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Paula Nersesian, PhD, MPH, RN

Assistant Professor
Paula Nersesian
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Administration/Health Systems Mngmt
  • Community
  • Community / Public Health
  • Education
  • Family
  • Global
  • Global Health
  • Infectious Disease
  • Loneliness
  • Public Health


Paula Nersesian has practiced public health nursing in the U.S. and in developing countries for over 30 years. Her extensive health promotion and disease prevention experience spans efforts to improve health for populations, families, and individuals. As a nurse educator, she guides graduate students in learning core content on public health in live and online courses, and through field work. Dr. Nersesian draws on her expertise in global and domestic health programs to bring program development, implementation, and evaluation into focus. Her research examines loneliness and biomarkers of systemic inflammation among middle-aged U.S. adults, and linkages between neighborhood quality and loneliness. She is also the Principal Investigator of the Healthy NABAR project, which explores health services for refugees and their families in the Baltimore area. Dr. Nersesian is an active member of the International Family Nursing Association, where she serves as the liaison between the Research and Communications Committees. She earned her PhD and MPH from Johns Hopkins University, and her BSN from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

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  • Publications/Research

    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.

  • Awards/Honors

    2017-19  New Nursing Faculty Fellowship, Maryland Higher Education Commission

    2016  Jonas Veterans Healthcare Scholarship, Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare

    2016  Liesel M. Hiemenz Scholarship, Nurses Educational Funds

    2016-17  NIH TL1 Fellowship, Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

    2013-15  NIH T32 Fellowship, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

    1992  Post-graduate research Fellowship, Professional Studies Program in India, University of California, Berkeley

    1992  Lazarian Graduate Scholarship, Armenian Relief Society, for post-graduate research

    1991  Lillian Hiss/Ethel Crosby Scholarship, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, for MPH studies

    1991  Lazarian Graduate Scholarship, Armenian Relief Society, for MPH studies

    1991  Maryland District 20 Senatorial Scholarship, for MPH studies

    1991  Professional Nurse Traineeship Grant, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, for MPH studies

    1987   Admitted to Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nurses