Faculty Associates

Lisa Duffy, PhD, MPH, RN, CPNP-PC


  Dr. Duffy has a clinical background in child neurology and is certified as both a neuroscience and multiple sclerosis nurse. Dr. Duffy obtained her doctoral degree from Boston College in 2013 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in patient-centered outcomes with a second master’s degree in public health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2016. Dr. Duffy’s research interests include patient centered outcomes and self-management of chronic neurological conditions including pediatric onset MS. Her current program of research involves creating and testing innovative solutions to improve outcomes in both patients and their families.   

Janet Rico MBA, NP-BC, PhD


Dr Rico is the Assistant Dean for Graduate Nursing at Northeastern University. She holds a Bachelor of Science from St. Anselm College, MBA from Boston University, Masters in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a PhD in Law and Policy from Northeastern University. Certified as a Nurse Practitioner in both family and geriatrics, she practices in the Emergency Department at Massachusetts General Hospital. She presently serves om the Board of Fallon Healthcare as well as on Massachusetts” PCA Workforce Council and as the ARC of Massachusetts Steering and Policy Committee Chair. She has served as the Chair of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, as a member of the Massachusetts’ Patient Centered Medical Home Council, as Co-Chair of the Massachusetts’ Department of Developmental Services Turning 22 Task Force for Medically Intensive individuals with Developmental Disabilities and on the Massachusetts’ Health Information Technology Advisory Committee. She has also served on the boards of Vinfen Corporation and on the ARC of Massachusetts Board of Directors. 

Valeria Ramdin PhD, MS, APRN-BC, CNE


Dr. Ramdin is a board certified nurse practitioner and Certified Nurse Educator who have dedicated the past 30 years of her life to nursing with compassion. She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northeastern University, in 1992, 1995 and 2016 respectively.  She has varied specialty experience but recently she has dedicated most of her time in academic nursing helping to shape the future generation of nurses, in the traditional class, research and innovations. She has served at the bedside, in the community and in leadership roles both in practice and in academia.  The desire to care and a passion for nursing has won her many awards for “Excellence in Caring” including the “ Fleischman Bernay’s from Mount Auburn Hospital and the New England Regional Black Nurses Association Awards  as well as the Academic Nursing Early Career Award from the Massachusetts Association of Colleges of Nursing.  Her area of interest in the field of “self-care” grew out of her primary care nurse practitioner practice and she is currently working with an interdisciplinary team of researchers to develop a prototype service for enhancing autonomy in the older adult transitioning to or living in residential care communities. With healthcare experiences both national and international, she is passionate and is excited to help shape  “thinking beyond your boundary through innovation.”