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About Jocelyn Bessette Gorlin, PhD

Jocelyn is an associate professor in the Department of Nursing. She has been a pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) in hematology (bleeding disorders) for over 25 years, first at Boston Children’s Hospital then at the Children’s Hospital Minnesota (CHM). She was one of the first nurse practitioners at Boston Children’s Hospital and was on the forefront of the pediatric AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, caring for children with hemophilia and AIDS.
Her research interest involves quality of life in families raising a child with severe chronic illness. She coordinated National Public Radio's StoryCorps® Legacy at CHM, where she led a group of healthcare team members to interview families who are raising a child with hemophilia or sickle cell disease.
She loves working with students and hopes to continue to involve students in special projects, curriculum development, and research at St. Kate's.
Jocelyn obtained her BSN from Villanova University, MSN from Yale University, and PhD from the University of Minnesota.
She is the mother of three children, one lovely grandson, a flat coat retriever named Jesse and a Bernese Mountain dog named Genevieve. With her husband, she has been involved in medical outreach work in several countries. He has helped to establish blood banks in developing countries and together they have educated healthcare providers about bleeding disorders.
In her spare time, she loves oil painting landscapes, gardening, and cross-country skiing.


September 2016 - Present Assistant Professor, St. Catherine University Nursing Department

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • LEND Fellowship: Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, University of Minnesota: Funded by the Department of Maternal Child Health, 2014–2015
  • Amy Wenger Fellowship in Pediatrics, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, 2013–2014
  • Theresa V James Fellowship (2) and Zenkovich Nursing Fellowship, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, 2012–2013
  • Villanova University: College of Nursing Medallion for Excellence in Clinical Practice. The College of Nursing's highest award, 2010
  • Nursing Excellence Award, National Hemophilia Foundation, 2009–2010
  • Twinning Award: World Federation of Haemophilia. Awarded to the hemophilia team at CHMC for our work in Yerevan, Armenia, 2005
  • Spirit Award: Outstanding employee recognition program. The Boston Children’s Hospital. Boston, Massachusetts, 1994
  • Nursing Excellence Award, National Hemophilia Foundation, 1992
  • Nursing Research Award, American Cancer Society, 1984


2016 PhD, Nursing, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
1984 MS, Nursing, Yale University
1980 BS, Nursing, Villanova University

Contact Information

St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Phone: 651-690-6585


Publications (4)

Books (2)

Abstracts (3)

Presentations (8)