School of Nursing

Paula Nersesian PhD, MPH, RN

Assistant Professor
Paula Nersesian PhD, MPH, RN, University of Southern Maine School of Nursing Assistant Professor

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Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Johns Hopkins University
  • MPH, Johns Hopkins University
  • BSN, University of Michigan Ann Arbor


Dr. Paula Nersesian practices public health nursing in the US and countries in Asia and Africa. Her extensive health promotion and disease prevention experience spans efforts to improve health for populations, families, and individuals. As a nurse educator, she guides students in learning core content on public health in live and online courses, and through fieldwork. Dr. Nersesian draws on her expertise in overseas and domestic health programs to bring program development, implementation, and evaluation into focus. Her research has explored the relationship between loneliness, systemic inflammation, and neighborhood quality. She also explores health and health care among refugee and asylee populations. Dr. Nersesian is an active member of the International Family Nursing Association (IFNA), where she serves as the liaison between the Research and Communications Committees. She also co-authored a recent IFNA position statement on planetary and family health. Dr. Nersesian has disseminated her scholarly work at national and international conferences and through social media channels. She earned a PhD and MPH from Johns Hopkins University and a BSN from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Areas of Expertise

  • Loneliness 
  • Refugee health
  • Mentoring in nursing education
  • Rational use of medicines in global contexts

Recent Publications

  • Looman, W., Nersesian, P.V., Huffling, K. International Family Nursing Association (IFNA). (2020). IFNA Position Statement on Planetary Health and Family Health.
  • Gray, T., Azizoddin, D., Nersesian, P.V. (2020). Loneliness Among Cancer Caregivers: A Narrative Review. Palliative and Supportive Care, 18:3, 359-367. DOI: 
  • Foronda, C. L., Muheriwa, S. R., Fernandez-Burgos, M., Prather, S., & Nersesian, P. (2019). Medication Adherence of Latino Children and Caregivers: An Integrative Review. Hispanic Health Care International. Published online December 30, 2019.
  • Trojanowski, M., Stanforth, E., Hong, J., Khung, R., Nersesian, P.V. (2019) Addressing the Resurgence of Measles and Vaccine Refusal in the United States through Public Health Nursing. Public Health Nursing,  36:449–450. doi: 10.1111/phn.12639 (with four MSN students) 
  • Nersesian, P.V., Starbird, L. E., Wilson, D. M., Marea, C. X., Uveges, M. K., Choi, S.S.W., Szanton, S. L., & Cajita, M. I. (2019). Mentoring in Research-focused Doctoral Nursing Programs and Student Perceptions of Career Readiness in the United States. Journal of Professional Nursing. Available online April 15, 2019. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2019.04.005
  • Nersesian, P.V., Spaulding, E., Cudjoe, J., Starbird, L.E., White, K., &Commodore-Mensah, Y. (2018) Keeping it Contemporary: Ensuring dynamism in an online population health course. Journal of Nursing Education. In press.
  • Nersesian, P.V., Han, H., Yenokyan, G., Blumenthal, R., Nolan, M., Hladeck, M.D., and Szanton, S. (2018) Loneliness in Middle Age and Biomarkers of Systemic Inflammation: Findings from Midlife in the United Sates. Social Science and Medicine, 209(April), 174-181
  • Donnelly, M. K., Nersesian, P. V., Foronda, C., Jones, E. L., & Belcher, A. E. (2017). Nurse faculty knowledge of and confidence in teaching genetics/genomics. Nurse Educator, 42(2), 100–104.
  • Livingston, W. S., Rusch, H. L., Nersesian, P. V., Baxter, T., Mysliwiec, V., & Gill, J. M. (2015). Improved sleep in military personnel is associated with changes in the expression of inflammatory genes and improvement in depression symptoms. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 6, 1–15. doi:10.3389/fpsyt.2015.00059