her teaching, scholarship, and provision of direct care. She is currently a board member of the International Work Group of Death, Dying and Bereavement.

Earlier in her career, she left the University of Michigan where she had been researching the hospice movement to co-found St Peters Hospice in Albany, NY. She was also a member of the first Board of Directors of the New York State Hospice Association, and served as Chair of the Research Committee both for the National Hospice Organization and subsequently for the National Hospice and Palliative Care organization.

Thereafter, Dr. Corless was appointed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of California- San Francisco.

At the MGH Institute, Dr. Corless and her colleague Dr. Patrice Nicholas received grant funding from the Bureau of Health Professions to establish an HIV/AIDS specialization for nurse practitioners. Dr. Corless has been a member of the International HIV/AIDS Nursing Research Network since its inception with numerous published articles on the management of symptoms for HIV-infected persons. 

Her career includes extensive work in South Africa on adherence in HIV/AIDS treatment and care. Dr. Corless has led a number of groups of students and alumni of the School of Nursing for international health experiences to southern Africa, and each group has blogged about the experience:

Since 2005 these practica are part of a School of Nursing academic course that includes an international experience.

  • BSN, Boston University, Boston, MA
  • MA, Sociology, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
  • PhD, Brown University, Providence, RI
  • Postdoctoral work as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of California, San Francisco

Research Interests

  • HIV/AIDS symptom management
  • Depression and grief in HIV
  • Adherence
  • Caring in nursing
  • Health literacy


Corless, I.B., Hoyt, A., Phillips, J.C., Dawson, C.R., Sefcik, E., Nicholas, P.K., Holzemer, W., Hamilton, M.J., Voss, J., Chen, W-T, Kirksey, K. (2019). Patient-Healthcare Provider Engagement: The Basic Building Block. Sigma Theta Tau International Research Congress. Calgary, Canada, July 28, 2019.

Sefcik, E., Perazzo, J., Corless, I.B., Kirksey, K., Hamilton, M.J., Davis, L., Phillips, J.C., Dawson, C.R., Schnall, R., Tufts, K.A., Chaiphibalsarisdi, M.R., Keterson, M., Orton, P., Kulkami, A., Gibson, A., Casares, N., Deanda, A., & Webel, A.R. (2018). The impact of co-morbidities on exercise level in persons with HIV. International AIDS meeting. Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Corless IB, & Meisenhelder, J. (2019). Bereavement. In B. Ferrell and J. Paice [Eds.] Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing-5th Edition. Oxford: Oxford University press, pp.390-404.

Davis, S., Corless, I. & Nicholas, P. (2018). The critical need for global nursing leadership. In S.W. Ahmed, L.C., Andrist, L.C., & S. Davis [Eds.]DNP Education, Practice, & Policy (Revised Edition). New York, N.Y.: Springer Publishing Company, pp.331-349.

Corless IB, Nardi D, Milstead JA, Larson E, Nokes KM, Orsega S, Kurth AE, Kirksey KM, Woith W. Expanding nursing's role in responding to global pandemics 5/14/2018. Nurs Outlook. 2018 Jul - Aug;66(4):412-415. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2018.06.003. Epub 2018 Jun 28. No abstract available.

Corless IB, Hoyt AJ, Tyer-Viola L, Sefcik E, Kemppainen J, Holzemer WL, Eller LS, Nokes K, Phillips JC, Dawson-Rose C, Rivero-Mendez M, Lipinge S, Chaiphibaalsarisdi P, Portillo CJ, Chen WT, Webel AR, Brion J, Johnson MO, Voss J, Hamilton MJ, Sullivan KM, Kirksey KM & Nicholas PK (July 2017) 90-90-90-Plus: Maintaining Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapies AIDS Patient Care STDS  31(5) 227-236.

See Curriculum Vitae for complete list.