Patrice K. Nicholas, DNSc, DHL (Hon.), MPH, RN, NP-C, FAAN
- Distinguished Teaching Professor and Director
- Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health
Dr. Patrice K. Nicholas completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at Fitchburg State University, and a Master of Science in Nursing degree, and a Doctor of Nursing Science degree at Boston University. From 1996-1999, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health focusing her research on symptom management in HIV disease and global health and completing a Master of Public Health degree in International Health. In May 2010, Dr. Nicholas received a Doctor of Humane Letters degree Honoris Causa from her alma mater, Fitchburg State University. In 2007, she was selected as a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of KwaZulu-Natal focusing on adherence to HIV and TB medications. In 2008, she was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Nicholas is a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the School of Nursing, teaching in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, and was actively involved in the curriculum redesign of the DNP program. From 2006- 2019, Dr. Nicholas served as Director of Global Health and Academic Partnerships at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she also co-led the efforts in their successful American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet journey. She has authored or co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, two texts, and many invited and peer-reviewed presentations including several manuscripts on climate change, climate justice and climate-related health consequences. Dr. Nicholas serves as director of the MGH Institute of Health Profession’s newly launched Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health.
Dr. Nicholas' scholarship and research efforts have focused on global health issues; HIV symptom management and quality of life; and climate change, climate justice, and health. She has published research and policy papers in these areas and has been funded as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in South Africa at the University of KwaZulu-Nata for a research and teaching award. Most recently, she leads the Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health at the MGH Institute of Health Professions.
Climate Change-Related Publications (Research, Clinical, and Policy)
(Data-based *; Peer-reviewed +)
+Bernhardt, J., Tagliareni, E., Sipe, M., O’Brien, L., Donati, C., Evans, L. A., & Nicholas, P. K. (In press, 2022). Nursing education leadership in the advancement of a center for climate change. Journal of Nursing Education.
*+White, B. P., Breakey, S., Brown, M. J., Fanuele, J. R., Tarbet, A., & Nicholas, P. K. (In revision, 2022). Mental health impacts of climate change among vulnerable populations globally: An integrative review. Annals of Global Health.
+Simmonds, K., Breakey, S., & Nicholas, P. K. (2022). Educating nurse practitioners about climate change, health, and climate justice. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 18, 429-433. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nurpra.2021.10.006
*+McKinnon, S., Breakey, S., Fanuele, J. R., Kelly, D., Eddy, E. Z., Tarbet, A., Nicholas, P. K., & Viamonte Ros, A. (2022). Roles of health professionals in addressing health consequences of climate change in interprofessional education: A scoping review. Journal of Climate Change and Health. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joclim.2021.100086
*+Simmonds, K. K., Jenkins, J., White, B., Nicholas, P. K., & Bell, J. J. (2022). Health impacts of climate change on gender diverse populations: A scoping review. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 54, 81-91. doi: 10.1111/jnu.12701
+Nicholas, P. K., Evans, L. A., Albert, M., Kelly, D., & Michelson, N. (2022). The nurse practitioner’s role in addressing chronic sequelae of Lyme disease as a climate change related disease. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 34, 579-585. DOI# 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000670
[Received the 2022 APEX Award for Publication Excellence in the Category of Climate Change and Health]
+Sabo, K., Starodub, R., Smoller, S., Quinn, L., Kelly, D., Flaherty, K., & Nicholas, P. K. (2022). Occupational heat stress: An overview for nurse practitioners. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 34, 597-603.
+Nicholas, P. K., Evans, L. A., Pusey Reid, E., & Gona, C. (2021). The intersection of climate change and health: An explication of the Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity. Witness: Canadian Journal of Critical Nursing Discourse, 3 (2). https://doi.org/10.25071/2291-5796.114
+Nicholas, P. K., Breakey, S., Tagliareni, E., Simmonds, K, & Sabo, K. (2021). Climate change and population health: Incorporating stages of nursing’s political development. Nursing Outlook, 69(1), 65-73. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.outlook.2020.08.001
*+Zang, S.M., Benjenk, I., Breakey, S., Pusey-Reid, E., B, & Nicholas, P.K. (2021). The intersection of climate change with COVID-19. Public Health Nursing, 38(2):321-335. doi: 10.1111/phn.12866.
+Nicholas, P.K., Breakey, S., McKinnon, S., Zeman Eddy, E., Fanuele, J., & Starodub, R. (2021). A CLIMATE: A framework for assessment of climate-change related health consequences in the emergency department. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 47(4),532-542.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jen.2020.10.
+Nicholas, P. K., Breakey, S., & Blank, P. (2020). Health consequences of climate change in older adults. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners,16, 433-437.
+Brown, M. J., White, B. P., & Nicholas, P. K. (2022). Mental health impacts of climate change: Considerations for nurse practitioners. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 18, 359-363. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nurpra.2021.07.013
+Nicholas, P.K., Breakey, S., White, B., Brown, M.J., Fanuele, J., Starodub, R., & Viamonte Ros, A. (2020). Mental health impacts of climate change: Perspectives for the emergency department clinician. Journal of Emergency Nursing. 46(5), 590-599. doi: 10.1016/j.jen.2020.05.014
+Viamonte Ros, A., LaRocque, R., Fortinsky, R., & Nicholas, P. K. (2020). Addressing climate change communication: Effective engagement of populations for climate action in the US and globally. Annals of Global Health, 86 (1), 54. https://www.annalsofglobalhealth.org/articles/10.5334/aogh.2900/
+Nicholas, P. K., & Breakey, S. (2019). The economics of climate change and the intersection with conflict, violence, and migration. Nursing Economics 37(1). 23-34.
+Nicholas, P. K., Rosa, W. E., & Breakey, S. (2019). The imperative for climate action to protect health (Letter to the Editor). New England Journal of Medicine,380(17), e29. doi: 10.1056/NEJMc1902963
+Rosa, W. E., Schenk, E., Travers, J. L., & Nicholas, P. K. (2019). Climate change and health consequences: Engaging public health nursing within the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Public Health Nursing, 36(2), 107-108.
+Neal-Boylan, L., Breakey, S., & Nicholas, P. K. (2019). Integrating climate change topics into nursing curricula. Journal of Nursing Education, 58, 364-368.
+Nicholas, P. K., Breakey, S., Tagliareni, E., Tuck, I., Neal-Boylan, L., Ladd, E., Corless, I. B., Reynolds, R. Y., Simmonds, K., & Lussier-Duynstee, P. (2019). Advancing a school of nursing center for climate change, climate justice, and health. Annual Review of Nursing Research, 38 (1), 145-158. doi: 10.1891/0739-6686.38.145.
*+ Lilienfeld, E., Nicholas, P. K., Breakey, S., & Corless, I. B. (2018). Addressing climate change through a nursing lens within the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: A scoping review. Nursing Outlook, 66 (5), 482-494. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2018.06.010
+Nicholas, P. K., & Breakey, S. (2017). Climate change, climate justice, and environmental health: Implications for the nursing profession. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 49(6):606-616. doi: 10.1111/jnu.12326
+Leffers, J., McDermott-Levy, R., Nicholas, P. K., & Sweeney, C. (2017). Mandate for nursing education to address climate change. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 49(6):679-687. doi: 10.1111/jnu.12331
+*Leslie, C. J., Donelan, K., Nicholas, P. K., Buglione, M., & Smith, D. L. (Accepted, 2020). Health literacy profiles of early intervention providers: A study using the Health Literacy Questionnaire. Health Literacy Research and Practice.
*+Sabo, K., Chin, E., Sethares, K. A., Hunter Revelle, S. & Nicholas, P. K. (2022) Knowledge, attitudes, and practices of primary healthcare providers with assessing and supporting older informal caregivers, Geriatric Nursing.
+*Viamonte Ros, A., Markham, S. M., Wu, D., & Nicholas, P. K. (2019). A rapid scoping review of gender inequalities in the medical profession. Nursing and Health Sciences Research Journal, 2, 12-20. https://scholarlycommons.baptisthealth.net/nhsrj/vol2/iss1/5/
+* Leslie, C., Smith, D., & Nicholas, P. (2019). Health literacy understanding of early intervention providers: A scoping review. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 15(9), 640–648. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nurpra.2019.06.006
*+Reynolds, R., Smoller, S., Allen, A., & Nicholas, P. K. (2019). Health literacy and health outcomes in persons living with HIV disease: A systematic review. AIDS and Behavior. 23(11):3024-3043. doi: 10.1007/s10461-019-02432-9
+Atkin, K., Scannell, M., & Nicholas, P. K. (2019) Use of Dolutegravir for antiretroviral therapy for women of childbearing age. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecological, and Neonatal Nurses,19. Doi: 10.1016/j.jogn.2019.08.003
+Stevens, S., Acker, S., Green, K., Swales, S., Fulmer, H. M., Fortinsky, R. & Nicholas, P. K. (2019). Understanding the mental health impact of human trafficking Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. doi: 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000225