Susan Jo Roberts, DNSc, ANP, FAAN

Professor, Director Primary Care Adult and Family Nurse Practitioner
  • School of Nursing

Résumé/CV:
Office: 106B Robinson Hall
Phone: 617-373-3130
Email: s.roberts@neu.edu

Dr. Roberts’ research and scholarship have focused on the development of knowledge regarding women who have been oppressed and/or stressed. Early in her career she discussed the impact of oppressed group behavior on nurses and the impact it has on care of patients and careers of nurses. Secondly, she was Principal Investigator of the Boston Lesbian Health Study which surveyed lesbians across the US regarding their health in 1987 and again in 1997. A second study looked at Lesbian attitudes and beliefs regarding overweight and obesity. Her third area of research interest involves the relationship of psychological assaults and health. She has looked at the impact of these assaults and specifically childhood sexual assault on use of primary care services. Most recently, Dr. Roberts is a co-investigator on a series of projects related to screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and ways in which to build resilience and decrease health problems in persons with a history of ACEs.

Dr. Roberts is an Adult Nurse Practitioner and is the Specialization Coordinator for the Adult and Family Nurse Practitioner Programs in the School of Nursing.

Education:
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 SJ (2014). Primary Care of Sexual Minority Women: Recommendations from the research. The Nurse Practitioner, in press.

Roberts, SJ & Glod, C. (2013). Faculty Roles: Dilemmas for the future of Nursing Education. Nursing Forum 48(2), 99-106.

Roberts, S.J. & Glod, C. (2010). Relationships between Aggression, Depression and Alcohol, Tobacco: Implications for Primary Care of College Students. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 22(7), 369-375.

Roberts, S.J., Stuart-Shor, E. & Oppenheimer, R. (2010). Lesbian attitudes and beliefs regarding overweight and weight reduction. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 19(13-14), 1986-1994.

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. (2008). The Development of the Nurse Workplace Scale (NWS): Self-advocating Behaviors and Beliefs in the Professional Workplace. Journal of Professional Nursing. 24(5), 296-301.

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.

Roberts, S.J. (2006). Health care of Lesbians: Recommendations from the research. Journal of Obstetrical, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing, 35(5), 583-591.

Roberts, S.J. & Glod, C. (2005). The Practice Doctorate in Nursing: Is it the Answer? American Journal of Nurse Practitioners, 9(11), 56-65.

DeMarco, R., Roberts, S.J., Chandler, G. (2005). The use of a writing group to enhance voice and connection among staff nurses. Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, 21(3), 85-90.

Roberts, S.J., Grindel, C.,Patsdaughter, C.A., DeMarco, R., & Tarmina, M.S.(2004). Lesbian use and abuse of alcohol: Results of the Boston Lesbian Health Project II. Substance Abuse 25(4), 1-9.

Roberts, S.J., Grindel, C., Patsdaughter, C.A., Reardon, K., & Tarmina, M.S. (2004). Mental health needs and use of services of lesbians: Results of the Boston Lesbian Health Project. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services 17(4) 1-16.

Roberts, S.J., Patsdaughter, C.A., Grindel, C. & Tarmina, M.S. (2004) Health Related Behaviors and Cancer Screening of Lesbians: Results of the Boston Lesbian Health Project II. Women & Health, 39(4):41-55.

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