UMass Boston

Lisa Heelan-Fancher

Associate Professor
Quinn Administration, Floor 02

Areas of Expertise

Maternal and Child Health, Health Equity, Social Determinants of Health, Women's Health, Evidence-based Practice, Mixed-methods


PhD, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
Post Master's Certificate Nursing Education, College of Mount St. Vincent, Riverdale, NY
Post Master's Certificate, Columbia University, New York, NY, Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN, Columbia University, New York, NY, Adult Nurse Practitioner
BSN, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ, Nursing

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Dr. Heelan-Fancher is a board-certified family and adult nurse practitioner and certified nurse educator. She is the recipient of the Massachusetts American Nurses' Association 2020 Excellence in Nursing Research award and the 2018 Pearl Rosendahl Teaching Excellence award. Her program of research is focused on advancing birth equity for women of color and using evidence to develop interventions that support women in early labor.

Teaching Expertise

Evidence-based practice & research
Maternity and Women’s Health
Ethics and health policy

Professional Memberships/Affiliations

American Nurses Association                              
Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nursing      
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Greater Boston Nursing Collective
National League of Nursing
Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health
Sigma Theta Tau
Society of Rogerian Scholars

Awards and Accomplishments

2020: Healey Award, $10,000 funded. Developing a prototype for a telehealth intervention for pregnant women in early labor.
2020: Grant recipient: Fund for Enhancing Interdisciplinary Research, McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies and College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Boston.
2020: American Nurses Association Massachusetts: Excellence in Nurse Researcher Award.
2018: Pearl Rosendahl Teaching Excellence Award, Sigma Theta Tau International, Theta Alpha Chapter, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA.
2016: Anne Kibrick Research Award, Sigma Theta Tau International, Theta Alpha Chapter, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA.
2011-2015: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Scholar.