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Dr. Burke received her BS in Nursing from Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing, MS in Parent Child Health Nursing from Boston University, PhD in Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College, and post-master’s certificate as a family nurse practitioner from Boston College. She completed two post-doctoral fellowships, one in adolescent health and another in substance abuse.

Dr. Burke’s nursing career at Boston Children’s Hospital has spanned more 25 years. She is an advanced practice nurse and a seasoned educator whose work exemplifies interdisciplinary collaboration. Prior to joining the faculty at Northeastern University in 2011, Dr. Burke held faculty appointments at Boston University and at Boston College, where she served as chair of the Maternal and Child Health Nursing Department. She also holds appointments at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health. In July 2014 she assumed the role of interim dean for Northeastern University’s School of Nursing, which is part of Bouvé College of Health Sciences.

Dr. Burke is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. She is a member of the Expert Panel on Adolescence for the American Academy of Pediatrics’Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children and Adolescents. She has served as co-director of Nurse Training for the LEAH (Leadership Education in Adolescent Health) Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and is co-investigator on the NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) funded R34 study entitled A Real-time, Contextual Intervention using Mobile Technology to Reduce Marijuana Use in Youth (PI is Lydia Shrier, MD). Dr. Burke is the Northeastern School of Nursing site director for a SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) funded Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Professional Training Grant, awarded to Boston Children’s Hospital (PI-Sharon Levy & Elissa Weitzman) in collaboration with Simmons College School of Social Work.


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  1. Shrier LA, Burke PJ, Parker S, Edwards R, Jonestrask C, Pluhar E, Harris SK. Development and pilot testing of a counseling-plus-mHealth intervention to reduce risk for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection in young women with depression. Mhealth. 2020; 6:17. View abstract
  2. Katz-Wise SL, Gordon AR, Burke PJ, Jonestrask C, Shrier LA. Healthcare Clinician and Staff Perspectives on Facilitators and Barriers to Ideal Sexual Health Care to High-Risk Depressed Young Women: A Qualitative Study of Diverse Clinic Systems. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2020 Mar 05. View abstract
  3. Kells M, Burke PJ, Parker S, Jonestrask C, Shrier LA. Engaging Youth (Adolescents and Young Adults) to Change Frequent Marijuana Use: Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) in Primary Care. J Pediatr Nurs. 2019 Nov - Dec; 49:24-30. View abstract
  4. Long-Middleton ER, Burke PJ, Rankin SH. Predictors of HIV Risk Reduction in Adolescent Girls. MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs. 2019 May/Jun; 44(3):150-156. View abstract
  5. Burke PJ, Katz-Wise SL, Spalding A, Shrier LA. Intimate Relationships and Sexual Behavior in Young Women withDepression. J Adolesc Health. 2018 10; 63(4):429-434. View abstract
  6. Shrier LA, Burke PJ, Kells M, Scherer EA, Sarda V, Jonestrask C, Xuan Z, Harris SK. Pilot randomized trial of MOMENT, a motivational counseling-plus-ecological momentary intervention to reduce marijuana use in youth. Mhealth. 2018; 4:29. View abstract
  7. Calzo JP, Melchiono M, Richmond TK, Leibowitz SF, Argenal RL, Goncalves A, Pitts S, Gooding HC, Burke P. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Adolescent Health: An Interprofessional Case Discussion. MedEdPORTAL. 2017 Aug 09; 13:10615. View abstract
  8. Murphy MK, Burke PJ, Haider S. A Qualitative Application of Diffusion of Innovations to Adolescents' Perceptions of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception's Attributes. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2017 Aug; 30(4):484-490. View abstract
  9. Thabault PJ, Burke PJ, Ades PA. Intensive behavioral treatment weight loss program in an adult primary care practice. J Am Assoc Nurse Pract. 2016 May; 28(5):249-57. View abstract
  10. Kells M, Dunn K, Melchiono M, Burke P. Advance practice nurse fellowships: creating awareness, creating opportunities. J Pediatr Health Care. 2015 May-Jun; 29(3):297-301. View abstract
  11. Burke PJ, Coles MS, Di Meglio G, Gibson EJ, Handschin SM, Lau M, Marcell AV, Tebb KP, Urbach K. Sexual and reproductive health care: a position paper of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. J Adolesc Health. 2014 Apr; 54(4):491-6. View abstract
  12. Shrier LA, Rhoads A, Burke P, Walls C, Blood EA. Real-time, contextual intervention using mobile technology to reduce marijuana use among youth: a pilot study. Addict Behav. 2014 Jan; 39(1):173-80. View abstract
  13. Shrier LA, Rhoads AM, Fredette ME, Burke PJ. "Counselor in Your Pocket": Youth and Provider Perspectives on a Mobile Motivational Intervention for Marijuana Use. Subst Use Misuse. 2014 Jan 01; 49(1-2):134-144. View abstract
  14. Dodson NA, Gray SH, Burke PJ. Teen pregnancy prevention on a LARC: an update on long-acting reversible contraception for the primary care provider. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2012 Aug; 24(4):439-45. View abstract
  15. Long-Middleton ER, Burke PJ, Cahill Lawrence CA, Blanchard LB, Amudala NH, Rankin SH. Understanding motivations for abstinence among adolescent young women: insights into effective sexual risk reduction strategies. J Pediatr Health Care. 2013 Sep-Oct; 27(5):342-50. View abstract
  16. Chalfin SF, Burke P, Tonelli M. Intimate partner violence and adolescent mothers. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2012 Apr; 25(2):158-9. View abstract
  17. Burke PJ, Tonelli MS, Chalfin SF. Adolescents’ fertility concerns: “I’m not trying to get pregnant, but if I did.”. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2011 Dec; 24(6):413-4. View abstract
  18. Chung RJ, Burke PJ, Goodman E. Firm foundations: strength-based approaches to adolescent chronic disease. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2010 Aug; 22(4):389-97. View abstract
  19. Oliveira JO, Burke PJ. Lost in the shuffle: culture of homeless adolescents. Pediatr Nurs. 2009 May-Jun; 35(3):154-61. View abstract
  20. Aruda MM, Waddicor K, Frese L, Cole JC, Burke P. Early pregnancy in adolescents: diagnosis, assessment, options counseling, and referral. J Pediatr Health Care. 2010 Jan-Feb; 24(1):4-13. View abstract
  21. Aruda MM, McCabe M, Litty C, Burke P. Adolescent pregnancy diagnosis and outcomes: a six-year clinical sample. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2008 Feb; 21(1):17-9. View abstract
  22. Hawkins JW, Burke PJ, Steinberg S. Integrating practice issues in managed care into the curriculum: a Delphi survey. J Am Acad Nurse Pract. 2006 Dec; 18(12):582-90. View abstract
  23. Burke PJ, Da Silva JD, Vaughan BL, Knight JR. Training high school counselors on the use of motivational interviewing to screen for substance abuse. Subst Abus. 2005 Dec; 26(3-4):31-4. View abstract
  24. Burke PJ, O'Sullivan J, Vaughan BL. Adolescent substance use: brief interventions by emergency care providers. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2005 Nov; 21(11):770-6. View abstract