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.
Research Focus: Adolescent risk reduction, particularly adolescent reproductive health and substance abuse.