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Chair of BSN program and Associate Professor of Nursing Lisa Thomas in front of greenery on Emmanuel's campus

Lisa Jean Thomas, Ph.D., RN, CNE

Associate Professor of Nursing and BSN Chair

Contact Information


Office Hours

Office: Marian Hall, 403A
Office Hours: Mondays 9-11, Thursdays 9-11 Fridays 11-1 and by appointment


Ph.D, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth; MSN, Northeastern University; BSN from University of Massachusetts Lowell 


Dr. Lisa Thomas is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Emmanuel College with the responsibility to chair the Baccalaureate Program. Lisa earned a Doctorate (Ph.D.) from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a focus in Nursing Education, a Master's Degree with a concentration in pediatric primary care from Northeastern University, and a Bachelors in nursing from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. 

Dr. Thomas' clinical background includes specializing in pediatric hematology and oncology as a registered nurse and nurse practitioner. She also practiced as a pediatric primary care provider for over a decade. Dr. Thomas brought her passion for pediatrics into academia and has taught pediatric clinical courses for many years.

In addition, she has taught research at the undergraduate and graduate level. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Gamma Epsilon Chapter. Dr. Thomas serves on the board for the Massachusetts/Rhode Island National League for Nursing. She has spearheaded a faculty peer mentor program to promote collegiality and support new faculty within nursing education.

What I Love About Emmanuel

The warm and welcoming feeling that is present across campus, from students, staff and faculty. 

Small class size which allows ease of student and faculty engagement. 

Courses and Curriculum

Dr. Thomas teaches in the undergraduate baccalaureate program.

Presentations and Publications


  • National League for Nursing Summit Podium Presentation: Perceptions of Resilience Among Baccalaureate Nursing Students: A Qualitative Descriptive Study. September 2018
  • Cameron Symposium Podium Presentation: Perceptions of Resilience Among Baccalaureate Nursing Students: A Qualitative Descriptive Study. May 2018
  • National League for Nursing Summit, Poster Presentation, Efficacy of a Narrative Assignment, Measuring Student Learning of Reflective Practice, Evidence-Based Practice and Informatics. September 2010


  • Thomas, L. J., & Asselin, M.(2018). Promoting resilience among nursing students in clinical education. Nurse Education in Practice, 28, 231-234. 
  • Thomas, L., J., & Revell, S.H.(2016). Resilience in nursing students: An integrative review. Nurse Education Today, 36, 457-462.
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Nursing Education Research Conference Poster Presentation: Resilience in Nursing Students: An Integrative Review. April 2016

Faculty Development:

  • Faculty Development 2010-2019. Topics included: Fair and Just Culture in Nursing Programs, Academic Advising, Resilience in Nursing Students, Curriculum Development Construction of Student Learning Outcomes, Narrative Pedagogy, Technology in the Classroom, Reflection in Clinical Education.

Research Focus

Dr. Thomas' research interest is resilience in undergraduate nursing students. The concept of resilience was integral in her practice with pediatric oncology patients. During her doctoral studies the interest of resilience in the students that she taught emerged. She has presented locally and nationally on the topic of resilience in nursing education. 

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