Heidi Collins Fantasia

Heidi Collins Fantasia, Nursing

Heidi Collins Fantasia, Nursing

Assistant Professor
HSSB 177


Women’s Health

Research Interest

  • 2012-2013 “Investigating the Occurrence of Reproductive Coercion Among College Students” School of Health and Environment seed grant; PI: Fantasia, co-investigators Dr. Melissa Sutherland and Dr. Holly Fontenot
  • 2012-2013 “Measuring Consent and Power in Sexual Relationships Among a Sample of College Students” University of Massachusetts Lowell start-up funds; PI: Fantasia, co-investigators Dr. Holly Fontenot and Dr. Melissa Sutherlan
  • 2010-2011 “The Intersection of Violence and the Reproductive Health of Women" Co-investigator. American Nurses Foundation, $10,000. PI: Dr. Melissa Sutherland, Co-investigator: Holly Fontenot
  • 2009-2011  “Mechanisms Underlying Preterm Birth in Minority Women” Project and Data Manager. NINR funded 5R01NR010552. PI: Dr. Susan Gennaro
  • 2008-2009  “Late Adolescents’ Perceptions of Factors that Influenced Their Sexual Decision Making: A Narrative Inquiry”. PI, doctoral dissertation.
  • 2007-2009  “Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs about the Human Papillomavirus and Vaccine among College Men”; “Unwanted Sex in College Women” (Secondary data analysis). Co-investigator. PI: Dr. Jennifer Allen, Co-investigator Holly Fontenot

Educational Background

2009-2011 Post Doctoral Fellowship, Boston College
2009 PhD, Boston College
1997 MS, Women’s Health, Boston College
1990 BSN, Salem State College


Dr. Heidi Collins Fantasia is an assistant professor of nursing at University of Massachusetts Lowell and a visiting scholar at Boston College, William F. Connell School of Nursing. She earned her PhD at Boston College in 2009 where her dissertation work focused on adolescent sexual decision making. Her post doctoral fellowship was at Boston College where she served as the project and data manager for the NINR funded study 5R01NR010552 “Mechanisms Underlying Preterm Birth in Minority Women” (Dr. Susan Gennaro, PI). Dr. Fantasia received her MS from Boston College in 1997 with a concentration as a women’s health nurse practitioner. Her BSN was from Salem State College in 1990. She is also employed as a nurse practitioner for Health Quarters, a Title X family planning and STD clinic in northeastern Massachusetts. Her clinical work is directed toward a primarily adolescent and young adult population and focuses on sexual and reproductive health and safety, contraception management, and routine gynecologic care. Dr Fantasia’s research interests include adolescent sexual decision-making, sexual safety, sexual consent, the experience of unwanted sex, and the intersection of violence and reproductive health. She has published and presented nationally and internationally on a variety of topics related to women’s health. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, AWHONN, the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health, and the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners.