• Title:
    Assistant Professor of Doctoral Nursing Program
  • Department:
    Nursing and Health Professions

Emily Sheff, RN, FNP-BC, Ph.D.



Dr. Emily Sheff has more than twenty years of nursing experience as both a nurse and a family nurse practitioner. During her career, she worked as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in anesthesiology and urgent care. Dr. Sheff has been teaching since 2005, in baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs in both traditional and accelerated programs. She has been part of the nursing program at Rivier University since 2018.


  • Ph.D., Nursing Education, Villanova University
  • M.S., Nurse Practitioner, Boston College
  • B.S., Behavioral Neuroscience, Northeastern University


  • Family Practice
  • Urgent Care

Courses Taught

  • NSG 102 Care of the Adult I
  • NSG 330 Research Methods
  • NSG 562 Advanced Nursing Leadership II
  • NSG 601 Quality Healthcare Improvement
  • NSG 602 Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing/ Healthcare
  • NSG 610 Advanced Health Policy
  • NSG 715 Leadership Capstone Practicum
  • NSG 800 Scientific Foundations of Practice
  • NSG 805 Health Research Methods
  • NSG 810 Epidemiology in Advanced Practice
  • NSG 895 DNP Scholarly Project Practicum

Publications and Proceedings

  1. Foster-Johnson, L., Sheff, E., Kinney, L., Williams, P. & O’Hara, J. (2022). “Transforming Community-Based Primary Care Nursing in Medically Underserved Communities” American Education Research Association, San Diego, CA.
  2. Maldonado, L.T., Ayala-Crespo, A., Walsh, M.M., Karwacki Sheff, E., & Morris, G. (2021). Ecological systems affecting urban childbearing Puerto Rican women in the city of Philadelphia. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 25: 929-937. doi:10.1007/s10995-021-03121-7
  3. Hill, R. & Karwacki Sheff, E.J. (Eds.) (2019). Lippincott Pharmacology Review for the NCLEX-RN. Wolters Kluwer.