The same faculty members who teach on-campus at Sacred Heart University teach our online courses. Our distinguished faculty members have years of clinical experience and in many cases have studied Nursing Education and perform scholarly research.
Anne M. Barker, Ed.D., RN,Chair of the Nursing Department and Professor of Nursing
Dr. Barker holds an Ed.D. in Nursing Executive Role from Teachers College at Columbia University, an MSN in Cardiovascular Nursing from Catholic University of America, and a MSN from the University of Virginia. She worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs for 15 years and held the position of Chief Nursing Officer for 6 years. She has served on the faculty at Sacred Heart University since 1987, where her primary areas of teaching are graduate leadership and management, graduate and undergraduate research, and doctoral dissertation Advisement. Her professional interests include transformational leadership, complexity science and health care management.
Dr. Barker has authored, co-authored and edited many books and journal articles, including Advanced Practice Nursing: Evolving for the Transformation of the Profession (written with fellow SHU professor Susan DeNisco), Role Competencies for Clinical Managers: The Renaissance of Transformational Leadership, and Leadership in Dietetics: Achieving a Vision for the Future. She was honored with the Josephine Dolan Award for Excellence in Nursing Education by the Connecticut Nurses Association in 2012.
Audrey M. Beauvais, DNP, MSN, MBA, RN-BC, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Patient Care Service Administration Master's Track
Dr. Beauvais earned her BSN degree from Fairfield University, her MSN and MBA degrees from Sacred Heart University and her DNP from Case Western University. Her professional background includes positions as a psychiatric and mental health nurse and a clinical case manager. For the past several years, Dr. Beauvais has worked in various leadership positions at Stamford Hospital, including the nurse manager of the psychiatric and pediatric units, case manager, and performance improvement coordinator. She also holds a range of formal certifications, including Clinical Nurse Leader, Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse and Certified Nurse Case Manager. She has also received various honors, including the Sacred Heart University College of Education and Health Professions Dean's Leadership Award in 2008. Her research interests include mental health nursing, emotional intelligence, nursing student performance and leadership.
Marlene Beck, DNP, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Beck earned her BSN from Western Connecticut State University, her MSN from Sacred Heart University and her DNP from Case Western Reserve University. At SHU she teaches classes in the areas of nursing education and nursing leadership. Her research interests include incivility in nursing education and the workplace, retention and remediation, professionalism and mentoring, and curriculum development and evaluation. She has given presentations on her topics of interest for several groups, including the Connecticut Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses and the Drexel University Nurse Educator Conference.
Linda L. Cook, DNP, MPH, BSN, NNP-BC, APRN, Assistant Professor
Dr. Cook earned her BSN at Ohio State University, her MPH at New York Medical College and a DNP at the University of Connecticut. Her professional interests include neonatal care, obstetrics and pediatrics. She was awarded the Outstanding Doctoral Student DNP Award from the Mu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau in 2010, the Nightengale Award for Excellence in Nursing in 2009 and the Nurse Exemplar Award in 2003.
Susan DeNisco, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CNE, CNL, Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director and Executive Director of the Center for Community Health and Wellness
Dr. DeNisco received a DNP degree in Clinical Leadership from Case Western Reserve University, an MS in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program from Pace University, and a BSN from Western Connecticut State University. Her impressive career includes 22 years of clinical experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner in a variety of primary care settings. Her professional interests include medically underserved populations including disenfranchised groups such as migrant farm workers, refugees and the homeless, and she has done extensive research on vulnerable populations, diabetes in African-Americans, depression and anxiety disorders, and medication adherence in the elderly.
She is the coauthor (with fellow SHU professor Anne Barker) of the book Advanced Practice Nursing: Evolving Roles for the Transformation of the Profession. Her many professional honors include the Diamond Jubilee Award and the Florence Wald Award for Excellence in Nursing Education from the Connecticut Nurses Foundation.
Harriet A. Fields, Ed.D., RN, Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. Fields has a BSN from Mount Saint Mary's College, an Ed.M. in Public Health Nursing Education from Teachers College at Columbia University and an Ed.D. in Community Health Education and Nursing Education from Columbia University. Her areas of professional interest include health care policy, professional nursing leadership in health care reform, professional behavior in education and practice, and global health care and nursing. She is a board member of the Mama Project, a nonprofit that works to increase literacy and professional skills of women in developing countries for sustainable socio-economic development.
Michelle I. Johnson, Ed.D., BSN, Assistant Professor
Dr. Johnson's professional and research interests include nursing education, transcultural nursing and pediatrics and adolescent medicine. She has a BSN from the University of Michigan, a Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing Education from Wayne State University, an MSN from Georgia State University and an Ed.D. from the University of Phoenix.
Linda Morrow, DNP, MBA, MSN, Assistant Professor
Dr. Morrow earned her BSN at Edinboro State University, her MSN at Georgia College & State University, an MBA at Mercer University and a DNP at Duquesne University. Her research topics include nursing administration, leadership development and management, patient safety and quality, magnet recognition programs, nursing informatics and faith community/parish nursing. She is a Certified Peri-Operative Nurse (CNOR) and a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ). Dr. Morrow is also an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Appraiser.
Sherry L. Roper, MSN, Ph.D. Assistant Professor
Dr. Roper earned a BSN and an MS in Community and Public Health at Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Her research interests have explored childhood obesity and the use of spatial mapping techniques to track disease occurrences.
Linda L. Strong, Ed.D., RN, Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of the RN to BSN Program
Dr. Strong received her Ed.D. in Nursing Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, an MSN in Community Health Nursing from the Catholic University of America, and a BSN from the University of Bridgeport. Dr. Strong's areas of expertise and scholarly research include community health nursing, geriatrics, and emergency preparedness. She is the nursing coordinator at Sacred Heart University's St. Charles Health and Wellness Center, providing outreach care for an underserved, multicultural population. Her past positions includes posts as a lecturer at the University of Massachusetts and as an assistant professor at Montana State University.
To learn more about the accomplished faculty members teaching in our nursing programs, call us at 877-791-7181 to speak to an admissions team member or request more information.