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Marie-Eileen Onieal, PhD
Marie-Eileen Onieal, PhD

    Dr. Marie-Eileen Onieal is the former director of health services for the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services. She held several administrative roles at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, including health policy coordinator at the Bureau of Health Quality Management, hospital preparedness coordinator at the Center for Emergency Preparedness, and executive director of the professional licensure board.

    Dr. Onieal holds a PhD in nursing and health policy from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her dissertation, "Hospital Closures in Massachusetts: A Case Study of the Waltham Hospital Closure," examined governmental, community, and employee perspectives on the 2003 Waltham Hospital closure in order to understand the impact of hospital closings and the perception of access to healthcare services resulting from the closure. She holds a master's in management of human services from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University; the focus of her master's project was after school-services for middle school children. Dr. Onieal earned a BS in nursing at Pace University, and her Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certificate at Northeastern University. Her clinical expertise is in pediatrics and orthopedics.

    Dr. Onieal is a founder of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), and a past president of that organization. In 1997, she was selected to be a US Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Fellow, representing the AANP. In recognition of her advocacy for nurse practitioners at the local, state and national levels, she was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in 2000.

    She is a frequent lecturer at national conferences and nurse practitioner programs. She has developed, initiated, and maintained the nurse practitioner role in multiple healthcare settings. he also directs the doctor of nursing practice program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah.

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