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Marie Farrell
Marie Farrell, EdD, MPH, RN, FAAN, ACC
Doctoral Faculty - School of Human & Organizational Development
Reno, NV

D.Sc. (Honorary Doctorate)
MPH Harvard University 1995
EdD, Boston University, 1973

Areas of Instruction:

  • Cultures of Inquiry
  • Research Methods
  • Learning and Motivation
  • Human Development
  • Global Studies: Consulting, Project Development, Research, Program Evaluation

Scholarly & Professional Interests:

  • Coaching (Career transitions, adult women’s issues)
  • Women and children’s health in developing countries
  • Intersection of art, photography, visual media and new cultures of inquiry
  • Women’s health and wellness
  • Empathy, trust at individual, group, organizational, international levels

Professional Memberships:

  • Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing
  • Sigma Theta Tau (International Honor Society in Nursing)
  • Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
  • National Honor Society for Professional Women in Education

Honors and Awards:

  • National Honor Society for Professional Women in Education. Recipient: Honorary Doctor of Science Degree, Curry College, Milton, MA, May 2007
  • Awarded Gamma Lambda Chapter Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing University of Southern Mississippi. Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award 2002
  • Dean’s Office: Highest teaching scores. Harvard University School of Public Health. Fall semesters, 1995, 1998, 1999
  • World Health Organization Fellowship, 1985–1986
  • Outstanding faculty member of the year, Curry College; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • City of Norwich, Connecticut: Rotary Club Award; Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce Award
  • The Norwich Free Academy Alumni Association Award
  • Norwich, Connecticut Favorite Daughter Award
  • WHO Fellowship for M.P.H., Harvard University School of Public Health
  • Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year, Curry College; Elected, Chairperson, Deans and Directors of Colleges and Schools of Nursing in Massachusetts
  • Elected, Vice- president, Board of Governors American International School, New Delhi, India
  • Special Pre-doctoral Nurse Fellowship (IF04-NU-27,566-01).


  • "Celebrating our diversity," The Journal of Family and Community Health: Health Promotion & Maintenance 17:2
  • "Hungarian midwives and their practice: A national survey” (coauthor), Midwifery 10
  • "Influencing physician behavior with CQI: A case study” (coauthor), Quality Management in Health Care 2:3
  • "Work process redesign: A hospital learning experience" (coauthor), Nursing Management 25:10

Author or editor: six books, six book chapters, one proceedings, 65 articles; creator, editor: European newsletter; artist, photographer: five photo/art exhibits.



56 presentations in US, internationally 

Funded Grants/Contracts:

  • Farrell, M. (2005). Developed project to provide nursing faculty and nursing student training and deployment to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina in collaboration with the Bakersfield Red Cross. (Forty faculty and students trained by Red Cross. Some deployed to the Hurricane site).
  • Farrell, M. Creator, Memorandum of Understanding between Nambu University, South Korean and California State University, Bakersfield, CA. (Memorandum signed.)
  • Farrell, M. (Winter 2005). Proposal for Federal Funding for Equipment. Submitted to Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Fiscal Year 2006. Requested $167,000 (approved and funded).
  • Farrell, M., Tyler Evans, M, Gilchrist, K., Pulskamp, B., Mendiola, J. (Spring 2004). Request for Federal Funding for Equipment. Submitted to Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Fiscal Year 2005. Funded $180,000.
  • Farrell, M. (2002). Proposal to build a College of Nursing at the University of Southern Mississippi. (Anticipated cost $8 million). (Building secured at $1.3 million; $30,000 secured for Building Renovation Plan, $30,000 pledge received from Wesley Memorial Hospital for computer hardware).
  • Farrell, M. Harbaugh, B. (2002). The Asbury Foundation Distinguished Professorship in Nursing. (Funded $250,000).
  • Farrell, M. (2002). Enhancing Baccalaureate Nursing Education. Forrest General Hospital. (No. 2334001001). Grant to Fund Faculty Salaries in the College of Nursing University of Southern Mississippi (Funded $600,000).
  • Burke, L., Farrell, M., Brukwitzki, G., Van Mullem, C. Publication and Sale of Nurses Knowledge Attitudes and Practices of research Survey manual (Nurses’ Research KAP Survey ã) ($19.95). With manual and data collection instrument scanning and scoring capability.
  • For the Metro Region of Aurora Health Care System: Ensuring essential care and treatment for clients with HIV/AIDS, November 19, 1998 (funded at $23,500).
  • For the Metro Region of Aurora Health Care System: Wisconsin Advanced Telecommunication Foundation (WATF) Grant for state wide interactive videoconferencing network 1998 (Funded at $173,418).
  • For the countries of Central Asia, Azerbaijan, and Kazakhstan. Proposal to develop training packages for maternal and infant health and family planning in Central Asian Republics Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. June 1994. (Funded by World Bank $15,000).
  • For the countries of Central Asia, Azerbaijan, and Kazakhstan. Maternal and Infant Health and Family Planning in Central Asian Republics Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. Copenhagen: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and European Regional Office, World Health Organization, March 1994 ($5 409 549) (Funding as of 12/95: $600,000 UNFPA, GTZ for training in FP in Turkmenistan, World Bank for training in Kyrgystan).
  • For the World Health Organization "Images of Nursing in Europe" 14-Panel exhibit and photo book, Ministry of Public Health and the Environment, Belgium; Danish Nurses Organization, Denmark, Department of Family Nursing, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, California, USA, and Danielsen and Wife Foundation, Denmark, Denmark ($50,000) 1988 (Funded).
  • For the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Global Programme on AIDS, Geneva, WHO "Nursing Proposal on Care Aspects for Prevention and Control of HIV Infection",($95,000; $40,000, respectively) August, 1988 (Funded).
  • For the Government of Italy "Development of a WHO Centre in Addis Ababa, Africa for Disaster Preparedness and Relief" Ethiopia/Italian Ministries of Health and Foreign Affairs/WHO Regional Office for Europe and 16 December, 1986 ($1,500,000). (Funded).
  • For the Government of Belgium "A Demonstration Project to Promote Wellness and Self-Care for the Elderly of Leuven, Belgium", Belgium/Who, BEL/SPM 001, October 1983 ($183,444) (Funded).
  • Project Director "Educational Program to Prepare Nurses to Meet the Needs of Handicapped Children: Cooperative Training Proposal to the United States Public Health Service" by Fitchburg State College, Massachusetts Special Needs Associates, Inc. and the Special Needs Education Collaborative, June 1975 ($132,000) (Approved but not funded).

Professional Experience:

  • Over 35 years progressive experience in organizational administration, hospital-based research, health care consulting, administration in higher education, counseling psychology and networked distance learning in the United States, Europe, South-east Asia, and Africa. Major responsibilities and activities included: Dean of one and Chairperson of three programs at baccalaureate, post-basic, masters, honors and doctoral levels (in large and medium sized public, land grant, university settings, state and in private college), Adjunct Professor at Harvard School of Public Health (for 16 years, with annual and two, five year appointments), and faculty member for 16 years at the Fielding Graduate University, a doctoral networked distance learning program in human and organizational development in California, and Executive Coach through private coaching and consulting practice.
  • Appointments, preparation and responsibilities internationally include: International program manager for nursing, midwifery, and social work for nine years for 32 countries for the World Health Organization European Regional Office (WHO/EURO); European Focal Point for Women Health and Development, 2.5 years, Acting European advisor for Maternal and Child health for 50 European countries for 1.5 years; program evaluator for 26 Eastern European countries including the New Independent States (NIS), and WHO South-east Asian Regional Office (SEARO) nurse researcher (and later consultant) in a developing country (India, Indonesia). Additional responsibilities included: team leader on international missions on women’s reproductive health and family planning, health-related regional policies, health assessments during natural disasters, wars, and other health-related health emergencies, preparation and implementation of international conferences, meetings, and international training and research.
  • Appointments, preparation and responsibilities in the U.S. include: Endowed Chair in Research and Professor of Nursing in a major integrated health care corporation, Director of Nursing Research and Director of Consulting on Continuous Quality Improvement at a state, teaching medical center, Chairperson of Department of Nursing in large, state level university, Dean of College of Nursing in large state university, Department Chairperson in Nursing in medium sized baccalaureate and Master’s degree programs, private practice as a counseling psychologist and consultant, trainer for nurse managers of Region I, II, and III USPHS-funded health centers, consultant to hospitals, and health care organizations, state and national boards of nursing. Responsibilities also included: directing doctoral and masters' level nursing research, grant writing, strategic planning, project and program design and management, needs assessment, program evaluation, budget preparation and management, fund raising, project and documentation preparation.


Other Professional Activities:

Healthcare consultant for World Health Organization and for the United States Public Health Service; faculty member at Harvard School of Public Health.  
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