Research conducted by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS) faculty supports the mission and goals of the College and UMass Boston. Our programs of research and scholarship are designed to promote the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities, to prevent and manage chronic conditions among individuals from diverse populations, and to reduce health disparities nationally and globally. With funding from several Institutes within the National Institutes of Health (NIH), faculty from the Exercise and Health Sciences and the Department of Nursing have focused research efforts that can be viewed within a life course social-ecological perspective with emphasis on individuals and families from diverse racial, ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Theory-based interventions focus on promoting health through behavior change, with emphasis on physical activity and healthy nutrition for children, adolescents and adults, including those with special needs. Self-management, a cornerstone of chronic disease management, as well as interventions to improve symptom management and quality of life for vulnerable individuals and families are also emphasized in the CNHS' programs of research. Contexts for our research include schools, community-based centers and GoKids Boston, our interdisciplinary research, training, and community outreach facility. Finally, as can be noted on this web site, our faculty and PhD student research is designed to guide and inform multilevel policies including those central to optimizing health and health outcomes in national and international hospitals, clinics, schools and community environments.
Welcome to the Office of Research Website!
Laura L. Hayman, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Dean for Research