Susan Jo Roberts, DNSc, ANP, FAAN

Professor & Director, Adult Gerontology Primary Care NP Program
  • School of Nursing

Office: 106B Robinson Hall
Phone: 617-373-3130

Education and Training:
DNSc  Boston University
MHS   University of California, Davis
BS        University of Rochester

Board Certifications:
Adult Nurse Practitioner

Co-investigator with Karen Kalmakis PhD, RN (PI) and Virginia Chandler PhD, RN. Screening for adverse childhood experiences among adult primary care patients of Nurse Practitioners, funded by the American Nurses Foundation, 9/2014-present.

Chandler, G & Roberts, S, (2012). Learned Resilience Intervention for Young Adults with Adverse Childhood Experiences. University of Massachusetts SON grant, ($5000), 6/2012-2015

Principal Investigator. “Transition to the RN Workforce”, supported by a grant from the Fuld Foundation to the Duke University School of Nursing, 4/07-9/09.

Principal Investigator (with E Stuart-Shor). “Attitudes, Beliefs and Practices related to cardiovascular health and risk reduction among lesbians”, funded by the Lesbian Health Fund, 3/06 to 9/10.

Selected publications:
Kalmakis, K., Chandler, G. & Roberts, S.J. (2017). Nurse practitioner screening for childhood adversity among adult primary care patients: A mixed-method study. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 29(1), 35-45.

Chandler, G.E., Roberts, S.J. & Chiodo, L. (2015).  Resilience intervention for young adults with adverse childhood experience.  Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 21:6, 1-11

Roberts S. J (2015). Primary Care of Sexual Minority Women: Recommendations from the research. The Nurse Practitioner, 40(12), 24-32.

Roberts S. J (2015).  Lateral Violence in Nursing Over the Past Three Decades: A Review.  Nursing Science Quarterly, 28: 36-41.

Roberts, S. J. & Glod, C. (2013). Faculty Roles: Dilemmas for the future of Nursing Education. Nursing Forum 48(2), 99-106.

Lancaster, J., Wong, A & Roberts S. J. (2012) ‘Tech’ Versus ‘Talk’: A Comparison Study Of Two Different Lecture Styles Within a Master Of Science Nurse Practitioner Course. Nurse Education Today 32, e14-e18.

Roberts, S. J. & Glod, C. (2010). Relationships between Aggression, Depression and Alcohol, Tobacco:  Implications for Primary Care of College Students.  Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 22(7), 369-375.

Roberts, S. J., Stuart-Shor, E. & Oppenheimer, R. (2010).  Lesbian attitudes and beliefs regarding overweight and weight reduction.  Journal of Clinical Nursing, 19(13-14), 1986-1994.

Roberts, S.J., DeMarco, R. & Griffin, M. (2009).  The effect of oppressed group behavior on the culture of the Nursing workplace: A review of the evidence and interventions for change.  Journal of Nursing Management 17:3, 1-6.

DeMarco, R., Roberts, S.J., Norris, A.E. & McCurry, A. (2008).  The Development of the Nurse Workplace Scale (NWS): Self-advocating Behaviors and Beliefs in the Professional Workplace.  Journal of Professional Nursing. 24(5), 296-301.

DeMarco, R., Roberts, S.J., Norris, A.E. & McCurry, A. (2007).  Refinement of the Silencing the Self Scale (Work) (STSS-W) for Registered Nurses, Journal of Nursing Scholarship. 39(4), 375-378.

Grindel, C., McGehee, L., Patsdaughter, C.A., Roberts, S.J. & Tarmina, M.S. (2006). Cancer Prevention and Screening of Lesbians.  Women & Health . 44(2), 15-39.

Roberts, S.J. (2006). Health care of Lesbians: Recommendations from the research. Journal of Obstetrical, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing,  35(5), 583-591.

Roberts, S.J. & Glod, C. (2005). The Practice Doctorate in Nursing: Is it the Answer? American Journal of Nurse Practitioners, 9(11), 56-65.

DeMarco, R., Roberts, S.J., Chandler, G. (2005). The use of a writing group to enhance voice and connection among staff nurses.  Journal for Nurses in Staff  Development , 21(3), 85-90.

Roberts, S.J., Grindel, C.,Patsdaughter, C.A., DeMarco, R., & Tarmina, M.S.(2004). Lesbian use and abuse of alcohol: Results of the Boston Lesbian Health Project II. Substance Abuse 25(4), 1-9.

Roberts, S.J., Grindel, C.,Patsdaughter, C.A., Reardon, K., & Tarmina, M.S.(2004). Mental health needs and use of services of lesbians: Results of the Boston Lesbian Health Project.  Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services 17(4) 1-16.

Roberts, S.J., Patsdaughter, C.A., Grindel, C. & Tarmina, M.S. (2004) Health Related Behaviors and Cancer Screening of Lesbians: Results of the Boston Lesbian Health Project II. Women & Health, 39(4):41-55.

Roberts, S.J. (2004). Empowerment of Older Women:  Strategies to enhance their health and health care.

Journal of Obstetrical, Gynenological and Neonatal Nursing, 33(5):664-670.

DeMarco, R. & Roberts, S.J. (2003).  Negative Behaviors in Nursing.  The American Journal of Nursing, 103(3): 113-116.

Roberts, S. (2002). Case Report: Identifying mutism’s etiology in a child.  The Nurse Practitioner, 27(10): 44-45,47-48.

Roberts, S. (2001). Lesbian health research: A review and recommendations for future research.  Health Care for Women International 22: 537-552.

Cochran, S., Mays, V., Bowen, D., Gage, S., Bybee,D., Roberts, S.J., Goldstein, R.S., Robison, A., Rankow, E.J. & White, J. (2001). Cancer-related risk indicators and preventive screening behaviors in lesbian and bisexual women. American Journal of Public Health, 91:4:591-597.

Roberts, S. (2000). Primary health care of survivors of childhood sexual abuse: How can psychiatric nurses be helpful? Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 6:6:191-195.

Roberts, S. (2000). Developing a positive professional identity: Liberating the oppressor within oneself. Advances in Nursing Science, 22:4: 71-82.

Roberts,S., Sorensen,L., Patsdaughter, C.A. & Grindel, C.(2000). Sexual  behaviors and sexually transmitted diseases in lesbians: Results of the Boston Lesbian Health Project. Journal of Lesbian Studies, 4:3:49-70.

Roberts,S. & Sorensen, L.(1999). Health-related behaviors and cancer screening of Lesbians: Results from the Boston Lesbian Health Project.  Women and Health, 28:4:1-12.

Roberts,S.& Sorensen,L.(1999). Prevalence of childhood sexual abuse and related sequelae in a lesbian population. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, 3:1:11-19.

Roberts, S., Reardon, K., Rosenfeld,S.(1999). The sequelae of childhood sexual abuse: A pilot study on the impact on primary health care.  AWHONN Lifelines 3:1: 39-45.

Chandler, G. & Roberts, S. (1998). Student perceptions of empowerment in their graduate program. Revolution, 8:2:43-46.

Roberts, S. (1998). Health Promotion as empowerment: Suggestions for changing the balance of power. Clinical Excellence for Nurse Practitioners 2:3:183-187.

Roberts,S. (1997). Nurse executives in the l990’s: Empowered oppressed? Nursing Administration Quarterly 22:l:64-71.

Sorensen, L. & Roberts,S. (1997) Lesbian uses and satisfaction with mental health services: Results from the Boston Lesbian Health Project. Journal of Homosexuality 33:1:35-49.

Roberts, S.,Tabloski,P. & Bova,C.(1997) Epigenesis of the Nurse Practitioner Role Revisited. Journal of Nursing Education 36:2:67-73.

Roberts,S. (1996) The Sequelae of Childhood Sexual Abuse: A primary care focus for adult female survivors. The Nurse Practitioner, 21:12:42,45,49,50,52.

Roberts, S.J. & Chandler,G.(1996) Empowerment of Graduate Nursing Students: A Dialogue Toward Change. Journal of Professional Nursing, 12:4:233-239.

Roberts, S.J. (1996) Breaking the cycle of oppression: Lessons for nurse practitioners? The Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 8:5:209-214.

Roberts,S.J. & Sorensen,L.(1995) Lesbian Health Care: A Review and Recommendations for Health Promotion in Primary Care Settings. The Nurse Practitioner , 20:6:42-47.

Roberts,S. J.,Krouse,H. & Michaud,P. (1995). Negotiated and Non- Negotiated Nurse-Patient Interactions: Enhancing Perceptions of  Empowerment. Clinical Nursing Research 4:1:67-77.

Roberts, S.J. (1994) Somatization – An important area for Nurse Practitioners. The Nurse Practitioner  19:5:47-56.

Hamilton, G.A., Roberts, S.J., Johnson, J.M., Tropp, J.R., Anthony-  Odgren, D. & Johnson, M.F. (1993).  Increasing Adherence in patients with primary hypertension: an intervention.  Health Values 7:1:3-11.

Roberts, S. J. (1990).  Psycho-social assessment of the high utilizer of occupational health services.  AAOHN Journal 38:2:62-66.

Roberts, S. J. & Krouse, H. (1990). “Negotiation as a strategy to empower self-care”,  Holistic Nursing Practice, 4:2.

Krouse, H.J. & Roberts, S. (1989). “Nurse-Patient Interaction: Power, Control and Satisfaction, Western Journal of Nursing Research, 11:6.

Krouse, H., Krouse, J. & Roberts, S.J. (1988). Preliminary validation of a nurse-patient interaction tool, Perceptual-Motor Skills.  67:281-2.

Roberts, S.J. & Krouse, H. (1988).  “Enhancing Self Care Through Active Negotiation”, The Nurse Practitioner 13:8:44, 47, 50-2.

Roberts, S.J. (1988). “Hyperventilation Syndrome”, Emergency Nursing 14:3: 175-179.

Roberts, S.J. (1988).  “Social support and help-seeking: a review of the literature”, Advances in Nursing Science.  10:2:1-11.

Roberts, S.J. (1984). “Social Support – its meaning, measurement and implications for community health nursing practice”, Public Health Nursing  1:3:158-167.

Roberts, S.J. (1983). “Oppressed Group Behavior:  Implications for Nursing”, Advances in Nursing Sciences 5:4:21-30.

Roberts, S.J. & Garling, J. (1981). “The Menstrual Myth Revisited”  Nursing Forum  20:3:267-273.

Roberts, S.J. (1980). “Dysmenorrhea”,  Nurse Practitioner  5:4:9-10.

Honors & Awards:
Member, Gamma Epsilon Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau
American Nurses Foundation Research Scholar – 1978
Nurses Educational Fund Honorary Scholarship – 1982
Pre-doctoral Research Fellowship (#1F31 NU-05557-01), DHHS, USPHS, 1982-1984
Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, Inducted 2004
Nurse Practitioner of the Year, Mass Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, 2008

Appointments/Clinical Practice Affiliation:
Urgent Care NP – Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Wellesley

Professional and Community Service:
Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners – Chair, Research Committee 2013-present,      Political Action Committee Board 2002- present