Patrice K. Nicholas, DNSc, DHL (Hon.), MPH, RN, NP-C, FAAN

Patrice Nicholas
Distinguished Teaching Professor and Director, Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health
Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health
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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 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 Distinguished Teaching Professor in the School of Nursing, teaching in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, and was actively involved in 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.

Research Interests

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 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.


Certificate in Climate and Health, Yale School of Public Health, 2019
Doctor of Humane Letters (Honoris Causa), Fitchburg State University, 2010
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Harvard School of Public Health, 1996-1999
Master of Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health, 1999
Doctor of Nursing Science, Boston University, 1989
Master of Science in Nursing, Boston University, 1982
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Fitchburg State University, 1977


+Peer reviewed publications; * Data based publications

*+McKinnon, S., Breakey, S., Zeman Eddy, E., Fanuele, J. Tarbet, A., Nicholas, P. K., & Viamonte-Ros, A. (Submitted for review, 2020). Roles of Health Professionals in Addressing Health Consequences of Climate Change in Interprofessional Education. Journal of Interprofessional Care.

*+Zang, S.M., Benjenk, I., Breakey, S., Pusey-Reid, E., Barone, L., & Nicholas, P.K. (2021). The intersection of climate change with COVID-19. Public Health Nursing. In press.

+Nicholas, P.K., Breakey, S., McKinnon, S., Zeman Eddy, E., Fanuele, J., & Starodub, R. A CLIMATE: A framework for assessment of climate-change related health consequences in the emergency department. Journal of Emergency Nursing. In press.

+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.

+Nicholas, P.K., Breakey, S., Tagliareni, E., Simmonds, K, & Sabo, K. (2020). Climate change and the health of populations: Incorporating stages of nursing’s political development. Nursing Outlook. In press.

+Nicholas, P. K., Breakey, S., & Blank, P. (2020). Health consequences of climate change in older adults. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners,16, 433-437.

+*McLellan, A., McWhinnie, A., Gordon, B., Fitzgerald, C., Sipe, M., Breakey, S., & Nicholas, P. K. (Submitted for review, 2020). Changing climate, changing curriculum: Preparing future healthcare providers to address climate-health vulnerabilities and improve population health. Journal of Advanced Nursing.

+*Leslie, C. J., Donelan, K., Nicholas, P. K., Buglione, M., & Smith, D. L. (In revision, 2020). Health literacy profiles of early intervention providers: A study using the Health Literacy Questionnaire. Health Literacy Research and Practice.

+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.

+*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.

+* 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.

+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.

+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.

*+Viamonte Ros, A., Markham, S. M., Wu, D., & Nicholas, P. K. (2019). A rapid scoping review of gender inequities in the medical profession. Nursing and Health Sciences Research Journal, 2(1), 12-20.

*+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

+Neal-Boylan, L., Breakey, S., & Nicholas, P. K. (2019). Integrating climate change topics into nursing curricula. Journal of Nursing Education, 58, 364-368.

*+Sabone, M., Mogobe, K. D., Matshediso, E., Shaibu, S., Ntsayagae, E. I., Corless, I. B., Cuca, Y. P., Holzemer, W. L., Dawson-Rose, C., Soliz Baez, S. S., Rivero-Mendez, M., Webel, A. R., Sanzero Eller, L., Reid, P., Johnson, M. O., Kemppainen, J., Reyes, D., Nokes, D., Wantland, D., Nicholas, P. K., Lindgren, T., Portillo, C. J., Sefcik, E., Long-Middleton, E. (2019; epub 2018). A qualitative description of service providers’ experiences of ethical issues in HIV care. Nursing Ethics. 26(5),1540-1553. doi: 10.1177/0969733017753743

*+ 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

*+ Webel AR, Perazzo JD, Dawson-Rose C, Smith C, Nicholas PK, Rivero-Méndez M, Solís-Báez SS, Eller LS, Johnson MO, Corless IB, Lindgren T, Holzemer WL, Kemppainen JK, Reid P, Mogobe KD, Matshediso E, Nokes K, & Portillo CJ. (2017). A multinational qualitative investigation of the perspectives and drivers of exercise and dietary behaviors in people living with HIV. Applied Nursing Research, 37, 13-18. doi: 10.1016/j.apnr.2017.07.002

+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

Curriculum Vitae