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Janice Meisenhelder

Janice Bell Meisenhelder, D.N.Sc., R.N., C.N.E.

Professor of Nursing

Contact Information

617 732-1606

Office Hours

Office: Marian Hall, Room 326

Office hours: By appointment


DNSc from Boston University; MS in Nursing from Boston University; BS in Nursing from Wagner College, Staten Island, NY


Dr. Meisenhelder previously served on the faculties of MGH Institute of Health Professions, and Northeastern University prior to joining Emmanuel College Department of Nursing. Her research interest has been on spiritual coping, now applied to the topic of maternal bereavement. She is the first author on 35 articles in academic journals, as well as several books and chapters. She holds a certification as a Nurse Educator, and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Nursing Society.

What I Love About Emmanuel:

Emmanuel College provides academic challenge and opportunities for personal growth in the context of a faith-based community. The warmth and friendliness of students, faculty and staff create a safe and inviting learning environment situated in the midst of the Boston medical centers.

Courses I Teach

  • NURS 3105 - Research Methods in Nursing
  • NURS 5103 - Nurs Research/Evid. Based Prac Paradigm
  • NURS 5105 - Ethics and Spiritual Aspects of Nursing
  • NURS 5303 - Advanced Teaching Methods in Nursing Education and Assessment/Evaluation of Student Learning
  • NURS 5310 - Advanced Role Development in Nursing Education

Publications & Presentations

Surviving the Unthinkable: The Loss of a Child

Surviving the Unthinkable: The Loss of a Child
Janice Bell Meisenhelder (author)
MBM Publishers (January, 2017) 

A gentle, practical guide for mothers who have lost a son or daughter of any age, AND An indispensable guide for friends, family, and health professionals who wish to support these mothers.

Melissa's Prayer Journal

Melissa Bell Meisenhelder (Author) , Janice Bell Meisenhelder (Author)
MBM Publishers (November 1, 2007)

Melissa Bell Meisenhelder was a student at Gordon College when diagnosed with cancer. She lived each day to the fullest with a passion for bringing others to God, and would be thrilled to see her prayers impacting the lives of others.


Publications: Referred Articles (*Data Based)

  • Meisenhelder, J.B., D'Ambra, C., & Jabaley, T. (2016). Spiritual coping at the end of life: A case study of a college student. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing. 18(1), 66-73. Doi:10.1097/NJH.0000000000000214.
  • Meisenhelder, J.B. & Gibson, L. (2015). Caring for the bereaved parent: Guidelines for practice. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. 10, 546-51. doi: 10.1002/2327-6924.12224
  • *Meisenhelder, J.B., Schaeffer, N.J., Younger, J., Lauria, M. (2011). Faith and mental health in an oncology population. Journal of Religion and Health. DOI 10.1007/s10943-011-9497-1.
  • Meisenhelder, J.B. & Cassem, E. (2009). Terrorism, posttraumatic stress, spiritual coping and mental health. Journal of Spirituality and Mental Health, 11(3), 218-230.
  • Meisenhelder, J.B. & Marcum, J. (2009). Terrorism, posttraumatic stress, coping strategies, and spiritual outcomes.  Journal of Religion and Health, 48(1), 46-57DOI 10.1007/s10943-008-9192-z.
  • Meisenhelder, J.B. & Marcum, J. (2004). Responses of clergy to 9/11: Posttraumatic stress, coping, and spiritual outcomes. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 43(3), 547-554.
  • *Meisenhelder, J.B. (2003). Gender differences in spirituality and functional health in the elderly. Geriatric Nursing, 24(6), 1-6.
  • Schwartz, C.E., Meisenhelder, J.B., Yunsheng, M. & Reed, G. (2003). Altruistic social interest behaviors are associated with better mental health. Psychosomatic Medicine, 65, 778-785.
  • Meisenhelder, J.B. (2002). Anniversary responses to terrorism: Reoccurrence of posttraumatic stress response. American Journal of Nursing, 102, 24AA-24EE.
  • Meisenhelder, J.B. (2002). Terrorism, posttraumatic stress, and religious coping. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 28, 771-782.
  • Meisenhelder, J.B. & Chandler, E.N. (2002). Spirituality and health outcomes in the elderly. Journal of Religion and Health, 41, 243-252.
  • Meisenhelder, J.B. & Chandler, E.N. (2001). Frequency of prayer and functional health in Presbyterian Pastors.  Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 40, 323-329.
  • Meisenhelder, J.B. & Chandler, E.N. (2000). Prayer and health outcomes in church lay leaders. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 22, 706-716.
  • Meisenhelder, J.B. & Chandler, E.N. (2000). Prayer and health outcomes in church members. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 6, 37-41.
  • Meisenhelder, J.B. & Chandler, E.N. (2000). Faith, prayer, and health outcomes in elderly Native Americans. Clinical Nursing Research. 9:191-203.
  • 2010 - Nursing Spectrum Excellence Awards, Finalist in Teaching Category
  • 2010 - Partners in Excellence Award, Partners HealthCare System
  • 2009 - Partners in Excellence Award, Partners HealthCare System
  • 2007 - Partners in Excellence Award, Partners HealthCare System
  • 2006 - Partners in Excellence Award, Partners HealthCare System
  • 2004 - Partners in Excellence Award, Partners HealthCare System
  • 2002 - Nursing Research Award, Theta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau
  • 2000 - Partners in Excellence Award, Partners HealthCare System
  • 1998 - Nancy T. Watts Award for Excellence in Teaching, MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • 1996 - Partners in Excellence Award, Partners HealthCare System
  • 1991 - Research Recognition Award from the Massachusetts Nurses Association for contributions to nursing science
  • 1989 - Nursing Research Award, by Sigma Theta Tau, Theta Chapter

Research Focus

2008-2016.  Principal Investigator.  "Spiritual Coping with Cancer: A case study." Co-Investigator: Charae Spuler, MSN, RN, Instructor. Qualitative analysis of a teenager's prayer journal.  Data analysis completed, dissemination in process.

2002-2004.  Principal Investigator.  "Stress and Religious Outcomes in a Church Sample." Co-Investigator:  John Markum, Ph.D., Director of National Panel of Presbyterian Church USA, Funded in part by Presbyterian Church, USA. Completed.

2001-2002.  Principal Investigator.  "A Comparison of Three Measures of Spirituality as Related to Mental Health." Co-Investigator: Edwin Cassem, M.D.  Funded in part by the Faculty Seed Grants, MGH Institute of Health Professions.  Completed.

2001 -2002.  Principal Investigator.  "The Relationship of Faith to Mental Health in an Oncology Population." Co-investigators: J. Younger, M.D., N. Schaeffer, MSN, RN. Funded in part by Theta Chapter of the National Nursing Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau. Completed.

2000 -  Principal Investigator.  "A Typology of Prayer and Prayerful Coping Related to Mental Health."  Co-Investigator: Carolyn Schwartz, Sc.D. Funded IHP Faculty Seed Money Award.  Completed.

1999 -  Principal Investigator.  "Frequency of Prayer and Health Outcomes in a Presbyterian Church Population."  Grant submitted to Louisville Institute, Louisville, KY.  Not funded.

1997-1999. Principal Investigator.  "Spirituality and Health Outcomes Among Members and Clergy of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A."  Co-Investigator: Emily Chandler, Ph.D. Completed.

1997-1999. Principal Investigator.  "Spiritual Well-Being and Reports of Health in the Elderly."  Co- Investigator: Emily Chandler, Ph.D. Funded in part by the Geriatric Education Fund, MGH Institute of Health Professions. Completed.

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