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Dean and Professor, Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing

Courses Taught

Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Clinical (Baccalaureate Program, Boston College); Theories of Psychotherapy for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing (Masters Program, Boston College); Advanced Qualitative Research Methods (PhD Program, Boston College); Knowledge Development in Nursing (PhD Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison)


  • B.S.N., University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • M.N., Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – New Orleans
  • D.N.S., Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – New Orleans
  • Postdoc  Two Summer Internship, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests

Dr. Willis’ program of research and scholarship focuses on nursing promotion of health, wellbeing, and healing in the aftermath of marginalizing and traumatic experiences. His work has been recognized with research and leadership awards, including research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He has mentored undergraduate, masters, and PhD students in research from nursing, social work, and counseling psychology and published widely in nursing and related journals. Topics include qualitative research methods, nursing science and theoretical foundations of the discipline, child abuse survivorship, the aftermath of hate crime, school children being bullied, child witness to violence, mental health, spirituality, and healing. He has served as chair of the American Psychiatric Nursing Association (APNA) Research Council and the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) Expert Panel on Nursing Theory Guided Practice. His publication with colleagues on a central unifying focus for the discipline of nursing ‘facilitating humanization, meaning, choice, quality of life, and healing in living and dying” published in Advances in Nursing Science has garnered national and international recognition for its relevance to nursing.

Publications and Media Placements

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