Dr. Rebecca Hill earned her BSN from the University of Rhode Island, her MSN and post-master’s certificate in nursing education and DNP from Duke University and her PhD in Nursing from Boston College. She is a family nurse practitioner, certified as a nurse educator, and certified lactation counselor. Her research focuses on the advancement of the state of the science surrounding tongue-tie and its associated sequelae on infant feeding. Dr. Hill mentors students interested in research, and has co-authored several publications with IHP nursing students.

Dr. Hill currently serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and associate professor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions School of Nursing, teaching at the pre-licensure level. She maintains clinical practice in college health as a family nurse practitioner. In 2019, she co-authored a first-edition pharmacology review text for nursing students preparing for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

Dr. Hill is an active member of several professional organizations including the American Nurses Association (ANA), American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), the National League for Nursing (NLN) and Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), with past service as President of two chapters of STTI. Dr. Hill currently serves on the board of directors for the Massachusetts/Rhode Island League for Nursing (MARILN).

  • BSN, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
  • MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner, Duke University, Durham, NC
  • Post-Master’s Certificate, Nursing Education, Duke University, Durham, NC
  • DNP, Nursing, Duke University, Durham, NC
  • PhD, Nursing, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
  • Problematic infant feeding
  • Ankyloglossia and frenotomy

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

Infant and maternal feeding symptoms with tongue and lip-tie

Gastroesophageal symptom improvement for infants following tongue-tie correction

A pilot study of non-nutritive suck measures immediately pre- and post-frenotomy in full term infants with problematic feeding. 

Effect of frenotomy on maternal breastfeeding symptoms and the relationship between maternal symptoms and problematic infant feeding

The prevalence of ankyloglossia in children aged < 1 year: A systematic review and meta-analysis. 


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

Gastrointestinal symptomatology in infants less than seven months of age undergoing frenotomy at the 2022 European Academy of Paediatric Societies.

The effects of frenotomy on breastfeeding symptoms, Infant feeding and gastrointestinal health at the 2022 ICAP Conference.

Feeding improvements in infants with tongue-tie at the 2022 American Academy of Nursing Health Policy Conference.

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Dorothy A. Jones PhD Student Award, 2021

Boston College

Margaret L. McClure Scholarship, 2020

This award is dedicated to nurses in graduate nursing programs specializing in education, administration, and /or health care policy.

Nancy T. Watts Excellence in Teaching Award, 2019

This award honors a distinguished Institute faculty member who has excelled in meeting the excellence in teaching criteria and is recognized by students, faculty colleagues, and other members of the community. It is given to a faculty member who best exemplifies creativity in teaching, is receptive to evaluation, is responsive to the individual learning needs of students, is a mentor to students and faculty alike, and is recognized and respected by professional colleagues.

M. Louise Fitzpatrick Nursing Scholarship Award, 2019

The award is conferred upon a person who demonstrates transformative leadership, a visionary perspective, and commitment to nursing excellence. 

Honorable Mention: AACN Excellence in Advancing Nursing Practice Award, 2013-2014

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN): For an outstanding final project from a student in a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. A DNP project demonstrates high-level mastery of an area of advanced nursing practice and focuses on the translation of evidence into practice.

Outstanding DNP Capstone Award, Duke University, 2013

This award recognizes a graduating DNP student whose project best describes the development, implementation, and evaluation of a practice change that addresses a significant health care problem in an organization and holds potential for adoption by other agencies.