Assistant Professor

Lisa Duffy, PhD, MPH, RN, CPNP-PC



MPH, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
PhD, Boston College, Connell School of Nursing
MSN, Boston College, Connell School of Nursing
BSN, Fairfield University

Board Certifications

Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, RN/APRN
Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, CPNP-PC
American Board of Neuroscience in Nursing, CNRN
Multiple Sclerosis Nurse International Certification Board, CMSN

Research Interests

Pediatric Chronic Conditions; Decision Making; Telehealth; Self-Management

Areas of Expertise

Healthcare Research


Principal Investigator. The Need for Therapeutic Relational Connection in Telehealth for Young Adults with Chronic Neurological Conditions. Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators. 2020-2023.
Total Award: $500,000.

Principal Investigator. Testing of a decision support tool for parents of children with multiple sclerosis. Investment Drives Ideas into Action, Boston Children’s Hospital. 2016.
Total Award: $8,862.

Principal Investigator. Decision making and disease modifying therapy in pediatric onset multiple sclerosis. Peabody Foundation, Inc. 2014-2016.
Total Award: $200,000.

Principal Investigator. Decision making and disease modifying therapy in pediatric onset multiple sclerosis. Webster Foundation. 2014.
Total Award $35,000.

Co-Investigator. (Rintell, PI). Parents of children and adolescents with MS. National Multiple Sclerosis Society. 2013 In kind.

Co-Investigator. (McCabe, PI). Fatigue and Tiredness in Hospitalized Children: Does Environment Matter? Boston Children’s Hospital, Department of Neurology 2011-present. Total Award: ($15,000), Oncology Nurses Society Foundation ($25,000), Harvard Catalyst Clinical Research Center Resources and Services Funding (5,000) Boston Children’s Hospital, Program for Patient Safety and Quality ($10,000)


Refereed Articles (Data-based)

Duffy, L.V., Sarill, K., Forbes, P., Camposano, S., & McCabe, M. (in press) Shared Decision Making and Disease Modifying Therapy in Families of Children and Adolescents with Pediatric Onset Multiple Sclerosis. Journal of Pediatric Nursing.

Hickey, J., Duffy, L. V., Hinkle, J. L., Prendergast, V., Rhudy, L. M., Sullivan, C., & Villanueva, N. E. (2019). Scholarship in Neuroscience Nursing. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing51(5), 243-248.

Cross, T. P., Shanks, A. K., Duffy, L. V., & Rintell, D. J. (2019). Families’ Experience of Pediatric Onset Multiple Sclerosis. Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, 1-11.

Duffy, L.V. & Vessey, J. A. (2016). A randomized controlled trial testing the efficacy of the Creating Opportunities for Parent Empowerment (COPE) Program for parents of children with epilepsy and other chronic neurological conditions. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 48, 166-174.

Dale, R. C., Brilot, F., Duffy, L. V., Twilt, M., Waldman, A. T., Narula, S., … & Eleftheriou, D. (2014). Utility and safety of rituximab in pediatric autoimmune and inflammatory CNS disease. Neurology, 83(2), 142-150.doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000000570.

Refereed Articles (Non-Data-based)

Duffy LV. (2011). Parental coping and childhood epilepsy: the need for future research. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 43(1), 29-35. doi: 10.1097/JNN.0b013e3182029846.

Duffy, L.V. (2009). The nurse’s role in treatment decisions for the child with neurological impairment. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 41(5), 1-7. doi: 10.1097/JNN.0b013e3181b2c752.

Book Chapters

Duffy, L. (2009). Hydrocephalus. In P. Allen Jackson, J. Vessey, and N. Schapiro (Eds.), Primary Care of the Child with a Chronic Condition (5th ed). St. Louis: Mosby.

Book Reviews

Duffy, L.V. (2011). [Review of the book Diseases of the Nervous System in Childhood (3rd ed.) London]. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 43(1),1.

Honors and Awards

Fellow, Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators, 2020
Nightingale Award, International Association of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses, 2020
Faculty Success Program, National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, 2019
Joint Information Technology Committee Award, Boston Children’s Hospital – 2015 to present
National Research Service Award (NRSA), 1F31NR010645 – 2008
University Fellowship, Boston College – 2006

Appointments/Clinical Practice Affiliation

Research Associate, Boston Children’s Hospital Department of Neurology.
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Franciscan Children’s Hospital.

Professional and Community Service

  • Member, Organizational Development Committee, Eastern Nursing Research Society, 2019 to Present
  • Member, American Nurses Association (ANA) Department of Health Policy, Advisory Committee of the Connected Health/Telehealth Professional Issues Panel, ANA, 2018
  • Member, Clinical Science: Research, Evidence Based Practice and Quality Committee, American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN), 2017 to 2019
  • Member, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science
  • Member, American Nurses Association/Massachusetts Nursing Association
  • International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses
  • Eastern Nursing Research Society
  • American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Gamma Epsilon Chapter

Contact Information


106H Robinson Hall


[email protected]



Curriculum Vitae