Susan Jo Roberts, DNSc, ANP, FAAN

Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs, Professor, Director Primary Care Adult and Family Nurse Practitioner Specializations
  • School of Nursing

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

DNSc, Boston University
MHS, University of California, Davis
BS, University of Rochester

Certification: Adult Nurse Practitioner

Specialization: Primary care nursing

Research Interests:  
As principal investigator of the Boston Lesbian Health Project, Dr. Roberts has been researching the healthcare needs of lesbians for three decades. Her research has helped clarify healthcare priorities and mental health needs for this population and contributed to more informed and sensitive care. Currently she is using focus groups to determine attitudes and beliefs of lesbians related to cardiovascular risk reduction, a study funded by the Lesbian Health Fund. She is also studying the relationship between oppressed group behavior and empowerment in nurses and patients, and the ways in which depression and aggression affect health behaviors.

Grants: Advanced Education Nursing Traineeships, HRSA, June 2008.

Community engagement: 
Nurse Practitioner of the Year, Mass Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, May 2008; Research Scientist, NIH funded LGBT Population Center, The Fenway Institute, 2007-present; Executive Consultant, Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners.

Selected publications: 
Roberts, S.J. & Glod, C. (2009). Relationships between aggression, depression and alcohol, tobacco:  Implications for Primary Care of College Students.   Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, in press.
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. (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.
Highlights of Faculty Research at the School of Nursing