Brenna Morse (formerly Quinn) is an assistant professor in the Solomont School of Nursing, Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Brenna Morse, Ph.D., RN-BC, NCSN, CNE

Associate Professor

Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences
Susan and Alan Solomont School of Nursing
Health and Social Sciences Building


Pain in Children, School Health, Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Research Interests

Key Research Area: Pain in children with intellectual disability and complex conditions

Current Projects: Evaluation of pain for hospitalized children with severe-profound intellectual disability, leveraging parent pain perspectives to improve pain care for children with complex conditions


  • Ph D: Nursing, Population Health, (2015), University of Massachusetts Boston - Boston, MA
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: School Nurse Pain Assessment Practices for Students with Mild to Profound Special Needs
  • MS: Nursing, (2013), University of Massachusetts Boston - Boston, MA
  • BS: Nursing, Pre-Licensure, (2011), University of Massachusetts Lowell - Lowell, MA


Morse (formerly Quinn) is an Associate Professor in the Solomont School of Nursing, Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. A doctorally prepared nurse researcher, she also holds three board certifications: Nationally Certified School Nurse (National Board for Certification of School Nurses), Certified Nurse Educator (National League for Nursing), and Pain Management Nurse (American Nurses Credentialing Center). Dr. Morse currently provides direct nursing care to children with intellectual disabilities (ID) and complex conditions on a part-time basis outside of her duties as a faculty member.

She has presented research related to pediatric pain and school health internationally. Morse conducts both team and independent research related to pain in children in both the community and acute-care settings. Morse is also involved in quality improvement and original research aiming to improve experiences for children and families with ID at Boston Children’s Hospital. In the community setting, she is currently conducting a study with parents of children with complex needs to:

  1. ascertain parents’ perceived characteristics of child pain experiences,
  2. determine the extent to which parents feel caregivers adequately address pain, and
  3. identify ways in which pain collaboration between parents and caregivers may be improved.

Outside of her clinical research areas, Morse takes interest in examining theory-guided research and student success in nursing programs.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Faculty Mentoring of Undergraduate Students (2019), Service, University - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Early Career Award (2018), Teaching - Massachusetts Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • Teaching Excellence Award (2018), Teaching - University of Massachusetts Lowell

Selected Publications

  • Quinn, B., Holman, D.W. (University of Massachusetts Lowell), Morse, J.R. (The Farm Baseball Performance Institute) (2020). A Pain Reporting Tool for School-Aged Baseball Pitchers. Journal of School Nursing, 36(3) 212-221.
  • Quinn, B., Lee, S., Bhagat, J., Keeler, E., Holman, D., Rogal, M. (2020). A Retrospective Review of School Nurse Approaches to Assessing Pain. Journal of Pain Management Nursing, 21(3) 233-237.
  • Peters, A.B., ElGhaziri, M., Morse, B., Simons, S.R., Taylor, R. (). An Exploratory Study of Bullying Among School Nurses: Prevalence and Impact. Journal of School Nursing.
  • ElGhaziri, M., Morse, B. (). Climate Change in Nursing Curriculum: The Time is Now. Journal of Nursing Education.
  • Morse, B., Solodiuk, J. (Boston Children's Hospital), Greco, C. (Boston Children's Hospital), Mauskar, S. (Boston Children's Hospital), Hauer, J. (Seven Hills Pediatric Center) (2020). Initial Validation of GRASP: A differential diagnoses algorithm for children with medical complexity and an unknown source of pain. Hospital Pediatrics, 10(8).
  • Morse, B. (). On the blog: A patient communication lesson. Nurse Educator.
  • Morse, B. (). On This Day in Pharmacology History. Nurse Educator.
  • Thompson, V., Morse, B., Peters, A.B. (). Pain Assessment Approaches for Students with Intellectual Disability. NASN School Nurse.
  • Morse, B., Repsha, C. (). Pretty Poisonous: How Counterfeit Cosmetics can be Toxic to Student Skin. NASN School Nurse.
  • Morse, B., Anderson, L., Combe, L., Delack, S., Ondeck, L., Homme, C. (). United States School Nursing Job Analysis. Journal of School Nursing.
  • Repsha, C., Quinn, B., Lee, S., Katz, J., Burrows, E., Teates, J. (2020). Use of a Simulated Electronic Health Record to Support Nursing Student Informatics Competencies (38:2 pp. 55-59). Computers, Informatics, Nursing
  • Fantasia, H.C., Morse, B. (2020). Voxelotor for the Treatment of Sickle Cell Disease. Nursing for Women's Health, 24(3) 233-237.
  • Lee, S., Quinn, B. (2020). Associations between safety culture characteristics and patient safety outcomes in East Asia: A review. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 42(3) 220-230.
  • Repsha, C., Quinn, B., Peters, A.B. (2020). Implementing a concept based nursing curriculum: A literature review (15:1 pp. 66-71). Teaching and Learning in Nursing
  • Quinn, B., McAuliffe, D. (2019). "There was only one nurse for everyone": Student reflections of a school nursing clinical experience. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 48(5) 72-76.
  • Quinn, B., Serna, R. (2019). Educators' experiences identifying pain among students in special education settings. Journal of School Nursing, 35(3) 210-220.
  • Quinn, B., ElGhaziri, M., Knight, M. (2019). Incorporating social justice, community partnerships, and student engagement in community health nursing courses. Teaching and Learning in Nursing, 14(3) 183-185.
  • Quinn, B., McDonough, A.J. (2019). Nursing theory in hospital models of care: Missed opportunities. American Journal of Nursing, 119(12) 11.
  • Quinn, B., Peters, A.B. (2019). Positive prompts: A quick exercise to reduce test anxiety. Nurse Educator, 44(5) 249.
  • Quinn, B. (2019). The Art of Pharmacology: Creative Study Guide Posters. Nurse Educator, 44(1) 57.
  • Quinn, B., ElGhaziri, M., Mangano, K., Thind, H.K. (2019). Toward Total Student Health: A Qualitative Pilot Study. Journal of American College Health, 67(5) 391-396.
  • Lee, S., Quinn, B. (2019). Strategies for incorporating medication safety concepts in undergraduate nursing education: A review. Nurse Education Today, 72 77-83.
  • Peters, A.B., Quinn, B., Moreno, R. (2019). Undergraduate nursing clinical absences: A review. Teaching and Learning in Nursing, 14(1) 37-42.
  • Quinn, B., Lepkowski, A. (2019). Seizures and Epilepsy (3rd). F.A. Davis
  • Toronto, C. (Curry College), Quinn, B., Remington, R. (Framingham State University) (2018). Characteristics of Reviews Published in Nursing Literature: A Methodological Review. Advances in Nursing Science, 41(1) 30-40.
  • Quinn, B., Smolinski, M. (University of Massachusetts Lowell) (2018). Improving School Nurse Pain Assessment Practices for Students With Intellectual Disability. Journal of School Nursing, 34(6) 480-488.
  • Quinn, B., Solodiuk, J.C. (Boston Children's Hospital), Morrill, D. (Boston Children's Hospital), Mauskar, S. (Boston Children's Hospital) (2018). Pain in Nonverbal Children with Medical Complexity: A Two-year Retrospective Study. American Journal of Nursing, 118(8) 28-37.
  • Quinn, B. (2018). School Nurses are Able to Support Adolescents Experiencing Pain Secondary to Stress and Unhealthy Lifestyle Choices. Evidence Based Nursing, 21(2) 45.
  • Quinn, B., Peters, A.B., Smolinski, M. (2018). Strategies to Improve NCLEX-RN Success: A Systematic Review. Teaching and Learning in Nursing, 13(1) 18-26.
  • Quinn, B., Fantasia, H.C. (2018). Forming Focus Groups for Pediatric Pain Research in Nursing: A Review of Methods. Pain Management Nursing, 19(3) 303-312.
  • Quinn, B., Serna, R. (2017). Challenges and Barriers to Identifying Pain in the Special Education Classroom: A Review. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 4(4) 328-338.
  • Quinn, B. (2017). Precepted Experiences for Doctoral Student Nurses. Creative Nursing, 23(2) 124-128.
  • Quinn, B., Peters, A.B. (2017). Strategies to Reduce Nursing Student Test Anxiety: A Literature Review. Journal of Nursing Education, 56(3) 145-151.
  • Quinn, B. (2016). Engaging Nursing Students in an Edible Pharmacological Concepts Lesson. Nurse Educator, 41(6) 286-287.
  • Quinn, B. (2016). Using Theory Integration to Explore Complex Health Problems. Advances in Nursing Science, 39(3) 235 - 243.
  • Quinn, B. (2016). ‘It’s Not Easy’: School Nurse Pain Assessment Practices for Students with Special Needs. Pain Management Nursing, 17(2) 119 - 131.
  • Quinn, B. (2016). School Nurse Pain Assessment Practices for Students with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities. Eastern Nursing Research Society Annual Scientific Sessions
  • Quinn, B., Seibold, E., Hayman, L. (2015). Pain assessment in children with special needs: A review of the literature. Exceptional Children, 82(1) 44-57.
  • Quinn, B., Sheldon, L.K., Cooley, M.E. (2014). Pediatric pain assessment by drawn faces scales: A review. Pain Management Nursing, 15(4) 909-918.
  • Quinn, B. (2014). To the editor (35:6 pp. 402). Nursing Education Perspectives
  • Quinn, B. (2014). The ‘Seamless’ Model of Nursing Education. AJN, American Journal of Nursing, 114(10) 11.

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Research Grant: An Exploratory Study of Bullying Exposure among School Nurses: Prevalence and Impact (2017), Grant - National Association of School Nurses
    Quinn, B. (Co-Principal), Peters, A.B. (Principal), ElGhaziri, M. (Co-Principal), Simons, S.R. (Co-Principal)
  • Seed Grant: A Checklist to Evaluate Pain of Unknown Origin in Children with Intellectual Disability (2017), Grant - UMass Lowell
    Quinn, B. (Principal), Solodiuk, J. (Co-Principal), Mauskar, S. (Co-Principal)
  • UMass Lowell towards Total Student Health (2016), Grant - Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences
    Quinn, B. (Co-Principal), Thind, H.K. (Principal), Mangano, K. (Co-Principal), ElGhaziri, M. (Co-Principal)
  • Research Grant: Teachers as Pain Assessment Collaborators (2016), Grant - National Association of School Nurses
    Quinn, B.
  • Research Grant: School Nurse Pain Assessment Practices (2014), Sponsored Research - National Association of School Nurses
    Morse, B.
  • Research Grant: School Nurse Pain Assessment Practices (2014), Sponsored Research - Sigma Theta Tau Eta Omega Chapter
    Quinn, B.