Angela Nannini

Angela Nannini, Nursing

Angela Nannini, Nursing

Associate Professor
HSSB 367


Health policy, health equity, population health, women’s health across the life span, health-care workforce

Research Interest

• Health Policy
• Health Equity to eliminate health disparities
• Using a life course approach to study family health
• Health care of urban populations
• Women’s health
• Measures of maternal health including non-pregnancy-related morbidities such as injuries and mental health and substance abuse
• Pre-conception and Interconception care
• Health-care workforce

Educational Background

Ph.D.:   Brandeis University, Florence Heller School of Social Policy with concentration  in Health Policy
MSN: Vanderbilt University; Family Nurse Clinician
BSN:  Georgetown University
Certification:  Family Nurse Practitioner


Dr. Angela Nannini, an Associate Professor in the Department of Nursing, joined UMass Lowell in 2009.   She earned her Ph.D. from Brandeis University, where she studied health policy and focused on health disparities resulting in a dissertation on sexual assault of women with disabilities. She was prepared as a family nurse practitioner with a Masters of Science in Nursing at Vanderbilt University.   Dr. Nannini received her Bachelors in Science in Nursing from Georgetown University. She has received several awards during her career; most notably she was awarded the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioner’s first Distinguished Nurse Practitioner of the Year Award in 1998, the 2004 ANA Presidential Scholar Award from the American Nurses Foundation and the 2007 Massachusetts Association of Colleges of Nursing Innovative Teaching Award.

As a family nurse practitioner, conversant in Spanish, Dr. Nannini has worked for over 30 years with various Latino populations as well as other underserved low income groups.  Her experiences in clinical care have inspired her work in public health policy and nursing education.  She has worked in various capacities at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for over 20 years on a variety of primary care, maternal-child health and nursing issues with community stakeholders across the Commonwealth.    Dr. Nannini has taught nursing at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels.  Most recently she has taught courses in health policy, urban health and epidemiology.

Dr. Nannini’s research focuses on health policy related to health disparities, women’s health, maternal and child health and health care workforce issues. Her research has been funded by the American Nurses Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the MA Department of Public Health. Dr. Nannini has a number of peer-reviewed publications and is a manuscript reviewer for the Maternal Child Health Journal, the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health and Nursing Research. 
She is a member of many nursing and public health organizations at the local and national levels, including the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses (MARN), the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, Eta Omega Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International, the Eastern Nurses Research Society, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and the Massachusetts and American Public Health Associations. She currently chairs the MARN Policy Committee.