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Melissa A. Sutherland, PhD, FNP-BC, FAAN

Professor and Director, Kresge Center for Nursing Research

Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences


Melissa Sutherland's research has advanced our knowledge of interpersonal violence among young women and provided evidence of the multiple system-level factors that act as barriers or facilitators of healthcare providers' violence-screening behaviors. She has led NIH and other funded research studies that have shifted the focus beyond the individual provider to identify the organizational and institutional factors that influence intimate partner and sexual violence screening among college women. These findings are being incorporated into the development of a theory-based intervention to promote screening.

Her work extends beyond the U.S. by contributing to the nursing profession and knowledge development in South American countries. In Ecuador, she leads an interdisciplinary team studying gender-based violence. As a Fulbright Fellow in Chile (spring 2017), she supported the development of a family nurse practitioner program (Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile [PUC]) and launched a sustainable mentoring program to increase research capacity. While there, she co-taught a course on global public health, collaborated on research with PUC faculty and mentored PUC faculty in the process of research publishing.

Sutherland is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and has taught community and public health at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.


  • PhD, nursing, University of Virginia
  • MS, nursing, Binghamton University
  • BS, nursing, Binghamton University
  • BS, rural sociology, Cornell University

Research Interests

  • Interpersonal violence
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Health behaviors

Clinical Interests

  • Public health
  • Sexual health

Teaching Interests

  • Global public health
  • Epidemiology
  • Population health
  • Research


  • Fulbright Scholar, Pontificia Universidad C├ítolica de Chile- Santiago, Chile
  • March of Dimes Nurse of the Year, Community/Public Health, 2015
  • Women's Health Research Award, National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health, 2013
  • Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow, National Academies of Practice, 2013

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Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae