C Dorsen

Caroline G Dorsen


Assistant Professor

1 212 998 5300

433 First Avenue
Room 528
New York, NY 10010
United States

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Professional overview

Caroline Dorsen is a Family Nurse Practitioner (NP) with over two decades of experience as a health educator, RN and NP. She received a BA from UC Berkeley in anthropology, a BS in nursing from NYU, a MSN from Yale, all magna cum laude, and a PhD from NYU. Her dissertation was on Nurse Practitioner’s attitudes towards, and experiences working with, lesbian, gay and bisexual patients: a grounded theory. An adjunct professor of nursing at NYU since 2003, she joined the faculty full-time in 2005 as the Coordinator of the Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program. In 2012 she became the inaugural coordinator of NYU’s Family Nurse Practitioner Program and in 2015, she transferred to the tenure track as an Assistant Professor and Affiliated Investigator with the Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR). Caroline’s research focuses on the health promotion, disease prevention and reduction of healthcare disparities for underserved populations including new immigrants, the homeless and LGBT persons. She has been a primary care provider at numerous community health centers and was a founding member of the NYU College of Nursing Faculty Practice. In her current clinical practice she provides full scope primary care to homeless adolescents and adults.

5/2014 PhD Nursing Research and Theory Development, New York University College of Nursing, New York, NY
5/2001 MSN Family Nurse Practicioner, Yale University, New Haven, CT Magna Cum Laude
5/1997 BS Professional Nursing, New York University, New York, NY Magna Cum Laude
12/1991 BA Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA Magna Cum Laude
Honors and awards
NYUCN Outstanding Dissertation Award (2014)
Book of the Year (Gerontological category), American Journal of Nursing (2010)
Agnes and Rosemary Ludden Award for Innovative Nursing Practice, New York University College of Nursing (2010)
Vernice Fergueson Faculty Scholar Award New York University College of Nursing (2007)
Milton and Anne Sidney Prize, Yale University School of Nursing (2001)
Founder’s Day Award, New York University (1997)
Helene Fuld Distinguished Scholar, Helene Fuld Trust (1997)
Spirit of Nursing Award, National Student Nurse Association (1997)
Ursula Springer Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Writing, Ursula Springer, Inc (1997)
Baccalaureate Student Achievement Award, New York University Division of Nursing (1997)
Helene Fuld Nursing Fellow, Helene Fuld Trust (1996)
Underserved populations
Substance use
Primary care
Professional membership
Eastern Nursing Research Society,
Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI),
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF),
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners,
National League of Nursing

Physical and mental health needs of LGBT older adults

Lim, F. A. &, Dorsen, C (2013). Physical and mental health needs of LGBT older adults Physical and mental health needs of LGBT older adults Springer Publishing Company.

An integrative review of nurse attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender patients.

Dorsen, C. (2012). The Canadian journal of nursing research = Revue canadienne de recherche en sciences infirmieres 44, (18-43).

A growing body of literature suggests that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons have significant health disparities as compared to heterosexuals. Although the reasons for this are complex and multifactorial, one area of research has examined the real or perceived negative attitudes of health-care providers. This integrative review critically appraises and synthesizes data from 17 articles regarding nurses' attitudes towards LGBT patients. Every study analyzed showed some evidence of negative attitudes. However, the literature revealed major limitations, including a paucity of well-designed studies; a dearth of qualitative studies; inconsistent use of validated, reliable instruments; and a lack of measures examining attitudes towards lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons. Increased knowledge in this area could lead to interventions to improve nurses' cultural competency; resource allocation to nursing research, education, and services related to LGBT health; and inclusion of more LGBT content in nursing curricula.

Oral health care and smoking cessation practices of interprofessional home care providers for their patients with HIV.

VanDevanter, N., Dorsen, C. G., Messeri, P., Shelley, D., & Person, A. (2012). Journal of interprofessional care 26, (339-40). 10.3109/13561820.2012.676107

The need for oral health services among patients with HIV, especially those in advanced stages of disease and those who smoke, has been well documented. Patients receiving HIV-related home care services provide an opportunity for assessment of oral health and smoking cessation needs; however, the majority of home care providers lack formal training to provide these services, thus interprofessional collaborations may be of value. This study assessed the oral health and smoking cessation practices of a random sample of 81 HIV home care providers. Results showed very favorable attitudes toward providing these services with some differences across disciplines. More than 70% of nurses would like to receive additional training in comprehensive oral health assessment by dental professionals. The study provides evidence for the potential of expanding these services for patients with HIV through interprofessional collaboration, in particular with nurses and dentists.

Short- vs Long-Course Antibiotics for Acute Exacerbations of Chronic Bronchitis

Bashlian, R.A., Sun, C.J., & Dorsen, C.G. (2012). The Journal for Nurse Practitioners 8, (534-539). 10.1016/j.nurpra.2012.01.001 Elsevier BV.

Success stories

Auerhahn, C., Dorsen, C., Hammer, M.J., Meyer, K., Taub, L.F.M. & Wollman, M.C. (2010). In C. Auerhahn, L. Kennedy-Malone, Integrating gerontological content into advanced practice nursing education Integrating gerontological content into advanced practice nursing education (147-174). Springer Publishing.

Vulnerability in homeless adolescents: concept analysis.

Dorsen, C. (2010). Journal of advanced nursing 66, (2819-27). 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2010.05375.x

This paper is a report of an analysis of the concept of vulnerability in homeless adolescents.

The oral-systemic connection in primary care.

Haber, J., Strasser, S., Lloyd, M., Dorsen, C., Knapp, R., Auerhahn, C., … Fulmer, T. (2009). The Nurse practitioner 34, (43-8). 10.1097/01.NPR.0000346593.51066.b2

Barriers to volunteer enrollment in HIV preventive vaccine clinical research trials: a review of the literature.

Hurley-Rosenblatt, A., & Dorsen, C. The Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care : JANAC 22, (330-4). 10.1016/j.jana.2010.12.001

Cardiac biomarkers in persons with HIV infection: a review of the literature.

Chandler, C., & Dorsen, C. The Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care : JANAC 25, (83-91). 10.1016/j.jana.2012.11.007