Faculty Profile: Mary Sullivan, PhD, MS, BS

Mary Sullivan, PhD, MS, BS
Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics
Work: +1 401-453-7635


Dr. Sullivan's interdisciplinary research has focused on the biological, psychological, social, and environmental factors to understand the developmental trajectories of preterm infants. She leads one of the longest running NIH follow-up study of premature infants at adulthood in the United States. Taking a longitudinal approach enables prospective testing to determine if prematurity impacts early disease onset within a context of lifetime medical and environmental risks. These data bring a strong body of research evidence to clinical strategies invoking nurse-parent partnership and restructuring specific components of the environmental context to promote optimal infant development. She brings a fresh perspective on preterm development to this significant national and international issue.

Grants and Awards

2008 Louise White Award, Delta Upsilon Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau
2008 Ellen Rudy Clore Writing Award for Research by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
2010 Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
2012 President's Award, Eastern Nursing Research Society
2012 Selected Participant (inaugural cohort), AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
2013 Sustained Contributor, Eastern Nursing Research Society
2013 Appointed member, Health Professionals Loan Repayment Program, Dept of Health, State of Rhode Island


Eastern Nursing Research Society
Council for Advancement of Nursing Science
American Academy of Nursing
American Nurses Association
Rhode Island State Nurses Association
National League of Nursing
Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Upsilon Chapter (RI)

Funded Research

RO1 NR003695 (Sullivan) 9/25/2008-6/30/13 NCE
Risk & Protection in Trajectories of Preterm Infants: Birth to Adulthood

Women & Infants Hospital Department Funds
MRI in Moderate and Late Preterm Infants