Oluwatomisin (Tomisin) Olayinka is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing at MGH Institute of Health Professions. She has been a nurse for 9 years and has practiced in a variety of settings, including acute care transplant and labor and delivery.

Dr. Olayinka’s dissertation research focused on exploring the effect of an affirmative approach to initiate and drive behavior change in an outpatient setting. She completed a small, pilot study that explored the effectiveness of an Appreciative Inquiry intervention to improve self-management in patients with Hypertension.

Dr. Olayinka is passionate about nursing and its role in public health.

  • BA, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
  • BSN, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA
  • MPH, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA
  • PhD, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Dr. Olayinka’s research interest are health behavior, self-management, obesity, and hypertension.

Dr. Olayinka has published numerous papers - some titles are highlighted below. You can view a complete listing of Dr. Olayinka's publications in her CV. 

Screening for Heat-related Illness in Pregnant People: Sample Case Study for Clinician Education. 

 Development of a Screening Tool for Assessment of Climate Change-Related Heat Illness in the Clinical Setting. 

Applying the Behavior Change Technique Taxonomy four multi-component childhood obesity interventions. 

Pilot Test of an Appreciative Inquiry Intervention in Hypertension Self-Management. 

Use of Appreciative Inquiry to Engage Parents as Co-Designers of a Weight Management Program for Adolescents. 


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

Effects of the Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) Pandemic on Self-management in Patients with Hypertension and/or Diabetes at the Eastern Nursing Research Society 34th Annual Conference. 

During a Pandemic, It Is Important to Honor Focus on Creating a Future Nursing Workforce at the Sigma Theta Tau International 46th Biennial Convention. 

Effects of the Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) Pandemic on Student Nurses’ Resilience and Mental Wellbeing at the Eastern Nursing Research Society 33rd Annual Conference. 

Lived Experience of Patients Using Appreciative Inquiry to Improve Hypertension Self-management at the Eastern Nursing Research Society 32nd Annual Conference.

Use of Appreciative Inquiry in Hypertension Self-Management at the Midwest Nursing Research Society 43rd Annual Conference. 

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Awards and Honors

Excellence in Leadership Award, 2022

New England Regional Black Nurses Association