Pam Burke PhD, RN, FSAHM, FAAN

Clinical Professor & Director, PhD Nursing Program
  • School of Nursing

Office: 207J Robinson Hall
Phone: 617.373.4966

Education and Training:
Post-Masters Certificate – Family Nurse Practitioner, Boston College School of Nursing
PhD – Developmental and Educational Psychology, Boston College
MS – Parent Child Health Nursing, Boston University
BS  – Nursing, Boston College

Postdoctoral Training:
Fellow (2002-2004 Project MAINSTREAM (MultiAgency INitiative for Substance abuse TRaining & Education for AMerica), Boston College School of Nursing, Chestnut Hill, MA & Boston Children’s Hospital, Division of General Pediatrics, Boston MA.
HRSA-AMERSA-SAMHSA/CSAT Interdisciplinary Project to Improve Health Professional Education on Substance Abuse.

Fellow (2001-2002) Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH), Boston Children’s Hospital Boston. Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine, HRSA-Maternal and Child Health Bureau Interdisciplinary Training Program

Board Certifications:
American Nurses’ Credentialing Center: Pediatric Primary Care NP 1997-2017
Massachusetts Advance Practice RN 1995-2016
American Nurses’ Credentialing Center: Family NP 1995-2015
Massachusetts Board of Nursing: RN 1970-present

Boston LEAH Program (Leadership Education in Adolescent Health) Faculty,
Boston Children’s Hospital, Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine.

Research Interests:
Adolescent sexual health – prevention and safer sex intervention; Substance use risk reduction; Motivational Interviewing.

Current (2016-2018):
2017-2022:  Co-I (PI: S. Jean Emans, MD), LEAH Training Program, Div. of Adolescent Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital. Maternal Child Health Bureau, HRSA, LEAH Program, HRSA/MCHB T71 MC 00009. ($437,915.00 per year).

2016-2018: Co-I. Office of Adolescent Health iTP3 Grant (Innovative Teen Pregnancy Prevention Practices) Grant to Texas A&M University, Subaward TP2AH000024 to Lydia Shrier, MD, MPH (PI) Div. of Adolescent Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital. Momentary Affect Regulation and Safer Sex Intervention

May 2016 – June 2017: Momentary Affect Regulation – Safer Sex Intervention (MARSSI): A Novel Approach to Pregnancy Prevention for Depressed Young Women [iTP3 Grant $100,000] PI: Dr. Lydia Shrier; Co-Is: Dr. Pam Burke & Laika Aquinaldo, MSW. Development and testing of an individualized intervention to reduce risk for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections among high-risk depressed young women. MARSSI includes clinic-based counseling and smartphone momentary intervention.

January 2017 – December 2017: Pilot testing longitudinal follow-up of momentary affect regulation-safer sex intervention (MARSSI). Aerosmith Foundation Grant awarded to Lydia Shrier, MD $24,000 to increase sample size and extend follow-up.

July 2017 – June 2018: Developing a Clinic-Level Intervention Component to MARSSI: A Qualitative Study of Clinics Providing Sexual Health Care to High-Risk Depressed Young Women [iTP3 Grant $87, 581] PI: Dr. Lydia Shrier; Co-I’s: Dr. Pam Burke & Dr. Sabra Katz-Wise. Working with six clinics in the greater Boston area and one in Lebanon, NH to identify and develop strategies to address clinic-level issues related to identifying and reducing sexual and reproductive risk in depressed young women.

Completed (since 2010):
Site Director for Northeastern University, School of Nursing: Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment SBIRT) Professional Training Program; SAMHSA/CSAT TI-13-002 Grant ($942,695.00) [1U79TI025389 – 01].  Co-PIs – Sharon Levy, MD, MPH & Elissa Weitzman, MSc, ScD, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA. 2013-2016.

Co-Investigator: A Real-time, Contextual Intervention using Mobile Technology to Reduce Marijuana Use in Youth (Pilot Intervention Study); National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse, R34 ($456,802) [1R34DA030535-01A1].  PI – Lydia Shrier, MD, MPH, Boston Children’s Hospital, Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine, Boston, MA. 2013-2015.

Principal Investigator: LARC StudyAdolescents’ Knowledge, Attitudes and Use of Long Acting Reversible Contraception; Internal Funding from the Department of Patient Services, Clinical Research Program Grant ($11,272), Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA. 2011-2012

Co-Investigator: Moment Study: A Real-time, Contextual Intervention using PDAs to Reduce Marijuana Use in Youth (Pilot Feasibility Study), Internal Funding from the Clinical Research Program ($100,000), PI – Lydia Shrier, MD, MPH, Boston  Children’s Hospital, Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine, Boston, MA. 2010-2012

NIH Grant:
Co-Investigator – A Real-time, Contextual Intervention using Mobile Technology to Reduce Marijuana Use in Youth (Pilot Intervention Study), NIDA Grant [1R34DA030535-01A1] 2013-2015, Lydia Shrier, MD, MHP – Principle Investigator.

Selected Publications (Since 2011):
Calzo, J., Melchiono, M., Richmond, T., Leibowitz, S., Goncalves, A., Pitts, S, Gooding, H., Burke, P.  (2017). Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender adolescent health: an interprofessional case discussion. MedEdPORTAL Publications; 13:10615.

Murphy, M., Burke, P., Haider, S. (August 2017) A Qualitative Application of Diffusion of Innovations to Adolescents’ Perceptions of Long-acting Reversible Contraception’s Attributes. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.  30(4): 484-490.

SAHM Clinical Services: Sexual/Reproductive Health Subcommittee [Tebb, K.P., Urbach, K., Burke, P.J., Vyver, E., Santa Maria, D.M., Gibson, E.J., Coles, M.S.] (April 2017) Improving Knowledge about, Access to, and Utilization of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) Among Adolescents and Young Adults: A Position Statement for the Society for Adolescent Health &  Medicine. Journal of Adolescent Health. 60 (4): 469-471.

Gooding, H., Ziniel, S., Touloumtzis, T., Pitts, S., Goncalves, A., Emans, J., Burke, P., (May 2016) Case-based teaching for interprofessional post-graduate trainees in adolescent health. Journal of Adolescent Health. 58(5): 567-572. doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2016.01.011].

Thabault, P, Burke, P, Ades, P. (2015) Intensive Behavioral Treatment Weight Loss Program in an Adult Primary Care Practice. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.  DOI: 10.1002/2327-6924.12319.

Gooding H, O’Reilly C, Weitzman E, Burke P, Goncalves A, Pitts S. (October 2015) Transitioning Bryan: The Transition to Adulthood and the Medical Home. MedEdPORTAL Publications.

Pitts S, Borus J, Harris S, Siegel J, Gooding H, Goncalves A, Levy S, Weitzman E, Burke P.      (October 2015) Benefiting Brad: An Interprofessional Case of Adolescent Substance Use and       ADHD. MedEdPORTALPublications.

Kells, M, Dunn, K., Melchiono, M., & Burke, P. (May/June 2015). Advance Practice Nurse Fellowships: Creating Awareness, Creating Opportunities. Journal of Pediatric Health Care. 29:    297-301.

Sonneville, K, Freizinger, M., Forman, S, Burke, P, Goncalves, A, Pitts, S, & Gooding, H.(October 2014). Treating Taylor: Multidisciplinary Management of Eating Disorders.       MedEdPORTAL Publications.​10.15766/​mep_2374-8265.9938

SAHM Clinical Services: Sexual/Reproductive Health Subcommittee (April 2014). Sexual       and Reproductive Healthcare: A Position Paper of the Society for Adolescent Health and       Medicine. Journal of Adolescent Health. 54(4):491-496.

Shrier, L., Rhoads, A., Burke, P., Walls, C., & Blood, E. (2014). Real-Time, Contextual       Intervention Using Mobile Technology to Reduce Marijuana Use among Youth: A Pilot Study.       Addictive Behaviors, 39(1), 173-180. DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2013.09.028

Shrier, L., Rhoads, A., Fredette, M., & Burke, P. (2014). Counselor in Your Pocket: Youth and       Provider Perspectives on a Mobile Motivational Intervention for Marijuana Use.  Substance Use      and Misuse.49(1-2), 134-144. doi:10.3109/10826084.2013.824470.

Long-Middleton, E., Burke, P., Cahill Lawrence, C., Blanchard, L., Amudala, N. & Rankin, S.       (September 2013). Understanding Motivations for Sexual Abstinence among Young Women:       Insights into Effective HIV Prevention Strategies. Journal of Pediatric Health Care27(5), 342-350. President’s Choice Award  DOI: 0.1016/j.pedhc.2012.02.010

Aruda, M. & Burke, P. (2013). Teenage Pregnancy. In W. O. O’Donohue, L. Benuto, & L.W.       Tolle (Eds), Handbook of Adolescent Health Psychology (551-564). New York: Springer       Publishing Company.

Dodson, N., Gray, S., & Burke, P. (2012). Teen pregnancy prevention on a LARC: an update on       long- acting reversible contraception for the primary care provider. Current Opinion in       Pediatrics, 24(4), 439-445.

Chalfin, S., Burke, P., & Tonelli, M. (2012). Intimate Partner Violence and Adolescent       Mothers. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, 25(2), 158-159.

Burke, P., Tonelli, M., & Chalfin, S. (2011). Adolescents’ Fertility Concerns: “I’m not trying to       get pregnant but if I did…”. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, 24(6), 413-414.

Areas of Expertise:
Adolescent Health; Motivational Interviewing, SBIRT

Honors & Awards:
Fellow, American Academy of Nursing – 2013
Fellow, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) – 2011
Neela Joshi, MD Excellence in Adolescent Care Award, New England Regional Chapter of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine – 2005
First Annual Art of Nursing Award, Sigma Theta Tau International, Alpha Chi Chapter – 2002
Dissertation Award, Sigma Theta Tau International, Region V – 1991
ANF Nancy Wright, M.S., R.N. Scholar, American Nurses’ Foundation – 1988

Appointments/Clinical Practice Affiliation:

LEAH Program Faculty, Boston Children’s Hospital, Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine.

Adjunct Associate Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Dept. of Social &

Behavioral Sciences.

Lecturer in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Professional and Community Service:
Advisory Group Member for Incorporating Transition into Preventive Care for Adolescents and    Young Adults – a collaborative effort of the National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health’s       Got Transition program and the University of California, San Francisco’s Adolescent and       Young Adult Health National Resource Center.

Member of the American Academy of Nursing’s Expert Panels: Child, Adolescent/Family Expert     Panel & the Psychiatric Mental Health & Substance Abuse Expert Panel.

Member of Eastern Nursing Research Society and the Family/Community Research Interest Group.

Member of Sigma Theta Tau International, Gamma Epsilon Chapter & Alpha Chi Chapter.

Member of  Society of Adolescent Health & Medicine – FSAHM Review and Program Committees.

Member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Bright Futures Expert Panel on Adolescence.

Member of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA)    and the Nursing SIG.