Faculty & Staff
Mary Fischer, RN, MSN, PhD, WHNP-BC
Program Director - Post-Master's Certificate Program
Professional Publications & Contributions
Mary Fischer, PhD MSN WHNP-BC earned a nursing diploma from the Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing, a BA in Psychology from UMass Boston, and an MSN from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. In 2011, she earned a PhD from the UMass/Worcester Graduate School of Nursing; she received the Dempster NP Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners for her dissertation on Women’s Experiences with Discontinuing Menopause Hormone Therapy.
Clinically, Dr. Fischer practices as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Atrius Health Inc. where she provides care for women across the lifespan; she is also one of the clinicians in the subspecialty Menopause Consultation Service. She is certified as a Menopause Practitioner and also holds certifications as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator. She is also the Nursing Education Coordinator at Atrius Health, where she works to establish clinical-academic alliances and promote staff development.
At UMass Boston she teaches in the Master’s Program, and has recently been appointed as the Director of the Post-Master’s Certificate Program. Her teaching and research interests include Women’s Health, menopause and alternative strategies for symptom management, and qualitative/mixed methods research. She has also served on the Consumer Education Committee of the North American Menopause Society and was part of the 2011-2013 cohort of the North American Menopause Society Research Mentorship Program.