Nancy M. Terres, PhD, RN

Nancy Terres
Associate Professor
(617) 724-4755
Office Location: 
Shouse - 224

Nancy Terres, PhD, RN, is Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at MGH Institute of Health Professions. 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 is best known as a specialist in high-risk infants, and in child development. Dr. Terres primarily teaches research for the DEN program, behavioral pediatrics, the capstone clinical course for advanced pediatric specialty students, and coordinates DEN student's Scholarly Project course.

A child developmental expert, Dr. Terres also teaches Infant Psychiatry to pediatric psychiatry residents in the MGH/McLeans program. Dr. Terres is in demand as a speaker at conferences and specialty groups

Dr. Terres is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the Society of Pediatric Nurses, the Association for Psychological Science (APS), and is a past president and was a 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 and current director of the Parent-Child Research Collective at the MGH Institute. She currently serves as a research consultant for the neonatal abstinence (NAS) program at MGH. Dr. Terres is a past Chair of the faculty.

Research Interests

  • High risk infants
  • Pediatric disabilities
  • Parent support issues.

The Parent-Child Research Collective (PCRC) provides research expertise to various organizations and agencies. Our involvement ranges from consultation to conducting studies commissioned by the agency, and draws on the range of clinical and research expertise from the entire faculty.


Terres N:  "Resources for Psychiatric Clinicians Working with Breastfeeding Mothers." Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services.  2018;56(8):37-46

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. (2005). Considering family coping and adaptation styles when planning support services for parents of children with chronic illness and disability. In  L.C. Andrist, P.K. Nicholas K.A., & K.A. Wolf, (Eds.) History of Nursing Ideas (pp. 217-235).  Boston: Jones & Bartlett.

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

Terres, N. M. (1999) The use of respite care services by parents of children with chronic illness and disability. Dissertation Abstracts International, Section B: The Sciences & Engineering.​


BSN, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
MS, Parent-Child Nursing, Boston University, Boston, MA
PhD, Child Development, Tufts University, Medford, MA

Curriculum Vitae