1978- Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a minor in Environmental Studies at Southern Connecticut State University






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Pamela Aselton PhD, MPH, FNP-BC

Associate Clinical Professor

DNP and CNL Program Director

UMASS Amherst College of Nursing


413 545-5089


2010- PhD in Nursing at University of Massachusetts Amherst - Dissertation “The Lived Experience of College Students Who Have Been Medicated with

Antidepressants” Advisors Dr. Eileen Hayes/Dr. Christine King

1995 – Master of Science in Nursing in the Family Nurse Practitioner program at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Internship at Wesson Women’s Clinic at Baystate Medical Center and Masters Project on Migrant Farm Worker’s Health with Dr. Jesse Ortiz

1983- Master of Science in Public Health with a major in Epidemiology and a Minor in Environmental Health at University of Massachusetts Amherst Internship National Cancer Institute – Family Studies Section.

Thesis-“Trends in Testicular Cancer in the United States” Advisor Dr. Harris Pastidees

1978- Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a minor in Environmental Studies at Southern Connecticut State University

Certification from ANCC as Family Nurse Practitioner Teaching and Research Experience:

2014 – Present- Associate Clinical Professor at UMASS Amherst College of Nursing Director of DNP and CNL programs

Chair of Graduate Academic Matters for DNP Courses taught include:

Fall 2015

N615 Advanced Pathophysiology N890A- Capstone I Course

2009-2014 Summer Session – Adjunct faculty


N725 Leadership of Public Health Systems (2 years)

2003- 2009 Clinical Assistant Professor/Teaching Associate

Clinical Faculty in the Community Health Course Clinical Faculty for NP Master’s students

Course Coordinator for the Community Health Course Teaching Assistant for Pediatrics

Teaching Associate/Lecturer in Community and Public Health

2009 – 2014 Associate Professor University of Saint Joseph Nursing Department Interim Chair Nursing Department October 2011- June 2013

Graduate Program Director – September 2010- present Supervising MSN Students, developing plans of study Developing the DNP program and curriculum

Courses taught include:

Nursing 505 Health Care Policy and Leadership (four semesters) Nursing 507 Advanced Physical Assessment (two semesters) Nursing 509 Nursing Practice in Family Health IV (three semesters) Nursing 511 Advanced Clinical Practicum (six semesters) Nursing 518 Family Theory (one semester) Nursing 535 Advanced Pharmacology (three semesters) Nursing 703 Quantitative Methods/Biostatistics (one semester) Nursing 723 Healthcare Policy (one semester) Nursing 725 Research Translation (one semester) Nursing 780 Clinical Practicum I (one semester) 1983 -1985 Epidemiologist at Boston Collaborative Drug Surveillance Program Utilized Group Health Cooperative patient database to conduct studies

on prescription drugs and possible disease connections in collaboration with FDA and pharmaceutical companies

Clinical Experience:

2002 – 2014 Nurse Practitioner per diem - Springfield College Health Services

2005- 2009 Home Care and Hospice Nurse – part time for local agencies.


1996 - 2001 Nurse Practitioner - Smith College in Northampton

1995 – 1996 Nurse Practitioner - Medical West Associates in Longmeadow

1992–1994 Triage/Weekends RN- Kaiser Permanente in Amherst/Northampton

1989 - 1991 Public Health Nurse - Visiting Nurses in Northampton 1978-1980 Registered Nurse - Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Neurosurgery/ Oncology

Peer Reviewed Publications:

Aselton, P.J. & Affenito, S. (2014). “Privacy issues with the Electronic Medical Record” Annals of Nursing Practice, 1 (2):1009.

Aselton, P., Joerg, K. & Affenito, S. (2013). “Finding the Middle Ground – Adopting the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) for Nurse Practitioner Education as a Post-Masters Program while leaving Master’s Level Education Intact” Journal of Clinical Nursing Studies, (1), 51-55.

Aselton, P. & Smolka, H. (2013). “Incorporating Office Procedure Skills into a Family Nurse Practitioner Program”, Journal of Nursing Education, (52), 360.

Aselton, P. (2012). “Creative Methods for Teaching Advanced Pharmacology Online To Family Nurse Practitioner Students,” Journal of Nursing Education, (52) 64.

Aselton, P. (2012). “Sources of Stress in American College Students who have been Diagnosed with Depression,” Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, (25) 119-123.


Elderly as a Community Health Nursing Clinical Site,” Journal of Nursing Education, 50 (3) 163

Aselton, P., Stergachis, A., (1984). Increasing Incidence of Ectopic Pregnancy, Journal of the American Medical Association, 251 (4), 469

Aselton, P., Jick, H., Chentow, S.J., Rothman, K, (1984). Pyloric Stenosis and Maternal Bendectin Exposure, American Journal of Epidemiology, 120, 251- 56.

Aselton, P., Jick, H. Hunter, J., (1985). Phenylpropanolimine Exposure and Subsequent Hospitalization, Journal of the American Medical Association, 253 (7), 977

Aselton P., Jick, H., Habakangas, J., (1984). Benzodiazepine Related Convulsions, Pharmacotherapy, May-June (4) 3, 164

Aselton, P., Jick, H., Milunsky, A., Hunter, J., Stergachis, A., (1985). First Trimester Drug Use and Congenital Disorders, Obstetrics and Gynecology, (65), 4, 451-455.

Beard, K., Belic, L., Aselton, P., Jick, H. (1986). Outpatient Drug-Induced Parenchymal Liver Disease Requiring Hospitalization, Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, (26) 8, 633-637.

Brown, LM, Pottern, LM, Hoover, RN, Devas, SS, Aselton, P & Flannery, JT, (1986). Testicular Cancer in the United States: Trends in Incidence and Mortality. International Journal of Epidemiology, (15) 2, 167-170.

Other Publications:


Open Access Scientific Reports http://dx.doi.org/10.4172/scientificreports.126, Journal of Nursing and Care

Aselton, P, (2013). “College Students on Antidepressants” Global Journal of Medical Research, Pharma, Drug Discovery, Toxicology and Medicine, 13 (6), version 1

Professional Peer Reviewed Presentations:

Creative Methods for Teaching Advanced Pharmacology Online, presented at the National Organization for Nurse Practitioner (NONPF) Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 2013.

The Experience of College Students on Antidepressants- Science in Society Conference University of California, Berkeley, presented November 16, 2012

Educating Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners (NPs) along with Family NPs – (NONPF) Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, April, 2011

Other Presentations:

The Lived Experience of Depressed College Students- Saint Joseph College Department of Nursing Research Day, March 2012.

The Use of Antidepressants in College Students – UMASS Worcester, 2010 Sexually Transmitted Disease Lecture at Springfield College, 2002

Eating Disorders Lecture at Smith College, 2000 - 2001.

Trends in Testicular Cancer in the United States 1987– Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Grants and Awards


Award for Outstanding Community Service and Engagement (2009) UMASS Commonwealth College - Ann Whalen Wellness Clinic

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) - Advanced Education in Nursing Traineeship Program (2011-2012). Provided $28,943 for Master of Science students at Saint Joseph College studying to be Nurse Practitioners


Applied for $60,000 HRSA grant for 2012-2013 – not granted

Supported Academics & Voluntary Enrichment to Retain Nursing Students (Save RNs) Grant extension $16,874 (Summer 2013) – Helped to write grant extension, wrote interim report and worked with faculty and staff in business office on budget

Nightingale Award from The University of Saint Joseph Department of Nursing- May 2014.

Accreditation Documents:

Doctor of Nursing Practice Proposal for Saint Joseph College Department of Nursing to the Connecticut State Department of Higher Education, November 2010.

NEASC Application for the Doctor of Nursing Practice at Saint Joseph College Department of Nursing, October, 2011.

Strategic Plan for DNP 2013- response to NEASC visit 2012

CCNE Accreditation Self Study for the Department of Nursing, 2013

CCNE Accreditation Study for DNP and Post Master’s Psychiatric Mental Health NP Certificatewith Associate Dean Patricia Morgan.

Board and Society Memberships:

Senior Health Advisory Group for the Senior Center in Amherst – 2007-2009 Eastern Nursing Research Society – 2009-2010

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners – 2010-2014

National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties – 2010-2014

Deans and Directors – American Association of Colleges in Nursing- 2011-2013

Committee Work:


FAC Ad Hoc Committee on Non-tenure track promotions University of Saint Joseph (USJ), 2013-2014


Faculty Affairs Committee – USJ 2010-2012 School/College

Graduate Academic Matters for the DNP Program 2014-2015 UMASS Amherst College of Nursing (CON)

HRSA Grant Meetings on Incorporating Psychiatric Mental Competencies into Curriculum – UMASS CON

School of Health and Natural Sciences Workload Committee USJ 2012-2013 School of Health and Natural Science Strategic Planning Committee USJ 2014 Department

DNP Sub-Committee Chair – USJ 2011-2013

Research Committee Chair Nursing – USJ 2011-2012

Search Committees for Faculty searches – USJ 2012, 2013 and 2014

Editorial Work:

2013 – Reviewer for Dove Press in areas of adolescent health and women’s health 2014 - Invited to be on the Editorial Board for Annals of Nursing and Practice





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