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Angela Nannini

Angela Nannini
Angela Nannini, Ph.D., FNP-C, FAANP Emeritus Faculty


Health Policy, Population Health, Women’s Health Across the Life Span, Health-care Workforce, Program Evaluation, Advanced Practice Nursing

Research Interest

  • Health Policy 
  • Health Equity to eliminate health disparities 
  • Using a life course approach to study family health 
  • Measures of maternal health including non-pregnancy-related morbidities such as injuries and mental health and substance abuse 
  • Organizational climate for nurse practitioners
  • Health-care workforce
Grants and Publications (pdf)

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


Angela Nannini, Ph.D., FNP-C, FAANP, 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 Master of Science in Nursing at Vanderbilt University. Nannini received her Bachelor of 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. In 2012 and 2013 respectively, she became a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and a Distinguished Policy Fellow of the National Academies of Practice. She is also an Associate of the UMass Lowell Center for Women and Work. 

As a family nurse practitioner, conversant in Spanish, 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. Nannini has taught nursing at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels.  Most recently she has taught master’s and doctoral courses in social, cultural and policy issues in health care and evidence appraisal and dissemination for scholarly projects.

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 Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, the American Nurses Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Mass. Department of Public Health. She has over 30 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.