Meet the Faculty

Lisa Thomas PhD, RN, CNE

BSN, University of Massachusetts Lowell; MSN, Northeaster University; PhD University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Phone Number: 508-626-4997

Dr. Thomas is teaching NURC 916 Advanced Technology and Nursing Informatics, NURC 971 Nursing Theory and Research I and II.

 Dr. Thomas earned her PhD at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a concentration in Nursing Education.  A MSN from Northeastern University with a concentration in pediatric primary care, and her BSN from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

 Dr. Thomas’ area of research is resilience in pre licensure nursing students.

Susan M. Mullaney, EdD, RN, CNE

Professor/Chair Nursing Department

Office: Hemenway Hall 324
Phone Number: 508-626-4938

Dr. Mullaney teaches NURL 943 Strategic Planning for Nursing’s Future, NURL 953 Role in Healthcare Systems, NURL 983 Practicum in Organizational Management Skills, NURL 993 Internship in Independent Leadership Skills, and NURC 925 Ethical, Social, and Cultural Competencies.

Dr. Mullaney received her Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University, M.S. from University of Massachusetts, Worcester, M.A. from Framingham State University and B.S.N. from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Dr. Mullaney has been the recipient of many incredible awards, such as the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Massachusetts/Rhode Island League for Nursing (MARILN) in 2015!

Dr. Mullaney’s email is

Dr. Ellen Rearick
Ellen Rearick, PhD, RN, CCM

Associate Professor

Office: Hemenway Annex 326
Phone Number: 508-626-4713

Dr. Rearick will be teaching the new Graduate Certificate Program in Nursing Case Management!

Dr. Rearick also teaches NURM 910: Professional Foundations and Care Coordination, NURM 920: Quality Management and Health Promotion, and NURM 980: Seminar and Practicum in Case Management.

Dr. Rearick obtained her PhD at  University of Massachusetts Worcester, MSN at University of Massachusetts Worcester, BSN at University of Massachusetts Amherst and ASN at Quinsigamond Community College.

Dr. Rearick’s email is

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Kelly Fisher, PhD, RN


Office: Hemenway Hall 320
Phone Number: 508-626-4715

Dr. Fisher is a nurse educator with more than 25 years of experience teaching students in a variety of nursing settings including practical nursing, associate degree, baccalaureate degree, master's and doctoral programs.

She teaches the research courses in the MSN program.  She has conducted or collaborated on research in the areas of Nursing Education, Self-Efficacy, Diabetes Mellitus, Compassion Fatigue, and Moral Distress with a number of publications and presentations.

Dr. Fisher obtained her BSN at Fitchburg State University, MSN with a concentration in nursing education and administration at Russell Sage College and PhD in Nursing at University of Rhode Island.

Nancy Phoenix Bittner, PhD, CNS, RN


Office: Hemenway Hall
Phone Number: 781-306-6602

PhD, University of Rhode Island, North Kingstown, RI

MSN, University of Rhode Island, North Kingstown, RI

B.S., SUNY Institute of Technology, Utica, NY

Diploma, Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Albany, NY

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Georgina Gardner DNP, RN, CNML, CPN

Teaching Assistant

Phone Number:

Dr. Gardner is the teaching assistant for the MSN program at Framingham State University. Dr. Gardner obtained her DNP from University of Massachusetts Boston, her MSN from Framingham State University, BSN from Chamberlain University Nursing and ADN from Becker College.