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Anne-Marie Barron, Ph.D, PMHCSBN-BC

Anne-Marie Barron, Ph.D, PMHCSBN-BC

Anne-Marie Barron, Ph.D, PMHCSBN-BC

Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Curriculum and Student Affairs

Anne-Marie Barron, Ph.D, PMHCSBN-BC

About

Anne-Marie Barron, PhD, PMHCNS-BC is Associate Professor and Chair for Undergraduate Nursing at Simmons College. Dr. Barron received her B.S. in nursing from Boston College, her M.S. in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and her PhD from Boston College. Dr. Barron has taught across the undergraduate curriculum in a number of courses: Psychiatric Nursing; Leadership and Management; Nursing Research, and Caring at the End of Life. As well, she has integrated psychosocial content across the undergraduate and graduate curricula. Dr. Barrons teaching, practice, and research interests are focused on meaning and illness and the understanding and alleviation of suffering. Her central goals in nursing education are to guide and support students as they develop perspectives and skills that enable them to offer healing presence in the lives of their patients.

Dr. Barron currently practices part-time as a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist on the Inpatient Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital where she consults with the staff on the psychosocial dimension of oncology care. Dr. Barron holds an appointment as Faculty Nurse Scientist at the Yvonne Munn Center for Nursing Research at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her current research focus is on Promoting the Integration of Therapeutic Touch in Nursing Practice on an Inpatient Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Unit.


Education

  • Ph.D. Nursing, Boston College 2000
  • M.S. Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 1975
  • B.S. Nursing, Boston College 1972

Professional Experience

July 2008 - Present Associate Professor and Chair Undergraduate Nursing
Department of Nursing, School of Nursing and  Health Sciences
Simmons College, Boston, MA
September 2006 - Present Associate Chair for Undergraduate Nursing
Department of Nursing, School for Health Sciences
Simmons College, Boston, MA
June 2008 - June 2009 President
Faculty Senate
Simmons College, Boston, MA

June 2007 - June 2008 President-Elect
Faculty Senate
Simmons College, Boston, MA

May 2007 - Present Faculty Nurse Scientist
Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research
Institute for Patient Care, Massachusetts General Hospital
June 2006- 2008 Associate Clinical Scientist
Phyllis F. Cantor Center
Research in Nursing and Patient Care Services
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
June 2002 - Present Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist (part-time)
Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Unit
Massachusetts General Hospital
2003 - 2006 Undergraduate Level Coordinator
Department of Nursing, School for Health Studies
Simmons College, Boston, MA
2001 - 2007 Assistant Professor
Department of Nursing, School for Health Studies
Simmons College, Boston, MA
1999 - 2001 Instructor
Department of Nursing, School for Health Studies
Simmons College, Boston, MA

Research

  • Principal Investigator: An Exploration of Factors that Facilitate the Integration of Therapeutic Touch in Nursing Practice on an Inpatient Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Unit. Massachusetts General Hospital.
  • Co-investigator: Disclosure: Effects on Women with Metastatic Breast Cancer. Dana Farber Cancer Institute (ongoing).
  • Co-investigator: Facing the Challenges of Stem Cell/Bone Marrow Transplant with Mindfulness Meditation: A Pilot Study. Dana Farber Cancer Institute (ongoing).
  • Co-investigator: The Experiences of Nurses Providing Therapeutic Touch in and Oncology Setting. Massachusetts General Hospital (2003-2004).
  • Co-investigator: Physicians and Nurse Practitioners: Complements or Competitors? University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA (2000-2003).
  • Principal investigator: Life Meanings and the Experience of Cancer: Application of NewmanDoctoral Dissertation, Boston College (2000).
  • Co-investigator: Management of Resistive Behaviors in Advanced Dementia, Veterans Administration Hospital, Bedford, MA. Doctoral Fellow, Boston College (1998-1999).

Research Presentations (Peer-Reviewed)

  • Bauer-Wu, S., Fonteyne, M., Barron, A.M., Hayes, C., Kreicbergs, U., and Roy, N. (2007). "Perceptions of Medical Wrongdoing: Analysis of Narratives by Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients". International Conference on Communication in Heath Care, Charleston, S.C.
  • Barron, A.M. (November, 2001). Life Meanings and the Experience of Cancer. Sigma Theta Tau Convention, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Barron, A.M. (April, 2001). Life Meanings and the Experience of Cancer. Eastern Nursing Research Society, Annual Scientific Sessions, Atlantic City, NJ.
  • Mahoney, E. K., Hurley, A.C., Harvey, R., Bose, S., & Barron, A.M. (April, 2000). Effectiveness of Nursing Interventions to Decrease Behavioral Symptoms During Bathing Persons with Dementia. Eastern Nursing Research Society, Annual Scientific Sessions, Newport. RI.
  • Mahoney, E.K., Barron, A.M., Harvey, R., Bose, S., Volicer, L., & Hurley, A.C. (April, 1998). Resistiveness to Care Model. In A.C. Hurley (Chair), Measuring Variables: Assuring Content Validity by Using a Conceptual Model. Eastern Nursing Research Society, Annual Scientific Sessions, New York, NY.

Poster Presentations (Peer-Reviewed)

  • Barron, A.M., Coakley, A.B., Earl, R., Fitzgerald, E., Johnson, E., Jones, D., Leyva-Coffey, M., Mahoney, E., O'Sullivan, A., Somerville, J., and Thorley, L. (October, 2008). Integration of Therapeutic Touch in Nursing Practice on an Inpatient Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Unit. 2008 State of the Science Congress, Washington, DC.
  • Fonteyne, M., Barron, A.M., Hayes, C., Kreicbergs, U., Roy, N., and Bauer-Wu, S. (2007). The Experience of Living With Metastatic Breast Cancer: Insight Gained from Women's Expressive Writing. Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Breast Cancer Symposium, Boston, MA.
  • Barron, A.M., Coakley, A.B., Earl, R., Fitzgerald, E., Johnson, E., Jones, D., Leyva-Coffey, M., Mahoney, E., O'Sullivan, A., Somerville, J., and Thorley, L. (April 2007). An Exploration of Factors that Facilitate the Integration of Therapeutic Touch in Nursing Practice on an Inpatient Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Unit. Eastern Nursing Research Society, Annual Scientific Sessions, Providence, RI. (May 2007) Encore presentation at Nursing research Day, Massachusetts General Hospital.
  • Coakley, A.B and Barron, A.M. (April, 2005). A Study of the Experiences of Nurses Providing Therapeutic Touch in an Oncology Setting. Eastern Nursing Research Society, Annual Scientific Sessions, New York City.
  • Barron, A.M. (April, 2004). Initiating Reflective Practice Rounds on an Inpatient Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Unit. Twenty-ninth Congress of the Oncology Nursing Society in Anaheim, CA.
  • Barron, A.M. (March, 2000). Life Meanings and the Experience of Cancer. Eastern Nursing Research Society, Newport, RI.
  • Barron, A.M. and White, P. (April, 2000). Defining Terminology for Advanced Practice Nurses: An Update. National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty, Washington, DC.
  • Long-Middleton, E., Cashman, S., Kearney, M., Ferguson, W., Barron, A.M., and Hanson, A. (November, 2000). Physicians and Nurse Practitioner: Complements or Competitors. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
  • Mahoney, E.K., Hurley, A.C., Harvey, R., Barron, A.M. & Volicer, L. (September, 1998). Behavior and Stress Response to Bathing Persons with Dementia: Uncovering the Relationship. Better Health Through Nursing Research State of the Science Congress, Washington, DC.

Publications

  • Stevens, A.C., Barron, A.M., & Rissmiller, P. N. (2010). Palliative Care and Pain Management: Resources for Direct Care Providers. In Friedman, S. & Helm, D. (Eds.) End-of-Life Care for Children and Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Washington, D.C.: AIDD.
  • Christoffersen, J., Barron, A.M., Lynch, M. & Caroline, H. (In press). Integrating Psychosocial Skills into Medical-Surgical Curriculum in a Baccalaureate Nursing Program. Journal of Nursing Education.
  • Barron, A.M. & Coakley, A. B. (2010). Therapeutic Touch Practice and Research on an Inpatient Oncology and Bone marrow Transplant Unit: Creating a Caring and Healing Environment. Abstract. The Journal of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, 23, 1, 33-36.
  • Barron, A.M., Coakley, A.B., Fitzgerald, E.M. & Mahoney, E.K. (2008) Promoting the Integration of Therapeutic Touch in Nursing Practice on an Inpatient Oncology and Bone Marrow            Transplant Unit. International Journal for Human Caring, 12, 2, 81-89.
  • Barron, A.M. & White, P. (2008). Consultation. In A.B. Hamric, J.A. Spross & C. Hanson (Eds.), Advanced Nursing Practice (fourth edition). St. Louis: Elsevier Saunders (pp. 191-216).
  • Barron, A..M. (2007). Margaret Newman's theory and research method: A case illustration. In C. Roy & D. Jones (Eds.), Nursing knowledge development and clinical practice. New York: Springer Publication.
  • Barron, A.M. (2005). Suffering, growth and possibility: Health as expanding consciousness in end-of-life care. In C. Picard & D. Jones (Eds.), Giving voice to what we know: Margaret Newman's theory of health as expanding consciousness in practice, research, and education. (pp. 41-52) Boston: Jones and Bartlett.
  • Barron, A.M. & White, P. (2005). Consultation. In A.B. Hamric, J.A. Spross, & C. Hanson (Eds.), Advanced nursing practice (third edition). St. Louis: Elsevier Saunders. (pp. 225-255).
  • Barron, A.M. (2001). Life meanings and the experience of cancer. Dissertation Abstracts International, 54 (01), 3B (UMI No. 30-08589).
  • Barron, A.M. & White, P. (2000). Consultation. In A.B. Hamric, J.A. Spross, & C. Hanson (Eds.), Advanced nursing practice (second edition). Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders. (pp. 217-243).
  • Barron, A.M. & White, P. (1996). Consultation. In A.B. Hamric, J.A. Spross, & C. Hanson (Eds.), Advanced nursing practice. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Co. (pp.165-183).
  • Barron, A.M. (1989). The clinical nurse specialist as consultant. In A.B. Hamric & J.A. Spross (Eds.), The clinical nurse specialist in theory and practice (second edition.) (pp. 125 - 146). Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Co.
  • Barron, A.M. (1983). The clinical nurse specialist as consultant. In A.B. Hamric & J.A. Spross (Eds.), The clinical nurse specialist in theory and practice (pp. 91 - 113). New York: Grune and Stratton.

Awards

  • Visiting Nurse Scholar, Cambridge Health Alliance, 2006-2007
  • Leadership in Academic Nursing Program, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, selected participant, 2007
  • Distinguished Lecturer for the Annual Thomas Kloss Memorial Lectureship, Dana Farber Cancer Institure, 2006
  • Simmons College Fund for Research Grant, 2005
  • Simmons College Speakers Bureau. 2005-2006
  • Simmons College Professor of the Year Award, 2004
  • End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Curriculum Training, selected participant, Pasadena, CA,003