Dr. Patrice K. Nicholas is currently Professor and Chairperson for Advanced Practice at the MGH Institute of Health Professions at Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions Graduate Program in Nursing and Nurse Administrator at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is a certified adult nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist in adult health. Dr. Nicholas’ primary research focus is on HIV/AIDS care and research, particularly symptom management in HIV/AIDS; and quality of life in chronic illness. Her recent work is focused on adherence to HIV and TB medications in South Africa; symptom management for peripheral neuropathy; and quality of life in patients with colorectal cancer. Dr. Nicholas was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Germany in 2003 addressing demographic challenges and health issues in Western Europe; she also serves as Visiting Professor at Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium. Dr. Nicholas is the author of numerous publications related to the care of individuals with HIV/AIDS and quality of life in chronic illness. Dr. Nicholas began at the MGH in 1977 in a variety of staff positions (staff nurse, nurse manager, clinical nurse specialist) and joined the faculty at the MGH Institute in 1989. She will be a Fulbright Senior Scholar in South Africa 2007 for a lecturing/research award to investigate neuropathy symptoms in HIV disease.
Dr. Nicholas is a member of the HIV/AIDS International Nursing Research Network at the University of California San Francisco. She serves on the manuscript review panels of several journals including AIDS Care, American Journal of Nursing, Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, Nursing Research, and The Journal of Nursing Scholarship. Dr. Nicholas also holds an appointment at the Cantor Center at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. She is the Regional Coordinator for Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, which includes responsibilities for nursing in southern Africa and the Netherlands.
Dr. Nicholas received her Doctor of Nursing Science degree at Boston University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in health services research at the Harvard School of Public Health in 1999. She also completed a Master of Public Health degree in International Health at Harvard focusing on HIV/AIDS. She holds a Master’s degree in Nursing at Boston University and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Primary Care (Nurse Practitioner Program) at the MGH Institute of Health Professions.