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Shurpin, Kathleen

Dr. Kathleen Shurpin
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Graduate Studies/Advanced Practice Nursing

As a professor of nursing, my scholarship focuses on advanced practice nursing education, symptom distress, family support, and prevention and screening in patients and families experiencing cancer.  Currently I am involved in a project evaluating support group methodologies and impact on distress with patients and families experiencing lung cancer.  Prior research suggests that support group participation reduces patient/family distress in this high risk population.  I am also involved in a training grant supported by HRSA with a focus on educating primary care providers to serve underrepresented, vulnerable populations.  The goal of educating nurse practitioners and midwives preparing for a career in primary care is to improve outcomes for patients and families in underserved regions.  Future interests include evaluation of outcomes related to lung cancer screening, and examining the impact of doctoral education of advanced practice nurses on specialty population outcomes.

I served in the position of Director of the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program from 2010 – 2015 and now serve as a professor in this program.  My goal continues to be to position the Stony Brook School of Nursing DNP program as a top-level program in the country.  In order to achieve this goal I serve as an evaluator for nursing programs for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), attend the AACN Doctoral Conferences, collaborate in an ongoing evaluation and outcomes process and collaborate with faculty to continually improve the quality of this program.  During my tenure as the director of this program, the program received initial accreditation by the Credentialing Center for Nursing Education (CCNE).  Poster and podium presentations at the AACN conference and other national conferences have been highly regarded.  My background and experience in advanced practice nursing both within and outside of the School of Nursing continues to support this highly successful DNP program.

My philosophy of teaching is based on transformative learning theory.  I develop and implement curriculum that requires active student participation and collaboration.  Clear objectives and expected outcomes are generated and met through multiple teaching strategies.  Use of technology is integral to the teaching-learning process.  Ongoing feedback and evaluation is the cornerstone of my teaching practice.  My goal is to support development of skills necessary for life-long learning, reflection, clinical practice, and scholarship.


PhD, Adelphi University, 1988

MS, Adelphi University, 1978

BS, Adelphi University, 1972

Clinical Specialties: 



Psychiatric/Mental Health

Primary Teaching Areas: 

Doctoral of Nursing Practice Program

Graduate Research Courses

Research and Academic Interests: 

Lung Cancer Screening: Patient Outcomes

Cancer Support Groups

Outcomes of DNP Graduates

Research (selected): 

July 2016        HRSA Award#A10HP30105, Advanced Nursing Education Award, $350,000

July 2014 HRSA Award #D112P8604, Advanced Nursing Education Award, $699,000

Publications (selected): 

Egan, E., Corrigan, J., Shurpin, K. (2015). Building the Bridge from Pediatric to Adults Diabetes Care: Making the Connection, the Diabetes Educator Online First, 1 – 12.

Jurgens, C., Shurpin, K. Gummersell, K (2012). “Challenges and strategies for symptom management in older adults”, Journal of Geriatric Nursing, 16-22.

Presentations (selected): 

January 2015           AACN Doctoral Conference, “Predictors of Success in a DNP Program” 

January 2014            AACN Doctoral Conference, “Dissemination of DNP Scholarly Projects”

November 2013        Lung Cancer Alliance Conference, “Support Groups in Lung Cancer”

January 2013            AACN Doctoral Conference, “Practice Doctorate in Nursing”

Major Accomplishments / Honors: 

May 2016, 2015 Stony Brook University DNP Faculty Excellence Award

Dec. 2012 Lung Cancer Alliance Support Group Award

March 2008 American Academy of Nurse Practitioners:  NY State Award 

April 2002 Sigma Theta Tau – Excellence in Research Award

May 1999 Chancellor’s and President’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching.  Presented by Stony Brook University and the State University of New York