Susan DeNisco, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CNE, CNL is Director, Doctor of Nursing Program
and Executive Director, College of Health Professions Center for Community Health and

Clinical Affiliations: St. Vincent’s Medical Center: Family Health Center; Southwest
Community Health Center. 

Dr. DeNisco coordinated the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at SHU from 2000-2010. She
led the development of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program which was implemented
in 2010. Susan received a DNP degree in Clinical Leadership from Case Western Reserve
University, an MS in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program from Pace University, and a
BSN from Western Connecticut State University. Dr. DeNisco is the Executive Director of
College of Education and Health Professions, Center for Community Health & Wellness.
She served on the Executive Board of the Connecticut Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Society in a variety of elected positions including President from 2005-2009. She is
certified as a Childbirth Educator by the Council of Childbirth Education Specialists. 

Dr. DeNisco's career includes 22 years of clinical experience as a Family Nurse
Practitioner in a variety of primary care settings. Her work has largely focused on
medically underserved populations including disenfranchised groups such as migrant farm
workers, refugees and the homeless. Dr. DeNisco's current clinical practice areas
include internal medicine and women's health care at a large federally qualified
health center in Bridgeport, CT. Her scholarly interests include evidence-based treatment
modalities for depression and anxiety disorders and she has published several articles on
these topics. Her doctoral research focused on the relationship between resilience and
diabetes outcomes in African American women. She is the recipient of numerous state and
national awards including the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Connecticut State
Award for Excellence, The National Nursing Center Consortium Primary Care Champion Award
and most recently the Connecticut Nurses Association, Diamond Jubilee Josephine Dolan
Award for Outstanding Contributions to Nursing Education. She has been awarded several
grants by the Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging to implement health promotion
programs for elderly Latinos residing in Bridgeport. 

As a Family Nurse Practitioner, Dr. DeNisco feels she is able to combine her love for
clinical practice with teaching since education provides the foundation for all health
promotion activities. 

Degrees: D.N.P., Clinical Leadership, Case Western Reserve University; M.S., Clinical
Nurse Specialist, Family Primary Care Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pace
University; B.S.N., Western Connecticut State University. 



Advanced Practice Nursing: Evolving Roles for the Transformation of the Profession (with Anne M. Barker ed.), Nursing Faculty Publications (2013)

Nursing’s national accrediting bodies, including the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the National League...

Role Development for the Nurse Practitioner (with Julie G. Stewart), Nursing Faculty Publications (2013)

Role Development for the Nurse Practitioner provides a unique insight into the roles and activities...


Contributions to Books


Case Presentation, Consultation, and Collaboration in Primary Care (with Holly B. Bradley), Nursing Faculty Publications (2014)

The oral case presentation skill is at the heart of the way healthcare providers communicate.



Family-Focused Clinical Practice: Considerations for the Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Faculty Publications (2014)

As nurse practitioners we interface with the patient at point of care and often neglect...



Professional Employment (with Julie G. Stewart), Nursing Faculty Publications (2014)

In this final chapter of the book Role Development for the Nurse Practitioner editors Stewart...



Reimbursement for Nurse Practitioner Services (with Lynn Rapsilber), Nursing Faculty Publications (2014)

This chapter will inform the nurse practitioner of the tools for reimbursement and how to...




Emotional Intelligence and Spiritual Well-Being (with Audrey M. Beauvais and Julie G. Stewart), Nursing Faculty Publications (2014)

Understanding factors that influence spiritual well-being may improve nurses’ spiritual caregiving. This study examined relationships...



Factors Related to Academic Success Among Nursing Students: A Descriptive Correlational Research Study (with Audrey M. Beauvais; Julie G. Stewart DNP, MPH; and John E. Beauvais), Nursing Faculty Publications (2013)

Background:The current rise in employment is improving forecasts for the future supply of registered nurses;...



Exploring the Relationship Between Resilience and Diabetes Outcomes in African Americans, Nursing Faculty Publications (2011)

Purpose: The purpose of this descriptive, correlational study is to describe the relationship between resilience...



Self-Mutilation in Adolescents: Recognizing a Silent Epidemic (with Constance Glenn), Nursing Faculty Publications (2006)

This article describes the physical and emotional manifestations of self-mutilation behavior (SMB) in adolescents and...


Popular Press


Nursing Faculty Partner on Book: Role Development For the Nurse Practitioner, Sacred Heart University News Story (2013)

Sacred Heart University Professors Susan DeNisco and Julie Stewart recently published a textbook for nursing...




Emotional Intelligence And Spiritual Well-Being Among Nursing Students (Abstract) (with Audrey Beauvais and Julie G. Stewart), Eastern Nursing Research Society, 25th Annual Scientific Sessions, April 17-19, 2013: Nursing Research: A Bridge to the Future of Healthcare (2013)

Purpose: To examine the relationship between emotional intelligence and spiritual well-being among nursing students. Conclusion...