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Susan Sullivan-Bolyai,

Associate Professor, Director Florence S. Downs PhD Program in Nursing Research & Theory Development
433 First Ave Room 606
New York, NY 10010
Areas of Specialization 

Family management interventions for children with special health care needs; qualitative research

1999-2002 - Postdoctoral, Intervention research fellowship, Yale University
1999 - DNSc, Nursing Science Research, Yale University
1981 - Postmasters, Chronic condition children/family, University Washington
1978 - MN, Clinical nurse specialist, child/family, Emory University
1976 - BSN, Nursing, Metropolitan State College
Professional Overview 
For decades Dr. Sullivan-Bolyai has worked clinically with children who have special health care needs and their families. Since 1995 she has focused her research on preparation, education and support for families to help manage childrens’ care in the home and community settings. Her main areas of expertise are clinical interventions that address parent social support and education for Type 1 Diabetes day-to-day management, including the innovation of using a child-size human patient simulator for parent and child education.
Honors and Awards 
2013 American Academy Nursing Fellow
2007 Dean’s Award University of Massachusetts, Worcester
2005, 2006 Doctoral Faculty Award University of Massachusetts, Worcester
2005 Eastern Nursing Research Society Distinguished Contribution to Nursing Research Award-Junior Investigator
2003 Maternal Child Nursing Research Paper of the Year Award
1978 Sigma Theta Tau
RN: Illinois, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York
Professional Membership 
American Nurses Association
Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science
International Family Nursing Association
Massachusetts Association for Registered Nurses
Sigma Theta Tau
Specialists in Pediatric Nursing

Nurse GN 3353 Knowledge appraisal and Development

Sullivan-Bolyai, S., Feetham, S. (2013). History Lesson: How a little girl and her family moved mountains to change care and policy to help children with special health care needs go home. Journal of Family Nursing, 19, 278-280. 10.1177/1074840713483496.
Sullivan-Bolyai, S., Crawford, S., Lee, M. (2012). Educating diabetes camp counselors with a human patient simulator. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 17, 121-128. 10.1111/j.1744-6155.2011.00322.x.
Sullivan-Bolyai, S., Bova, C., Johnson, K., Crawford, S., Lee, M. (2012). Parent education through simulation-diabetes (PETS-D): An education intervention for parents of children newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Educator, 38, 50-57. 10.1177/0145721711432457.
Bova, C, Drexler, D., Sullivan-Bolyai, S. (2012). Reframing the Influence of HIPAA on Research. CHEST Journal, 141, 782-786. 10.1378/chest.11-2182.
Sullivan-Bolyai, S., Bova, C., Lee, M., Gruppuso, P. (2011). Mentoring fathers of children diagnosed with T1DM. MCN:The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing , 36, 224-231. 10.1097/NMC.0b013e3182183bf5.
Sullivan-Bolyai, S., & Lee, M. (2011). Parent mentor perspectives on providing social support to empower parents (STEP). Diabetes Educator, 37, 35-43. 10.1177/0145721710392248.
Sullivan-Bolyai, S., Bova,C., Leung,K., Trudeau,A., Lee,M., Gruppuso, P. (2010). Social Support To Empower Parents (STEP): An intervention for parents of young children newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Educator, 36, 88-97. 10.1177/0145721709352384.
Sullivan-Bolyai, S. (2009). Familias apoyadas: Latino families supporting each other for diabetes care. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 24, 495-505. 10.1016/j.pedn.2008.07.007.
Sullivan-Bolyai S, Bova C, Deatrick JA, Knafl K, Grey M, Leung K, Trudeau A. (2007). Barriers and strategies for recruiting study participants in clinical settings. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 29, 486-500. 17538128.
Sullivan-Bolyai S, Rosenberg R, Bayard M (2006). Fathers' reflections on parenting young children with type 1 diabetes. Maternal Child Nursing, 31, 24-31. 10.1097/00005721-200601000-00007.
Sullivan-Bolyai, S., Bova, C., & Harper, D. (2005). Developing and refining interventions in persons with health disparities: The use of qualitative description. Nursing Outlook, 53, 127-133. 10.1016/j.outlook.2005.03.005.
Bova, C., Sullivan-Bolyai, S., Ogawa, L. Hepatitis C Treatment Experiences and Decision-Making Among Patients Living with HIV Infection. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 21, 63-74. 10.1016/j.jana.2009.07.009.
Self-Management of Type 1 Diabetes Across Adolescence Keough, L., Sullivan-Bolyai, S., Crawford, S., Dixon, J., & Schilling, L. . Diabetes Educator, 37, 486-500. 10.1177/0145721711406140.