Kaveri M. Roy, DNP, RN

Kaveri Roy
Distinguished Teaching Assistant Professor
(617) 643-3928
Office Location: 
Shouse - 208

Kaveri Roy, DNP, RN joined the School of Nursing faculty as Assistant Professor in August 2015. She has acute care, management, education, and community health experience in the areas of emergency nursing and hospice and palliative nursing.  In 2014, Dr. Roy earned her DNP in Public Health Nurse Leader track at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her capstone was a pilot program entitled, "The COPD Palliation Project: Treating Dyspnea in End-Stage COPD Patients."

At the MGH Institute, Dr. Roy currently teaches first semester Pathophysiology to all prelicensure students.  She has taught Medical/surgical Nursing, Health Assessment, and Community Health nursing. Dr. Roy is a also a Scholarly Project advisor in the areas of hospice and palliative care, public health, and social justice.  She is the First Semester Track coordinator.  Dr. Roy is on the School of Nursing Search Committee and is Chair-Elect of the School of Nursing Policy Committee.  She is also in the Faculty Senate, on the CCRC.  

Dr. Roy's areas of research are palliative care and social justice in education.  Dr. Roy is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, the National League for Nursing, the American Nurses Association, and the American Public Health Association (APHA). She has served on two local boards- Healthy Waltham, as Vice-President, and the Boston Area Gleaners, as Treasurer. She has also served on Massachusetts Department of Health committees on palliative care and cancer survivorship.

Research Interests

  • End-of-life decision making
  • Hospice and palliative care education
  • Development and evaluation of hospice nurse residencies
  • Student mentorship
  • First generation/underrepresented student support and success


BS, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, University of California San Diego
RN, Mass Bay Community College
DNP, University of Massachusetts Amherst


Roy, K. & Huether, S. (2021). Chapter 17: Alterations in cognitive systems, cerebral hemodynamics, and motor function. In Huether, S. & McCance, K., editors. Understanding Pathophysiology. Elsevier, Inc. In Press                          

Roy, K. (2021). Aid-In-dying: One family’s journey. American Journal of Nursing. In Press    

Roy, K. (2021). Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: The trajectory of care. American Nurse Journal. In Press

Roy, K. (2020). Nursing Advocacy: Frequently Asked Questions about Palliative Care. American Nurse Journal, 15(7). 

Hurley, S., Welsh, D., Roy, K. & Godzik, C. (2020). Bridging the Gap: A Hospice Nurse Residency Program. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing. 51(8):371-376. doi:10.3928/00220124-20200716-07 

Roy, K. (2019). Treating Acute Delirium: Cystocerebral Syndrome. American Nurse Journal. 14(11). 

Roy, K. (2019). Chapter 16: Palliative Care and Hospice Medications. In Hill, R. & Sheff, E., editors. Pharmacology Review for the NCLEX-RN (pgs. 259-285). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer 


Cox, R. & Roy, K. (Podium) Incorporating intersectionality in nursing education. AACN Diversity Symposium. 2021

Roy, K. Hunt, K., Sakai, K., & Fletcher, K. (Poster). Addressing the hidden curriculum in nursing education. AACN Diversity Symposium.  2021

Sakai, K., Kanazawa, C., King, C., Campbell, N., Lanni, J., Breakey, S., Hunt, K., Simmonds, K., Swales, S., Roy, K. & Reidy, P. (Podium). JEDI curriculum integration: Bridging the gaps in nursing education programs. Social Justice Conference, Boston, MA.    

Roy, K. & Hurley, S. (Poster) Addressing Workforce Issues in Hospice and Palliative Care APHA Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA 

Roy, K. & Leblanc, R. (Poster) Patient-Centered Measures to Palliate Advanced COPD Related Dyspnea APHA Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA 

Roy, K. & Caldwell, L. (Podium) Gleaning to Combat Food Insecurity: The Considerations and Implications Behind an Organized Gleaning Effort APHA Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA 


BS, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, University of California San Diego
RN, Mass Bay Community College
DNP, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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