Pamela Delis, PhD, RN, CNE

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Assistant Professor
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Pamela Coombs Delis, PhD, RN, CNE, is Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at MGH Institute of Health Professions. She teaches in both the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing  and the Direct-Entry Master of Science Nursing programs and serves on the Policy Committee. She is Certified Nurse Educator through the National League for Nursing (NLN) and has over 10 years of experience in academia. As a Registered Nurse, she has extensive experience in both acute- and chronic-care settings, including bedside and leadership positions. 

She is an advocate for those with disabilities and chronic illnesses, serving as both a Lupus Foundation of America Ambassador and as a mentor for those with lupus through Exceptional Nurse.  

She has been an active member of a scholarship group examining the question: does racial/ethnic congruence in the patient/provider dyad make a difference in outcomes in (various health states)? The group has submitted two manuscripts for publication that are currently (Fall 2019) undergoing the peer review process. 

Research Interests

Dr. Delis' research interests lie in the area of health-related quality of life and chronic illness, most specifically Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). Related areas of interest include illness uncertainty, health disparities, quality of life, caring in nursing, suicidology, health promotion, health equity, and nursing theory. Her doctoral dissertation research focused on Uncertainty in Illness, health status, and quality of life in adults with SLE, and underpins her research trajectory.


BSN, School of Nursing, University of Lowell, Lowell, MA
MSN, Nursing Education, School of Nursing, Salem State University, Salem, MA
PhD, Nursing with a concentration in Health Promotion, School of Nursing, UMass Lowell, Lowell, MA


Delis, P. C., 2019 (Jan/Feb). "Uncertainty and quality of life in systemic lupus erythematosus: A cross-sectional study." Rehabilitation Nursing, 44(1), 2-10. doi: 10.1097/rnj.00000000000001

Delis, P. C. & Dowling, J. (in press). An integrative review of the LupusQoL© Measure. Journal of Nursing Measurement.

Delis, P. C., Leger, R., Longton, F., Chandler, D. (2015). “Camp Hope: Integrating Tai Chi and Humanbecoming in a Camp for Children.” Nursing Science Quarterly, 28(4), 322-324. doi: 10.1177/0894318415599221

Delis, P. C. (2012). Illumination of Parse’s Theory of Humanbecoming: Modern literature as situation study. Nursing Science Quarterly, 25(2). doi: 10.1177/0894318412437952

Delis, P. (2014). Resilience, in Maheady, D. (Ed.). The Exceptional Nurse: Tales from the trenches of truly resilient nurses working with disabilities. Editor.

Delis, P. (2014). Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired, in Maheady, D. (Ed.). The Exceptional Nurse: Tales from the trenches of truly resilient nurses working with disabilities. Editor.

Ebersole, N., Frost, M., & Delis, P. (2017). Using QSEN to get off the teaching hamster wheel.


2019 Delis, P. C. & Mirick, R. “Factors associated with self-perceived burden in lupus: Implications for intervention.” Eastern Nursing Research Society. Annual Scientific Sessions. Providence, RI.

2019 Mirick, R., & Delis, P. C. “Perceived burden, functional limitation, depression, and anxiety: Implications for screening lupus patients for suicidal ideation.” 52nd Annual Association for Suicidology Conference. Denver, CO. 

2018 Delis, P. C. "Review of Global Studies of Quality of Life in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: Implications for Caring." 39th International Association for Human Caring Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

2018 Delis, P.  Invited speaker. "Working with Lupus." Lupus Foundation of Florida, Inc. Annual educational seminar.

2017 Delis, P. C. "A Global View of Quality of Life in Lupus: Implications for Nursing." Sigma Theta Tau International Biennial Convention, Indianapolis, IN

2016 Delis, P.  “Uncertainty in Illness and Quality of Life in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.” New England Doctoral Student Conference. Rivier College. Nashua, NH.

2015 Leger, R. & Delis, P. “HOPE summer camp: Healthy Me-Healthy World Enrichment Program. 
Sigma Theta Tau International Research Conference. San Juan: Puerto Rico.