Allyssa L. Harris RN, PhD, WHNP-BC joined the Boston College faculty beginning in the fall of 2007 where she is a Assistant Professor at the Connell School of Nursing. She is a certified women’s health nurse practitioner and teaches advanced practice in women’s health nursing clinical and theory as well as advanced practice role for nurse practitioners in the master’s program. Dr. Harris is a member of the school’s HRSA workforce diversity grant, KILN which seeks to mentor minority nursing students into becoming future nursing leaders within communities.

Dr. Harris is a member of the Women’s Health department at Roxbury Comprehensive Community Health Center. Her roles include providing education and health services to women across the life span. Dr. Harris has played a pivotal role in implementing numerous programs that serve the community such as the Heart and Sole program for Kids and Adults, Diabetes and Asthma Case Management program and the Mayor’s initiative on Health Disparities.

Dr. Harris’ current research involves exploring the role that urban literature novels may have on the sexual risk behaviors of African American adolescent girls and examining parent child communication among urban African American adolescent males. In addition to these projects her research interests include African American women’s health & healthcare policies, contraceptive decision-making, and women’s ways of knowing as well as urban healthcare. Dr. Harris has published a number of articles on Women’s Health issues including contraception, sexually transmitted infections and the influence of media on adolescent risk behaviors.

Her career has included positions at The Symmes Hospital, The Cambridge Hospital, and Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts & North Carolina. Dr. Harris is a member of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, the New England Regional Black Nurses Association and the National Black Nurses Association. She received her Associates Degree in Nursing from Gardner-Webb College in North Carolina and her Bachelor, Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Nursing from Boston College.