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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 the past 30 years. Her extensive health promotion and disease prevention experience spans efforts to improve health for populations, families, and individuals. Dr. Nersesian’s research examines loneliness and biomarkers of systemic inflammation among middle-aged U.S. adults, and linkages between neighborhood quality and loneliness. As a nurse educator, she guides pre-licensure graduate students in learning core content on public health in live and online courses, and through field work. Drawing on her expertise in global and domestic health programs, she teaches graduate students program development and evaluation. She is a mentor to Nurse Faculty of the Future scholars and an active member of the International Family Nursing Association, where she serves as the liaison between the Research and Communications committees. Dr. Nersesian earned her PhD in nursing and MPH from Johns Hopkins.