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Dr. Terri Cavaliere
Cavaliere, Terri
Clinical Associate Professor
Graduate Studies/Advanced Practice Nursing

Email: Terri.Cavaliere@stonybrook.edu
Phone: 631-444-6489
Office: 2-241, hours by appointment

Dr. Cavaliere is a Clinical Associate Professor in the graduate division of the School of Nursing at Stony Brook University. She earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve, a Master of Science at the University of California, San Francisco, a Nurse Practitioner Certificate at Adelphi University in New York, and a Bachelor of Science at Hunter College New York. Professor Cavaliere is recognized nationally and internationally as a scholar, educator, author, and clinical expert in neonatology. Her foci of interest at the School of Nursing are distance learning, adult education, and team-based learning. Professor Cavaliere’s program of scholarship encompasses disparate but integrated areas and her current academic position is built on a strong clinical background. Her clinical practice centers on the provision of healthcare to high-risk neonates and infants and the support of their families.

The specialty of Neonatology was in its infancy when Dr. Cavaliere began her career. She quickly recognized the need for nurses with advanced education and specific expertise to support the expansion of Neonatal Nursing. The role of advanced practice nursing became particularly appealing, however, at that time there were few nurses with the education and expertise needed to serve as guides and mentors so she quickly became her own teacher. Thus began her interest in adult learning as she soon found herself teaching and mentoring her coworkers and colleagues.

Dr. Cavaliere was instrumental in developing and teaching in one of the first Perinatal Nurse Education programs in the country. Her abilities to teach and mentor flourished along with her clinical proficiency. It was exciting and rewarding to witness the evolution of Neonatology and Neonatal Nursing and to realize that she personally contributed to that growth.

Professor Cavaliere is honored to have contributed to advances in safe & effective patient care. As technology advanced so did the need for attention to the ethical dilemmas that such advances engender. She had the opportunity to serve on the Council on Ethical Practice for the New York State Nurses Association and to participate in several bioethics committees at North Shore University Hospital.

She has been active in many national committees and task forces and has contributed to the creation of professional position papers and policies. She is also the author of many chapters in professional texts and articles in peer-reviewed journals. In addition, she has recently mentored novice authors to write for publication.

There are two items of which Dr. Cavaliere is especially proud. The first is the fact that her DNP project, “Moral Distress in NICU RNs” was published and was the first research exploring the moral distress of NICU nurses. The article has been widely read by an international audience and she has been contacted by professionals from countries such as Italy and Iran for more information about the topic. The second activity which is pleasing is participation in the process of certification of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners through the National Certification Corporation’s NNP Certification Examination Content Team. This requires the maintenance of a current, high level of knowledge in the field. In addition to creating the certification examination, she has been involved in writing and evaluating continuing education modules for OB and neonatal nurses.

Professor Cavaliere’s research interests have broadened from clinical topics such as establishing benchmarks for ammonia levels and T-lymphocytes in premature neonates to ethical topics such as management of neonates with hypoplastic heart syndrome, moral distress in health care providers and, most recently, to team-based learning in distance education graduate programs.

After 40 years of clinical practice as an NNP in a Level III NICU, she transitioned to a full-time academic position. Her educational approach is based on eliciting student cooperation in their own learning, believing that all students possess the potential to learn and grow. This influences the use of different teaching modalities, adapting them to meet individual student personalities and learning needs. She is enthusiastic about incorporating a variety of pedagogical principles into distance education curricula. While investigating the use of a team-based approach in managing the Fetal and Neonatal Pharmacology, Dr. Cavaliere and Dr.Paula Timoney discovered an improvement in student satisfaction and level of engagement.

Dr. Cavaliere’s philosophy is that it is more productive, in terms of retention of information, to engage the students in their own education instead of teaching “at them”. She believes that education is a journey and not a destination. The nursing profession is dynamic and ever-changing. Evidence-based practice demands attention and requires dedication to acquiring knowledge. Her goal is to help students understand how they learn and, ultimately to become lifelong learners.


Terri A. Cavaliere, DNP, NNP-BC, FAANP


BS, Hunter College, 1970

MS, University of California, San Francisco, 1973

Certificate, Perinatal Nurse Practitioner, Adelphi University, 1976

Doctor of Nursing Practice, Case Western Reserve University, 2009

Clinical Specialties


Primary Teaching Areas

Advanced Health Assessment of the Neonatal & Infant

Advanced Topics in Fetal & Neonatal Pathophysiology

Neonatal Clinical Pharmacology

Pharmacology Across the Lifespan

Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan

Pediatric Pathophysiology

Faculty/Mentor of DNP students

Research and Academic Interests

Ethics, Moral Distress, Genetics, Genomics, Developmental Immunology, Pharmacology, pathophysiology,

Developmental Pharmacology & Pathophysiology, Team-Based Learning, Examination Creation, and


Research (selected)

Co-Investigator - Implementation of Team-Based Learning in an Asynchronous Distance Education Graduate

Nursing Course; State University of New York Office of the Provost & the Innovative Instruction Research

Council - $20,000

Principal Investigator - Moral Distress in Registered Nurses Employed in Adult Inpatient Hospital Settings,

North Shore – Long Island Jewish Health System

Principal Investigator - Moral Distress in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Registered Nurses, North Shore –

Long Island Jewish Health System

Investigator - Immunophenotyping of T-lymphocytes by Three Color Flow Cytometry in Healthy Newborns,

Children and Adults, Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, North Shore University Hospital

Investigator - Ammonia Levels in Very

Publications (selected)

Taskforce on Fatigue and Shift Length. (2022). The Impact of Advanced Practice Nurses’ Shift Length and Fatigue on Patient Safety. Glenview, Illinois: National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners IN PRESS.

Cavaliere, T. A. (2022) Physical assessment of the genitourinary system. In Witt, C. Wallman, C. (Eds.) 7th edition, Physical Assessment of the Neonate. Petaluma, CA. NICU Ink. IN PRESS

Cavaliere, T. A. (2020). Physical assessment of the infant. In C. Kenner, L. Altimier, and M. Boybova (Eds.) Neonatal Nursing. A Physiologic Perspective, 6th edition, Springer, New York 

Akpan, U., Orth, E. Moore, R, Timoney, P., Cavaliere, T. A... Calhoun, D. (2019). The hematopoietic system. In A. Jnah, & A. Trembath (Eds.) Fetal and Neonatal Physiology for the Advanced Practice Nurse, Springer, New York 

Cavaliere, T. A. (2019) Physical assessment of the genitourinary system. In Tappero, E. & Honeyfield, M. (Eds.) 6th edition, Physical Assessment of the Neonate. Petaluma, CA. NICU Ink.

Cavaliere, T.A. (2018). Neonatal assessment. In R. Bissinger, & D. Annibale, (Eds.) Golden Hours: Care of the Very Low Birth Weight Infant, 2nd edition, Chicago, Ill. National Certification Corporation.

Cavaliere, T. A., & Arias-Oliveras, A. (2016). Critical conversations for sensitive situations. In S. Bellini & M. Beaulieu (Eds.) Case-Based Learning for Advanced Practice Neonatal Nurses. New York, NY: Springer Publications.

Cavaliere, T.A. (2016). Transition to extrauterine life: An extraordinary journey. Neonatal and Infant Nursing Reviews, 16(2): 43 – 47.

Cavaliere, T. A. (2016). Development of the neonatal immune system. In D. Frasier (Ed.) Identification and management of neonatal sepsis, 2nd edition, Petaluma, CA: NICU Ink.

Gambino, K., Della Ratta, C., Janotha, B., Colletti, G., & Cavaliere, T. A. (2015). Team-based learning in online nursing education: An innovation in curriculum development. In L. Caputi (Ed.) Building the future of nursing, vol. 3, pp. 135 – 138. Philadelphia: Walters Kluwer.

Cavaliere, T.A. & Sansoucie, D. (2014). Physical assessment of the infant. In C. Kenner, and J Lott. (Eds.) Neonatal nursing. A physiologic perspective, 5th edition, New York: Springer. .

Cavaliere, T.A., Daly, B., Dowling, D., Montgomery, K. (2010). Moral Distress in NICU Registered Nurses. Advances in Neonatal Care, 10(3), 145 – 156.

Presentations (selected)-

2022 Florida Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, NNP Symposium: 1] “Back by Popular Demand -The Quiz Show Never Seen on T.V., 2] Item Writing Workshop

2022, 2016, 2015 Faculty Development Conferences - School of Nursing Stony Brook University Test Item Writing Workshops

2021 and 2019 Florida Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, NNP Symposium: 1] Quiz Show – Are You Smarter than a Neonatal Fellow? 2]Developing Moral Resilience

2018 Association of Neonatal Nurses Nursing Conference - Moral Distress and Moral Resilience

Timoney, P.M., & Cavaliere, T.A. (2016). Effectiveness of Team-Based Learning in an Asynchronous Distance Education Graduate Nursing Course. Poster presented at the 15th Annual Team-Based Learning Collaborative Meeting in Albuquerque, NM.

Timoney, P.M., & Cavaliere, T. A. (2015). Evaluation of Team-Based Learning in an Asynchronous Distance Education Graduate Nursing Course. Paper & poster presentation, 31st Annual Educational Conference, National Association of Neonatal Nurses, Dallas, Texas

Cavaliere, T. A. (2015). Ethics and Genetics: Should the Ends Justify the Genes? Invited presentation at the Annual Educational Conference of the New York City Association of Neonatal Nurses, NYC, NY.

Cavaliere, T. A. (2014). (1) Ethics and Genetics: Should the Ends Justify the Genes? (2) Infant and Neonatal Palliative Care. Invited presentation at the NNP Clinical Update and Review Symposium of the Florida Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners Tampa, FL

Cavaliere, T.A. (2013). Moral distress: When Hearts and Minds Collide. Guest Lecturer, DNP Students; School of Nursing, Stony Brook University, NY.

Cavaliere, T. A., &; Green, C.V. (2012). The Impact of Advanced Practice Nurses’ Shift Length & Fatigue on Patient Safety. Webinar presented for the National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners

Cavaliere, T. A. (2011). “Writing Exam Questions for NNPs”. Invited presentation at the National Advanced Practice Nursing Forum for the Vermont & New Hampshire Regional Perinatal Programs, Washington, D.C.

Cavaliere, T. A. (2010). Genetics and Genomics: What Every Neonatal Nurse Needs to Know. Invited workshop presentation at the 26th Annual Educational Conference. National Association of Neonatal Nurses. Salt Lake City, UT.

Cavaliere, T. A. (2010). (1) Moral Distress in NICU RNs; (2) Probiotics & NEC in LBW Neonates. Invited presentation at the Neonatal Nursing Conference. Cohen Children’s Medical Center and Hospital of NY.

Major Accomplishments / Honors

Fellow American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 2018

Nurse of the Year Award, Nursing Leadership, March of Dimes, 2015

Lifetime Achievement Award, National Association of Neonatal Nurses, 2014

Excellence in Clinical Practice, Sigma Theta Tau International, Kappa Gamma Chapter, 2009

Excellence in Clinical Practice, Sigma Theta Tau International, Kappa Gamma Chapter, 2004

Distinguished Service in Neonatal Nursing, National Association of Neonatal Nurses, 2002

Board of Directors, National Certification Corporation, 2002 – 2009, Vice President 2008 – 2012

Member Executive Council, National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, 2009 - 2014