Dr. Terres has been with the Institute since 1984. Her clinical work included staff and leadership positions in pediatric nursing in hospitals and community agencies across the country. She was awarded Professor Emerita status in 2020. 

She is best known as a specialist in high-risk infants, and in child development. Dr. Terres primarily taught research for the DEN program, behavioral pediatrics, the capstone clinical course for advanced pediatric specialty students, and coordinated DEN students' Scholarly Project course.

A child developmental expert, Dr. Terres also taught infant psychiatry to pediatric psychiatry residents in the MGH/McLeans program.

Dr. Terres is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the Society of Pediatric Nurses, and the Association for Psychological Science (APS), and is a past president and long-time board member of the Boston Institute for the Development of Infants and Parents (BIDIP).

Dr. Terres has received a number of awards for her clinical work, and an award for "Outstanding Paper" from the Society of Pediatric Psychologists for her research on the effect of caregiver consistency on high-risk infants.

She is a founding member of the Parent-Child Research Collective at the MGH Institute. She currently served as a research consultant for the neonatal abstinence (NAS) program at MGH. Dr. Terres is a past Chair of the faculty.

  • Tufts University Medford, Massachusetts Ph.D. in Child Development
  • Boston University Master of Science Specialty: Parent-Child Nursing Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • The University of North Dakota, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Research Interests

Dr. Terres' research focused various pediatric and parent support issues. She is the research arm for the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome task force at MGH, and is the IHP PI for a Tufts NIH Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) 5 year grant with MIT to promote nursing careers in translational research.

Straus, E., Baird, J., Hays, L.H., Terres, N.M., Williams, L.J. (2018). Clinical practice guidelines for support of families of children with chronic conditions. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 43, 136.

Terres, N.M. (2018). Resources for psychiatric clinicians working with breastfeeding mothers. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. 56(8), 37-46. https://doi.org/10.3928/02793695-20180329-03

Terres, N.M., & Cartier, J.M. (2010) Combining scholarship with service: the parent-child research collective. Journal of Nursing Education, 49 (4), 233-236. 

Terres, N.M., & Ashland, J. (2005). Tracking patterns of children's feeding problems in a hospital-based feeding team. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 20, 228.

Trauma Informed Care. Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care (HMS CPC). Boston, MA

Uncovering the patterns of opioid use among pregnant women in an American medical center. International Conference on Nursing Science and Practice. Dallas, Texas.

Clinical practice guidelines: chronic conditions. Webinar presentation with Lori Williams, sponsored by the Society of Pediatric Nurses.
Tracking patterns of children's feeding problems in a hospital-based feeding team. Poster presentation Society of Pediatric Nurses’ national conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Developmental care for neonates. For the Saudi Aramco Medical Services Organization videoconference series. Sponsored by Massachusetts General Hospital.
The influence of medical complications on infant development.  Sponsored by Tufts Department of Child Development.

Infant sleeping and feeding behavior. Sponsored by Massachusetts School for Professional Psychology. Newton, MA.

Parenting a high-risk infant. Sponsored by Massachusetts School for Professional Psychology. Newton, MA.

Pregnant teens and high-risk parenting. Department of Child Development. Tufts University