Skip Navigation

Melissa Kurtz, MSN, MA, RN

Melissa Kurtz

Doctoral Type:

PhD Candidate




Marie T. Nolan, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, and Cynda H. Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN
View CV


Melissa Kurtz is a NICU nurse with a BSN from the University of Florida and a joint master’s degree in nursing and religion (ethics concentration) from Yale University. From 2011-2013, she served as a bioethics fellow at Montefiore Medical Center (Bronx, NY).  Her research interests include parent decision making, the role of parents' religion/spirituality in the care of their ill child, and facilitating parent adaptation/involvement during their child’s acute illness. Melissa’s research goal is to identify protective factors that may help parents who have experienced the birth of a critically ill child.

Dissertation Focus

Parents of infants with congenital anomalies, Parents’ religion/spirituality, Parents' mental and physical health, Parenting role during a child's critical illness

Major Achievement(s)

  • TL1 Pre-doctoral Clinical Research Training Award (2014-2015)
  • Isabel Hampton Robb Scholarship Recipient, Nurses Educational Fund, Inc. (2014)
  • Professional Development Award, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (2014)